On Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:54:49 +0900, Neil McLeod
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> It is a good idea to look at both MSS (i.e Lec as well),
>because what you miss in one may be clearer in the other.
Thanks for your comments, Neil.
I think the Book of Lecan is prettier than the Book of Ballymote, but
neither one is consistently easier to read than the other.
Here's what I got:
Huallach doluig Tadg i tresaib
ciarbo garg maisib
isa tir ar druing tosaich
i crich cian uill caisil.
Huallach doluid Tadc i treasaib ciarbo garg maisib
Isa tir ar druing ar tosaig i crich chian uill caisil
There are three periods dividing lines in BB, but only one in Lec. In BB I get
a syllable count of 8-5-7-6 which doesn't look consistent. If I count only
stressed syllables, I get 4-3-3-4.
If I look at only two lines, as in Lec, I get syllable count 13-14 and stress
7-7. I assume 'garg' is only one syllable although it sounds like two in Modern
Irish. Do these numbers mean anything?
Would anyone like to try a translation? Liz