Early Irish Lyrics: 8th-12th Century / Edition 2

Early Irish Lyrics: 8th-12th Century / Edition 2

by Gerard Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1851821988

ISBN-13: 9781851821983

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Four Courts Press

'Irish poetry is unique in the Middle Ages in freshness of spirit and perfection of form.' So writes Gerard Murphy in the introduction to this classic anthology. The first of the anthology's two sections contains thirty-three poems of monastic inspiration, including well-known works such as the poem of the Scholar and his cat Pangur ban; the second section is devoted…  See more details below

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'Irish poetry is unique in the Middle Ages in freshness of spirit and perfection of form.' So writes Gerard Murphy in the introduction to this classic anthology. The first of the anthology's two sections contains thirty-three poems of monastic inspiration, including well-known works such as the poem of the Scholar and his cat Pangur ban; the second section is devoted to secular works, and features twenty-five poems containing lyrics mainly spoken by characters in the prose sagas. Reprint (3rd Printing)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851821983
Publisher:
Four Courts Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Abbreviations
Monastic Poems
Ninth Century
1The Scholar and his Cat2
2The Scribe in the Woods4
3The Bell4
4The Lord of Creation4
5The Blackbird by Belfast Loch6
6The Blackbird Calling from the Willow6
7Sell not Heaven for Sin6
8King and Hermit10
9A Hermit Song18
10God Be with Me22
11Jesus and Saint Ite26
Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
12Manchan's Wish28
13All Things to all Men32
14Christ's Cross32
15I Invoke Thee, God36
16Prayer for Forgiveness36
17On the Flightiness of Thought38
18Be thou my Vision42
19Evening Hymn44
20Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary46
21I am Eve50
22Invocation of the Holy Spirit52
23Deus Meus52
24Lord, Guard me54
25Beloved Lord, Pity me58
26My Mind's Desire58
Twelfth Century
27Prayer for Tears62
28Praise God64
Poems Connected with the Life of Colum Cille
29A Blue Eye Will Look Back64
30An Exile's Dream66
31The Three Best-beloved Places68
32Derry68
33My Hand Is Weary with Writing70
Secular Poems
Miscellaneous
34The Lament of the Old Woman of Beare74
35Liadan Tells of Her Love for Cuirithir82
36The Lament of Creide, Daughter of Guaire of Aidne, for Dinertach, Son of Guaire of the Ui Fidgente86
37On the Loss of a Pet Goose88
38Ungenerous Payment90
Otherworld Poems
39Manannan, God of the Sea, Describes his Kingdom to Bran and Predicts the Birth of Mongan92
40The Island Protected by a Bridge of Glass100
41Fair Lady, Will You Go with Me?104
42Loeg's Description to Cu Chulainn of Labraid's Home in Mag Mell106
Nature Poems Attributed to Suibne Geilt
43My Little Oratory112
44The Cry of the Garb112
45Suibne and Eorann118
46Suibne in the Woods122
47Suibne in the Snow138
Poems from the Finn-Cycle
48Cael Praises Creide's House140
49Creide's Lament for Cael148
50The Passing of the Fiana152
51Description of Winter and Memory of the Past154
52May-day156
53Summer has Gone160
54Grainne Speaks of Diarmait160
55Diarmait's Sleep160
56Oisin's Parting from Cailte164
57These Hands have been Withered166
58Once I was Yellow-haired168
Notes171
Glossary241
Index of Names304
Index of First Lines314

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