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It é saigte gona súain

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: 935 words


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Text ID Number: G400036

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    Manuscript sources
  1. London, British Library, Harleian 5280, f. 15b.
  1. Kuno Meyer, The Song of Créde daughter of Guaire, Ériu 2 (1905), 15-17.
  1. Kuno Meyer, The Song of Créde daughter of Guaire, Ériu 2 (1905), 15-17.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Gerard Murphy, The Lament of Créide, Daughter of Gúaire of Aidne, for Dínertach, Son of Gúaire of the Ui Fhidgente in Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century, Ed. Gerard Murphy. , Oxford, Clarendon Press (1956) page 86–88


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Created: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria Date range: c.775–825.

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Language: [GA] The text is in Old Irish.
Language: [EN] The subtitle is in English.

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Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G400036

It é saigte gona súain: Author: [unknown]


The lament of Créide, daughter of Gúaire of Aidne, for Dínertach, son of Gúaire of the Uí Fidgente

Créda ingen Gúairiu ru chan na runnu-sa de Dínertach mac Gúairi maic Nechtain do Uib Fidgenti. Di-connuirc-si isin treus Aidne ro geghin secht n-goine deac for seglach a léniod. Ro-carostoir-sie ierum. Is ann is-pert-sie:
  1. It é saigte gona súain,
    cech thrátha i n-aidchi adúair,
    serccoí, lia gnása, íar n-dé,
    fir a tóeb thíre Roigne.
  2. Rográd fir ala thíre
    ro-síacht sech a chomdíne
    ruc mo lí (ní lór do dath);
    ním-léci do thindabrad.
  3. Relegated to notes page 212 by editor

  4. Sirechtach nad faco-sa
    Dinertach rom i Lecoin
    imbi nibad infechtoin
    im mac Guairi mec Nechtoin.
  5. Binniu laídib a labrad
    acht Ríg nime nóebadrad:
    án bréo cen bréthir m-braise,
    céle tana tóebthaise.
  6. Imsa naídiu robsa náir:
    ní bínn fri dúla dodáil;
    ó do-lod i n-inderb n-aís
    rom-gab mo théte togaís.
  7. Táthum cech maith la Gúaire,
    la ríg n-Aidni adúaire;
    tocair mo menma óm thúathaib
    isin íath i n-Irlúachair.
  8. Canair a i n-íath Aidni áin,
    im thóebu Cille Colmáin,
    án bréo des Luimnech lechtach
    díanid comainm Dínertach.

  9. p.88

  10. Cráidid mo chride cainech,
    a Chríst cáid, a foraided:
    it é saigte gona súain
    cech thrátha i n-aidchi adúair.