David Stifter wrote:
> Cormac íar coraib cen chuibdius
> ro·adair dia fhelius
> a lis cían cíarb(o) olc in turus
> a lot ina leigius
> Cormac, after contracts without justification,
> followed to his (own) vanity/futility
> his far(-removed) advantage, although the journey was bad,
> In his healing was his ruin.
I like 'without justification', that captures what went on nicely.
What did you mean by the words 'Cormac followed ... his far-removed
advantage'? I understand that Cormac was working to his own advantage,
but not why it would be described as far-removed rather than immediate.
Perhaps 'enduring advantage'?
Can '2 adraid' mean 'follows' in the sense of 'pursues' rather than
'respects'? Perhaps rather 'was devoted to'?
I am also not sure how you are treating the preposition 'do' here. 'To
his futility' seems to me to mean 'though it ended in futility'. I may
be too influenced by my native language. In English you can use 'to his'
+ a resultative state ([he pursued it] to his house, to his ruin, to
his detriment, to his sorrow), but not 'to his' + an abtract concept
'[he pursued it] to his love, to his hope, to his futility'.
But then I have no idea how you even say 'to his lasting sorrow' in Old
Irish. (I would have assumed you needed a whole clause - 'though it
brought him sorrow in the end'). What is the modern Irish for it? Does
it use 'do'?
Of course, one benefit we have here is that we know that the poem is
telling the story found in the prose version of 'Cath Crinna'. In that
prose-narrative there isn't any mention of Cormac having been involved
in a 'bad journey', and it is Tadg who undergoes healing (and is
'far-removed' in the Co. Sligo) and Cormac is neither healed nor ruined.
(And the next stanza launches straight into the way Cormac interfered
with Tadg's wounds.)
As a side-issue, the phrase 'lot ina leges' ('wounding in his healing')
looks to me almost like a deliberate subversion of the standard
description of successful healing quoted at Críth Gablach line 56:
'aurshláine ina íarsláini' ('forehealth in his afterhealth'). Or is that
just wishful thinking?