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Hymnum S. Cú Chuimne in laudem S. Mariae

Author: Cú Chuimne Sapiens

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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.

Proof corrections by Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Extent of text: 1455 words


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    Manuscript sources
  1. A. Karlsruhe, Landesbibliothek, MS Augiensis CCXXI (saec. viii).
  2. B. Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, MS A. VII.3 (saec. ix).
  3. C. Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1441 (olim E. 4. 2) (saec. xi).
  4. D. UCD, OFM-A 2 (olim Killiney, Co Dublin, Franciscan Library at Dún Mhuire, MS A 2).
    Editions and Translations
  1. J. H. Bernard and Robert Atkinson (ed), The Irish Liber Hymnorum i, Henry Bradshaw Society 13 (London 1898) 33–34; the praefatio and glosses in Irish and Latin from MSS C and D, printed in this edition, pp 32–34, and translated in J. H. Bernard and Robert Atkinson (ed), The Irish Liber Hymnorum ii, Henry Bradshaw Society 14 (London 1898) 17 (praefatio only) are not re-produced in this electronic edition.
  2. Clemens Blume (ed), Hymnodia Hiberno-Celtica saeculi V.–IX in Analecta Hymnica 51, pars altera (Leipzig 1908) no. 233, pp 305–06. It is in Patrologia Latina Supplementum iv, 2081.
  3. David R. Howlett, Five experiments in textual reconstruction and analysis IV. Cú Chuimne's Hymn, Cantemus in omni die in Peritia 9 (1995) 19–30. [Translation on pp 26–27.]
    Sources, comment on the texts, and secondary literature
  1. E. Coccia, La cultura irlandese precarolingia: miracolo o mito?, Studi medievali, ser. terza, 8 (1967) pp 297–98 (practically worthless).
  2. David R. Howlett. op. cit. (fundamental).
  3. J. F. Kenney, Sources for the early history of Ireland: ecclesiastical (Columbia 1929), item 98, pp 269–70.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. D. R. Howlett, Five experiments in textual reconstruction and analysis IV. Cú Chuimne's Hymn, Cantemus in omni die in Peritia, Ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin. , Turnhout, Brepols S.A.volume 9 (1995) page 19–30


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Created: By Cú Chuimne sapiens, a monastic scholar of Iona. Date range: c.700–747.

Use of language

Language: [LA] The text is in Latin.
Language: [DE] Some German in witness list in front matter.
Language: [EN] Some English in witness list in front matter.

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Hymnum S. Cú Chuimne in laudem S. Mariae: Author: Cú Chuimne Sapiens

List of witnesses

1] Cantemus in omni die concinnantes uarie
2] conclamantes Deo dignum ymnum Sancte Marie .
3] Bis per chorum hinc et inde conlaudemus Mariam
4] ut uox pulset omnem aurem per laudem uicariam.
5] Maria de tribu Iuda Summi mater Domini
6] oportunam dedit curam egrotanti homini.
7] Gabriel aduexit Verbum sinu prius Paterno
8] quod conceptum et susceptum in utero materno.
9] Hec est summa, hec est sancta uirgo uenerabilis,
10] que ex fide non recessit sed exstetit stabilis.
11] Huic matri nec inuenta ante nec post similis
12] nec de prole fuit plane humane originis.
13] Per mulierem et lignum mundus prius periit;
14] per mulieris uirtutem ad salutem rediit.
15] Maria mater miranda Patrem suum edidit
16] per quem aqua late lotus totus mundus credidit.
17] Hec concepit margaritam — non sunt uana somnia —
18] pro qua sani Christiani uendunt sua omnia.
19] Tunicam per totum textam Christi mater fecerat
20] que peracta Christi morte sorte statim steterat.
21] Induamus arma lucis loricam et galiam
22] ut simus Deo perfecti suscepti per Mariam.
23] Amen Amen adiuramus merita puerpere
24] ut non possit flamma pire nos dire decerpere.
25] Christi nomen inuocamus angelis sub testibus
26] ut fruamur et scribamur litteris celestibus .
27] Sancte Marie meritum
28] imploramus dignissimum.
29] ut mereamur solium
30] habitare altissimum.
31] Amen.