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Mé Éba, ben Ádaim uill

Author: [unknown]

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Electronic edition compiled by Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CURIA Project.

2. Second draft, revised and corrected.

Extent of text: 775 words


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(1996) (2010)

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Text ID Number: G400021

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The hard copy on which the present electronic edition is based is copyright by Oxford University Press, and is here used by kind permission of the publishers.


    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 1080, f. 146b (olim B iv 2, see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 24, 3021).
  2. London, British Libary, Add. 19995, f. 2a.
  1. Kuno Meyer, Eve's Lament, Ériu 3 (1907) 148. Michael O'Clery's text.
  1. Kuno Meyer, Eve's Lament, Ériu 3 (1907) 148.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Gerard Murphy, I am Eve in Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century, Ed. Gerard Murphy. , Oxford, Clarendon Press (1956) page 50–52


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Profile Description

Created: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria Date range: c.1000–1100.

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [EN] Subtitle is in English.

Revision History

Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G400021

Mé Éba, ben Ádaim uill: Author: [unknown]


I am Eve

  1. Éba, ben Ádaim uill;
    mé ro sáraig Ísu thall;
    mé ro thall nem ar mo chloinn:
    cóir is mé do-chóid sa crann.
  2. Ropa lem rígtheg dom réir;
    olc in míthoga rom-thár;
    olc in cosc cinad rom-chrín:
    for-ír! ni h-idan mo lám.
  3. Mé tuc in n-uball an-úas;
    do-chúaid tar cumang mo chraís;
    in céin marat-sam re lá
    de ní scarat mná re baís.

  4. p.52

  5. Ní bíad eigred in cach dú;
    ní bíad geimred gáethmar glé;
    nó bíad iffern; ní bíad brón;
    ní bíad oman, minbad mé.