CELT document G400007

A ben, bennacht fort-ná ráid!

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    A ben, bennacht fort-ná ráid!

    Sell not heaven for sin

    At-rubairt Daniél ua Líathaiti, airchinnech Lis Móir, ocá guide don mnaí. Esseom ropo anmchara disi. Baí-si immurgu ocá thothlugud-som. Is and as-bert-som:

  1. A ben, bennacht fort — ná ráid!
    Imráidem dáil m-brátha búain.
    A-tá irchra for cach n-dúil:
    ad-águr dul i n-úir n-úair.
  2.  p.8
  3. Im-ráidi baís cen bríg m-baí:
    is súaichnid ní gaís fris-ngní.
    A n-as-bir-siu bid rád fás:
    bid nessa ar m-bás 'síu 'ma-rrí.
  4. A n-airchenn fil ar ar cinn
    bad mebor linn (éirim n-gann):
    sunn cía na-cráidem in Ríg,
    bami aithrig is tír thall.
  5. Ríched ní renaim ar chol;
    dam ad-fíther cía do-gnem.
    Ní nád faigbe síu íar sin
    ní thaibre ar bin, a ben.
  6. Léic úait a n-í condat-sil;
    do chuit i n-nim náchas-ren;
    for fóesam n-Dé eirg dot treib
    bendacht úaim-se beir, a ben.
  7. Messe tussu, tussu mé,
    águr, áigthe Fíadait fó;
    guid-siu, gigsea Coimdid cáid:
    a ben, ná ráid ní bas mó.
  8. Ná bí for seilg neich nád maith
    dáig fot-cheird ind Flaith for cel;
    áigthe, águr Críst cen chin
    ná ro-lámur tríst, a ben.

  9. 'Bid fír ón,' or sisi. Ro slécht-si for a bith-denma-som in eret ro boí i m-bethaid.

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Title (uniform): A ben, bennacht fort-ná ráid!

Title (translation, English Translation): Sell not Heaven for Sin

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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: 939 words

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Date: 1996

Date: 2010

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

CELT document ID: G400007

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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  1. Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1339, 278a21 (olim Book of Leinster olim H. 2. 18) (L).
  2. Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1337, 731 (olim H. 3.18) (H).


  1. Ernst Windisch, Über das altirische Gedicht im Codex Boernerianus und über die altirischen Zauberformeln, Berichte der Königl. Sächs. Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften 42 (1890) 86–88.
  2. Kuno Meyer, Daniel húa Liathaide's advice to a woman, Ériu 1 (1904) 67–71.


  • H. d'Arbois de Jubainville, Documents irlandais publiés par M. Windisch, Revue celtique 12 (1891) 158–160. French translation.

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‘Sell not Heaven for Sin’ (1956). In: Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century‍. Ed. by Gerard Murphy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 6–8.

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  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
  title 	 = {Sell not Heaven for Sin},
  booktitle 	 = {Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century},
  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
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  publisher 	 = {Clarendon Press},
  date 	 = {1956},
  pages 	 = {6–8}


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Creation: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria c.825-875

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  • The text is in Old Irish. (ga)
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Keywords: poetry; medieval; religious

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  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)
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  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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