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Subject: Re: Poem by Cináed the Wise 7
From: Liz Gabay <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 4 Mar 2009 03:00:13 +0000

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On Sun, 1 Mar 2009 16:15:03 +0900, Neil McLeod 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Cearsat na tri Fearguis [fh]ala
>colin ergnuis ga.
>ru-das-mudaig in glond grma
>in Lugaid lond Lga.
>Cearsad na tr Feargais fhala
>colin ergnuis ga.
>ro-dus-mudaig an glond (n)gnma
>in Lugaid lonn Lga.

  I am having a hard time identifying some of these words, but maybe if I post 
what I have so far it will jumpstart a discussion.

They loved the three noble  Ferguses (or the three noble Ferguses loved....)
the feat of action destroyed them
the fierce Lugaid Lga

  'cearsat/cearsad' looks like preterite 3rd plural of 'caraid' (see DIL C 73.43).
  I couldn't identify 'colin'.   Could it be a form of the  verb 'coillid' (damages, 
destroys) ?

     'ergnuis' looked like a form of "rgna..understanding, discrimination, 
discernment'' although it doesn't make much sense.   
     'ga' looks like a variant of "ige...joint, part of the, prop, 
pillar....time, fixed period".
     Neil mentioned the verb 'mudaigid' (overcomes, ruins, damages, destroys) 
but I could not explain the 'du' of  'ro-dus-mudaig'.

   I hope to see a better translation soon.  Liz 

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