verse beg. Robad mellach a meic mo Dé

  • Middle Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry, Early Irish lyrics
Middle Irish poem attributed to Colum Cille.
Initial words (verse)
  • Robad mellach a meic mo Dé
“It would be pleasant o Son of my God”
Ascribed to
Colum CilleColum Cille / Columba (fl. 6th century) – founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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attributed to Colum Cille
  • Middle Irish
c. 1000 (Murphy)
verse (primary)
Number of stanzas
9 or 10 » The quatrain between stt 8 and 9 is the same as the opening quatrain of another poem, beg. Tréide as dile lem fo-rácbus. Murphy regards as it as an interpolation.


Early Irish poetry
 Early Irish lyrics


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], “Anonymous: An exile’s dream”, in: Murphy, Gerard [ed. and tr.], Early Irish lyrics: eighth to twelfth century, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1956. 66–69, 202–204.
CELT – edition: <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Colum Cille cecinit”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 7 (1910): 309–310.
Internet Archive: <link>
Based on RIA 23 N 10 and RIA B iv 2.

Secondary sources (select)

Herbert, Máire, “Becoming an exile: Colum Cille in Middle-Irish poetry”, in: Nagy, Joseph Falaky, and Leslie Ellen Jones (eds.), Heroic poets and poetic heroes in Celtic tradition. A Festschrift for Patrick K. Ford, CSANA Yearbook 3, 4, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 131–140.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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