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Robad mellach, a meic mo Dé

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: 957 words


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Text ID Number: G400030

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    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 967, p. 91 (olim 23 N 10, see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 22, 2769). (N).
  2. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 1080, f. 141a (olim B iv 2, see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 24, 3021). (B).
  3. Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 5100–4, p. 41. (R).
  1. Kuno Meyer, Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften. Aus B. IV. 2 fo. 141a und 23 N. 10, S. 91, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 7 (1910) 309–310.
  2. Eugene O'Curry in W. Reeves (ed) The Life of S. Columba by Adamnan (Dublin 1857) 274–275.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Gerard Murphy, An Exile's Dream in Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century, Ed. Gerard Murphy. , Oxford, Clarendon Press (1956) page 66–68


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Created: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria Date range: c.975–1025.

Use of language

Language: [GA] The text is in Middle Irish.
Language: [LA] One word in Latin.
Language: [EN] Some words in English.

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Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G400030

Robad mellach, a meic mo Dé: Author: [unknown]


An exile's dream

Colum Cille cecinit:
  1. Robad mellach, a meic mo Dé,
    (dingnaib réimenn)
    ascnam tar tuinn topur n-dílenn
    dochum n-Éirenn;
  2. Go Mag n-Éolairg, sech Beinn Foibne,
    tar Loch Febail,
    airm i cluinfinn cuibdius cubaid
    ac na elaib.
  3. Slúag na faílenn robtis faíltig
    rér séol súntach
    día rísed Port na Ferg fáiltech
    in Derg Drúchtach.
  4. Rom-lín múich i n-ingnais Éirenn
    díam-sa coimsech,
    'san tír ainéoil conam-tharla
    taideóir toirsech.
  5. Trúag in turus do-breth form-sa,
    a Rí rúine:
    ach! ní ma-ndechad bu-déine
    do chath Chúile!
  6. Ba ma-ngénar do mac Dímma
    'na chill chredlaig,
    airm i g-cluinfinn tíar i n-Durmaig
    mían dom menmain;

  7. p.68

  8. Fúaim na gaíthe frisin leman
    golgaire in luin léith co n-aite
    iar m-béim eite;
  9. Éistecht co moch i r-Ros Grencha
    frisin damraid,
    coicetal na cúach don fidbaid
    ar brúach samraid.
  10. Ro grádaiges íatha Éirenn
    (deilm cen ellach):
    feis ac Comgall, cúairt co Caindech,
    robad mellach.