Historical Irish Corpus
1600 - 1926

Anecdota from Irish MSS.

Title
Anecdota from Irish MSS.
Author(s)
Meyer, Kuno,
Compiler/Editor
Mac Néill, Eoin
Composition Date
1897
Publisher
Connradh na Gaedhilge

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Poetry/Prose
1600 1926

ANECDOTA FROM IRISH MSS.



MS. Laud 615, p. 55



Colum Cille cecinit.



Sgíth mo chrob ón sgríbhinn,
ní dígainn mo ghlés gérall,
sgéithidh mo phenn gulban-caolta
digh daolta do dub glé[gorm].



Bruinnidh sruaim n-ecna n-Dé fhinn
as mo láim degduinn desmais,
doirtidh a digh for duillin
do dub in chuilinn chnsglais.



Sínidh mo phenn beg braonach
tar aonach lebar lígoll,
gan sgor fri selba segann,
dian sgíth mo chrobh ó sgríbhunn.



TRANSLATION.



My hand is weary of writing,
My sharp, big tool is not steady,
My slender-beaked pen juts forth
A black draught of shining dark-blue
ink.



A stream of the wisdom of blessed God
springs
From my fair-brown shapely hand,
On the page it squirts its draught
Of ink of the green-skinned holly.



My little dripping pen stretches
Across the plain of great shining books,
Without ceasing for the wealth of the
great —
Whence my hand is weary of writing.



KUNO MEYER.



15th June, 1897.



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