CELT document G400020

A Maire mín, maithingen

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    A Maire mín, maithingen

    Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Colum Cille cecinit:

  1. A Maire mín, maithingen,
    tabair fortacht dún,
    a chrïol cuirp choimdeta,
    a chomrair na rún.
  2. A rígain na rígraide,
    a noíbingen óg,
    áil dún coro dílgaithe,
    triut, ar tairmthecht tróg.
  3. A thrócar, a dílgedach,
    co rath Spirta glain,
    guid linn in Ríg fírbrethach
    don chlainn chumra chain.
  4. A chráeb do chrunn Iasa
    asin chollchaill choím
    áil dam condom-biasa
    dílgud mo chuil chloín.
  5.  p.48
  6. A Maire, a minn mórmaisech,
    ro sháerais ar síl,
    a lésbaire lórmaisech,
    a lubgort na ríg,
  7. A lígach, a lainnerda,
    co n-gním gensa gil,
    a arg óir chaín chainnelda,
    a noíbgein do nim.
  8. A máthair na fírinne,
    ro chinnis for cách;
    guid lemsa do Phrímgeine
    dom saerad i m-bráth.
  9. A búadach, a bunata,
    a buidnech, a balc,
    guid lem Críst cumachta,
    t' Athair is do Mac.
  10. A rétla rán rogaide,
    a bile fo bláth,
    a shutrall trén togaide,
    a grian goires cách,
  11. A áraid na ollairbe
    trésa cing cach cáid,
    corop tú ar conmairche
    dochum ríchid ráin!
  12. A chaithir chóem chumraide,
    dot-róega in Rí;
    oll oíge boí it urbruinne
    treimse co ba thrí.
  13. A rígdorus rogaide
    tríasar chin i crí
    grían taitnemach thogaide,
    Ísu Mac Dé bí,
  14.  p.50
  15. Ar écnairc na Coímgeine
    ro coimpred it brú,
    ar écnairc in Oíngeine
    as Airdrí in cach dú,
  16. Ar écnairc a chroiche-sium
    as uaisliu cech croich,
    ar écnairc a adnacail
    ad-ranacht i cloich,
  17. Ar écnairc a eiséirge
    as-raracht ría cách,
    ar écnairc a noíbtheglaig
    as cach dú do bráth,
  18. Corop tú ar commairche
    i flaith Coimded cain,
    co n-dechsam la Ísucán
    áilim céinbe mair.

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Title (uniform): A Maire mín, maithingen

Title (translation, English Translation): Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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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: 1093 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: G400020

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

  1. Oxford, Bodleian Libary, Laud 614, p. 90 (L).
  2. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 967, p. 90 (olim 23 N 10, see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy fasc. 22, 2769). (N).
  3. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 1080, f. 137r (olim B iv 2, see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy fasc. 24, 3021).


  1. Charles Plummer, Irish Litanies (London 1925) 96–99.
  2. John Strachan, Anecdoton, Ériu 1 (1904) 122.
  3. Paul Walsh, An Irish Hymn to the Blessed Virgin, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th series, 29 (1911) 172–177.


  1. Kuno Meyer, Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry (London 1911) 32 sq.
  2. Charles Plummer, Irish Litanies (London 1925) 96-99.
  3. Paul Walsh, An Irish Hymn to the Blessed Virgin, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th series, 29 (1911) 172-177.

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‘Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ (1956). In: Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century‍. Ed. by Gerard Murphy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 46–50.

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  title 	 = {Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary},
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  publisher 	 = {Clarendon Press},
  date 	 = {1956},
  pages 	 = {46–50}


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Creation: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria c.1000–1100

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  • The text is in Middle Irish. (ga)
  • One word is in Latin. (la)
  • Subtitle is in English. (en)

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)
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  9. 1995-08: Checking and proofing text. (ed. Tiarnán Ó Corráin)
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  12. 1994: Proofing and correction of edition. (ed. Patricia Kelly)
  13. 1993: Data capture completed. (ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin)

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