Ríagol Ailbi Imlecha‘The rule of Ailbe of Emly’
verse beg. Apair dam fri mac Saráin

  • Old Irish
  • verse
  • Irish religious texts
Old Irish monastic rule in metrical form
Ríagol Ailbi Imlecha
‘The rule of Ailbe of Emly’
“In the three MSS which contain the beginning of our Rule, it is headed Riagol ailbi Imlecha oc tinchosc Eogain mic Sarain” (O Neill, p. 95).
Initial words (verse)
  • Apair dam fri mac Saráin
  • Old Irish
  • “The language of the Rule is Old Irish, though it contains a few Middle-Irish forms, such as gebes v. 1, geba v. 10, and the monosyllabic cóir v. 31 a, which are all fixed by the rhyme; the Middle-Irish plural mugada in 39 a is such a late form that it seems to point to some corruption in the text” (O Neill, p. 93).
verse (primary)
“7 + 72, with a disyllabic ending in the first part of the line [...]” (O Neill).
    Number of stanzas


    Irish religious texts


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    [crit. ed.] [tr.] O'Neill, Joseph, “The rule of Ailbe of Emly”, Ériu 3 (1907): 92–115.
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    Critical edition, with English translation, introduction and notes.
    Dennis Groenewegen
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