Verba Scáthaige

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Verba Scáthaige

    Verba Scáthaige
    verse beg. A mbé eirr óengaile

    • Old Irish
    • verse
    • Early Irish poetry, Ulster Cycle
    Poem in the form of a prophecy delivered by Scáthach to Cú Chulainn.
    Initial words (verse)
    • A mbé eirr óengaile
    “When you are a peerless champion”
    A mbe<ë> eirr ōengaile (initial line of verse, as reconstructed in the edition by P. L. Henry).
    Context(s)
    The (textual) context(s) to which the present text belongs or in which it is cited in part or in whole.
    independent, Tochmarc Emire
    Language
    • Old Irish
    Date
    7th-8th century
    Form
    verse (primary)
    prose (secondary)

    Verse, with prose introduction.

    Metre
    dactyllic (trisyllabic), except in verses 8, 20 and 29 (Henry)
      Number of lines
      32
      Textual relationships
      Refers to various combats at the ford undertaken by Cú Chulainn in the course of the story told in Táin bó Cuailnge

      Classification

      Early Irish poetry Ulster Cycle

      Subject tags

       Cú Chulainn  Scáthach  Medb Crúachna  Ailill mac Máta  Finnbennach  Donn Cuailnge
      • Sources

      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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

      [ed.] [tr.] Henry, P. L. [ed. and tr.], “Verba Scáthaige”, Celtica 21 (1990): 191–207.
      Celtica – eprint (PDF): <link>
      [ed.] Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Verba Scáthaige nach 23 N 10”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 487–488.
      Internet Archive: <link>
      [ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Verba Scāthaige fri CoinCulaind”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 5, Halle and Dublin, 1913. 28–30.
      Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-5: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 3-5: <link>

      Secondary sources

      Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.
      Internet Archive: <link>
      376–377

      Queried results

      if available
      Henry, P. L. [ed. and tr.], “Verba Scáthaige”, Celtica 21 (1990): 191–207.
      Celtica – eprint (PDF): <link>
      Thurneysen, Rudolf, Die irische Helden- und Königsage bis zum siebzehnten Jahrhundert, Halle: Niemeyer, 1921.
      Internet Archive: <link>
      376–377   [2.30] “Verba Scāthaige”
      Thurneysen, Rudolf [ed.], “Verba Scáthaige nach 23 N 10”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 487–488.
      Internet Archive: <link>
      Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Verba Scāthaige fri CoinCulaind”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 5, Halle and Dublin, 1913. 28–30.
      Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive – vols 1-5: <link> Internet Archive – vols. 3-5: <link>

      web page identifiers

      page name: Verba Scáthaige
      page url: //www.vanhamel.nl/codecs/Verba_Sc%C3%A1thaige
      page ID: 120
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