"Dead indeed," said the young man.
"Who killed him?" said he.
"Aed killed him," said the young man.
"Did Mael Tuile hit him?" said he.
"He did not," said the young man.
what it is is stichomythy
Liz Gabay wrote:
> This isn't marked with a phi in the margin like the other poems in the
> manuscript, but Greene and the CELT transcription write it like poetry.
> I'm not sure whether 'marb' has one or two syllables in Old Irish. The
> Modern Irish 'marbh' sounds like two syllables to me.
> 251] Marb immorro, or ind óic.
> 252] Cia rod marb? or sé.
> 253] Rod marb Aed, ar ind óic.
> 254] Mael Tuile in rubai? or sé.
> 255] Náthó, ar ind óic.