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Messe ocus Pangur bán

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    Messe ocus Pangur bán

    The scholar and his cat

  1. Messe ocus Pangur Bán,
    cechtar nathar fri saindán:
    bíth a menma-sam fri seilgg,
    mu menma céin im saincheirdd
  2. Caraim-se fos, ferr cach clú,
    oc mu lebrān, lēir ingnu;
    nī foirmtech frimm Pangur Bán:
    caraid cesin a maccdán.
  3. Ó ru biam, scél cen scís,
    innar tegdais, ar n-ōendís,
    tāithiunn, dīchrīchide clius,
    nī fris tarddam ar n-áthius.
  4. Gnáth, h-ūaraib, ar gressaib gal
    glenaid luch inna línsam;
    os mé, du-fuit im lín chéin
    dliged n-doraid cu n-dronchéill.
  5. Fūaichaid-sem fri frega fál
    a rosc, a n-glése comlán;
    fūachimm chēin fri fēgi fis
    mu rosc rēil, cesu imdis.
  6. Fāelid-sem cu n-déne dul
    hi n-glen luch inna gērchrub;
    hi tucu cheist n-doraid n-dil
    os mē chene am fāelid.
  7. Cia beimmi a-min nach ré
    nī derban cách a chēle:
    maith la cechtar nár a dán;
    subaigthius a óenurán.
  8. h-Ē fesin as choimsid dáu
    in muid du-ngní cach ōenláu;
    du thabairt doraid du glé
    for mo mud cēin am messe.

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Title (uniform): Messe ocus Pangur bán

Title (translation, English Translation): The Scholar and his Cat

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Electronic edition compiled by: Donnchadh Ó Corráin

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

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2. Second draft, revised and corrected.

Extent: 1005 words

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Publisher: CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork

Address: College Road, Cork, Ireland— http://www.ucc.ie/celt

Date: 1996

Date: 2010

Distributor: CELT online at University College, Cork, Ireland.

CELT document ID: G400001

Availability: 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.

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Manuscript sources

  • Unterdrauberg Carinthia, MS Codex Sancti Pauli.


  1. David Greene, Frank O'Connor, Meisse ocus Pangur Bán, A Golden Treasury of Irish Poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200 (London 1967) 81–83.
  2. Joseph Manning, Pangur Bán, Academy 24 (1883) 419–20.
  3. Whitley Stokes, John Strachan, Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus, vol. 2 (1903) 293–4.
  4. Ernst Windisch, Irische Texte mit Wörterbuch (Leipzig 1880) 316.
  5. Heinrich Zimmer, Glossae Hibernicae (Berlin 1881) 267–268.


  1. David Greene, Frank O'Connor, Meisse ocus Pangur Bán, A Golden Treasury of Irish Poetry, A.D. 600 to 1200 (London 1967) 81–83. Into English.
  2. Tadhg O'Donoghue, Pangur Bán, Ériu 1 (1904) 66. Modern Irish rendering.
  3. Whitley Stokes, John Strachan, Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus, vol. 2 (1903) 293–4.

Sources, comment on the text, and secondary literature

  1. W. J. Gruffydd, Pangur, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 7 (1933) 4.
  2. Rudolf Thurneysen, Zum Gedicht von St. Paul II, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903) 206.
  3. Rudolf Thurneysen, Zur irischen Grammatik und Literatur, 2. Zum Gedicht von St. Paul, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 11 (1917) 308–309.
  4. Victor Tourneur, Pangur Ban, Revue celtique 24 (1903) 412–413.

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‘The Scholar and his Cat’ (1956). In: Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century‍. Ed. by Gerard Murphy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 2.

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  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
  title 	 = {The Scholar and his Cat},
  booktitle 	 = {Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century},
  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
  address 	 = {Oxford},
  publisher 	 = {Clarendon Press},
  date 	 = {1956},
  pages 	 = {2}


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Creation: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria c.800–850

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  • The text is in Old Irish. (ga)
  • The subtitle is in English. (en)

Keywords: poetry; medieval; humour; cats

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  1. 2010-11-15: File updated; new wordcount made; conversion script run. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  2. 2008-09-03: File validated. (ed. Beatrix Färber)
  3. 2008-07-30: Keywords added. (ed. Ruth Murphy)
  4. 2005-08-25: Normalised language codes and edited langUsage for XML conversion (ed. Julianne Nyhan)
  5. 2005-08-04T16:02:14+0100: Converted to XML (ed. Peter Flynn)
  6. 1997-09-05: Header created; text parsed using SGMLS. (ed. Margaret Lantry)
  7. 1996-02-05: Creation and insertion of TEI header for the anthology; revision of structural mark-up. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)
  8. 1996-02-05: Revised text parsed and mark-up verified using SGMLS. (ed. Mavis Cournane)
  9. 1995-08: Checking and proofing text. (ed. Tiarnán Ó Corráin)
  10. 1995-02: Checking and proofing text. (ed. Mavis Cournane)
  11. 1994: Checking and proofing text. (ed. Aideen O'Leary)
  12. 1994: Proofing and correction of edition. (ed. Patricia Kelly)
  13. 1993: Data capture completed. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)

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