In my recent email I noted that both the four-line and six-line stanzas
have internal rhyme in their final two lines. However, at least 4 out of
the 7 six-line stanzas also have a perfect internal rhyme in lines (c)
and (d) as well (which are the final lines in the four-line stanzas). In
the other 3 six-line stanzas, the presence of internal rhyme in lines
(c) and (d) is debatable.
Again, I am happy to admit that I am a complete novice at this. So any
guidance would be much appreciated.
6. ‘Senadh’ = ‘seanadh’ rhymes with ‘leabhar’.
(c) tig nî SENADH saobh
(d) dano LEABHAR a lûadh
8. Here the rhyme between ‘naoi’ and ‘fhaoigh’ is only perfect in the
MS, not if we restore the ‘gh’.
(c) go naoi ’s ó naoi anûas
(d) inur do fhaoi[gh] gac[h] áos
(c) Alba is ÊIRE ar aon
(d) TRÊIDHE arda a n-iûl
10. The rhyme between ‘io[n]g(h)nais ’ and ‘dîoghrais’ is imperfect. The
initial short ‘i’ does not rhyme with the long ‘í’. But the consonant
cluster '-ngn-' does rhyme with '-ghr-'.
(c) ’na n-io[n]g(h)nais ni h-âil
(d) a dîoghrais bii déin
14. There is no rhyme here unless we let 'lámh' rhyme with itself. Query
whether my expansion LochlAINN is incorrect?
(c) mac Loc[h]lainn lâmh trén
(d) lámh nac[h] ro•c[h]uir rîar
(c) ferrde a IONNRADH ûainn
(d) nî DIONGNADH a dhâil
(c) daor ORAIND ni fhuil
(d) an CROBHAING ô-r•chin