verse beg. Sith co nem. Nem co doman

  • Early Irish
  • verse, rosc
  • Early Irish poetry, Mythological Cycle
A prophecy in rosc found in Cath Maige Tuired, where it is attributed to the Morrígan. It seems to predict a time of great prosperity, while the next roscad prophecy, beginning ‘Ní accus bith na mbéo’, speaks instead of social disaster and the end of the world.
Initial words (verse)
  • Sith co nem. Nem co doman
“Peace up to heaven. Heaven down to earth”
Context(s)The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
Speaker: The Morrígan
Ascribed to: The MorríganThe Morrígan (ass. time-frame: Túatha Dé Danann, Ulster Cycle) – deity or supernatural figure in medieval Irish literature, frequently associated with war and destruction; she sometimes appears as part of a triad with Macha and the Badb; also associated with Nemain.
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attributed to the Morrígan
  • Early Irish
verse, rosc (primary)
prose (secondary)

Poem, with prose introduction.


Early Irish poetry Mythological Cycle


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.] Gray, Elizabeth A., Cath Maige Tuired: The second battle of Mag Tuired, Irish Texts Society 52, Kildare: Irish Texts Society, 1982.  
comments: Edition, with translation, introduction, notes and indexes, of the tale Cath Maige Tuired
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
70–71 [id. 166.] Text, with only a partial English translation.
[ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Zu irischen Texten”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 12 (1918): 398–407.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
406 Text only.
Dennis Groenewegen
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