> 'Bid táeb lethfás leis'
The above line occurs in §56 of BaBr. Liz dug up an appropriate entry from
> DIL L 131.18 quotes 'do thaeb lethfas' and translates the word
> as 'bare' in a section which discusses the use of 'taeb' [recte 'leth']
> "perhaps in sense of '-sided'".
Significantly, although DIL does contain exx. from BaBr, the referenced
source for this particular entry is not that text but the earlier
Martyrology of Tallaght. This text was edited and translated by Best and
Lawlor (Henry Bradshaw Society, 68) in 1931. The DIL reference to the use
of the phrase is "112.1".
If someone on the list has access to the volume, it would be extremely
interesting to know the context of the phrase in that text and the manner in
which Best and Lawlor dealt with it. The text of the full entry in Mart.
Tall. would be very helpful.
(More generally, Mart. Tall. is an example of the kind of text which it
would not surprise me to find was a direct source for parts of BaBr. While
personages identified as subjects of paragraphs of BaBr so far have been
10th century churchmen, that is no reason to believe that all unidentified
persons were also of the tenth century. In theory, they could belong to any
period from Bricín's own time in the 7th century until the date of writing.
Speculatively - §56 contains a reference to Ard Macha; 'lethfás' is paired
with 'lethfuar', giving two 'lethe'; Mart. Tall. used to be dated to within
a year or two of 900 (along with the connected and better known Féilire
Oengusa; that means that Dub dá Lethe of the eighth century could be
included in Mart. Tall. If DdL is commemorated in the entry containing 'táeb
lethfás', I will lol. Anyone mentioned with connection to Armagh must be a
strong candidate for identification with §56.)