CELT document G400027

Tuc dam, a Dé móir

Unknown author

Whole text


    Tuc dam, a Dé móir

    Prayer for tears

  1. Tuc dam, a Dé móir,
    for bith ché (ní chél),
    ar píana na plág,
    tonna díana dér.
  2. Dom-roiched for rith
    soithech ná rop saich
    co rós m' áenur moch
    tar cach m-báegul m-braith.
  3. Uchán, a Chríst cáidh,
    cen sruthán dom grúaid,
    feib tucais in linn
    don banscáil timm thrúaig.
  4. Uchán, ar cach n-alt
    cen sruthán tar m' ucht
    co rob nige in-nocht
    dom chride 's dom churp.
  5. Ar cach senóir sruith
    fo-rácaib a thoich,
    ar do ríge réil,
    ar do chéim for croich,
  6. Ar cach óen ro chí
    a chlóen for bith ché,
    mo chloíne, a Dé bí,
    co ro choíne mé.
  7. Ar do maith co mór,
    ar do ̇flaith cen lén,
    co h-opunn, co h-úain,
    tuc dam topur n-dér.
  8.  p.64
  9. A mo dile, a Dé,
    im chride do chrú.
    Déra dam, a Dé,
    cé do-béra acht tú?

Document details

The TEI Header

File description

Title statement

Title (uniform): Tuc dam, a Dé móir

Title (translation, English Translation): Prayer for Tears

Responsibility statement

Electronic edition compiled by: Donnchadh Ó Corráin

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

Edition statement

2. Second draft, revised and corrected.

Extent: 894 words

Publication statement

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: G400027

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.

Source description

Manuscript sources

  1. London, British Library, Add. 30512, f. 30b (A) (consulted only in a copy, Dublin, Trinity College Library MS 1285, 137b (olim H. 1. 11)).
  2. Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1297, col. 400 (olim H. 2. 6 olim Yellow Book of Lecan). (Y).
  3. British Library, Egerton 92, f. 6b. (E).


  1. Kuno Meyer, Neue Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften. Gebet um Thränen, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 3 (1906) 232.
  2. Paul Walsh, Three Irish Hymns, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th series, 29 (1911) 525–527.


  • Paul Walsh, Three Irish Hymns, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th series, 29 (1911) 525–527.

The edition used in the digital edition

‘Prayer for Tears’ (1956). In: Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century‍. Ed. by Gerard Murphy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 62–64.

You can add this reference to your bibliographic database by copying or downloading the following:

  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
  title 	 = {Prayer for Tears},
  booktitle 	 = {Early Irish lyrics, eighth to twelfth century},
  editor 	 = {Gerard Murphy},
  address 	 = {Oxford},
  publisher 	 = {Clarendon Press},
  date 	 = {1956},
  pages 	 = {62–64}


Encoding description

Project description: CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

Sampling declarations

All editorial introduction, translation, glossary, notes and indexes have been omitted. Editorial corrigenda are integrated into the electronic edition. Only the text of the Murphy's edition is retained, and for this electronic edition the variants cited by Murphy are not reproduced. A full citation of variants is likely in a future electronic edition.

Editorial declarations

Correction: Text has been checked and proof-read. All corrections and supplied text are tagged. Further checking is required.

Normalization: The electronic text represents the edited text. Words are segmented in accordance with CELT practice, but this segmentation may not be yet complete.

Quotation: There are no quotation marks.

Hyphenation: Soft hyphens are silently removed. When a hyphenated word (hard or soft) crosses a page-break or line-break, the page-break and line-break are marked after the completion of the hyphenated word.

Segmentation: div0 encloses the whole text; div1 is the poem. Page-breaks of the printed text are marked.

Standard values: There are no dates.

Interpretation: Names of persons (given names and surnames), groups (dynasties, tribes, peoples etc.), places are tagged. Numbers and dates are tagged.

Profile description

Creation: By anonymous authors in Irish monastic scriptoria c.1100–1200

Language usage

  • The text is in Middle Irish. (ga)
  • Subtitle is in English. (en)

Keywords: religious; poetry; medieval

Revision description

(Most recent first)

  1. 2010-11-14: 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. 2005-08-04T16:03:16+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)

Index to all documents

Standardisation of values

CELT Project Contacts



For details of the markup, see the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

page of the print edition

folio of the manuscript

numbered division

 999 line number of the print edition (in grey: interpolated)

underlining: text supplied, added, or expanded editorially

italics: foreign words; corrections (hover to view); document titles

bold: lemmata (hover for readings)

wavy underlining: scribal additions in another hand; hand shifts flagged with (hover to view)

TEI markup for which a representation has not yet been decided is shown in red: comments and suggestions are welcome.

Source document


Search CELT


    2 Carrigside, College Road, Cork