I have attempted to translate some more verse from Aided Muircertach Mac
Erca and hope someone can make clear some of the parts I am having
difficulty with. Comments inline where I have probs but any advice would be
welcome for all of it..Anyone know what form of metre this is and how old?
Hidan, idan corpán criad,
Faithful faithful is the wretched body of clay
cuman, cuman cruth na ndael,
Remember, Remember the beloved form
ecal, ecal in béist búan,
Fearful, fearful is the everlasting beast
fuar, fuar in chloch imon taeb.
Cold Cold is the stone against the side
(Dane: is the meaning here correct? Stone against the side, is this a usual
Ecal, ecal ifernn uar,
Fearful fearful is cruel hell
baile bith-sheng tria bith sír,
The everlasting place of perpetual fire
(Dane: This is as much as I can make sense out of the actual words)
mo mian i bus dámad chian
An early desire on this side for that place is distant
(Dane: Can this be made more concise? Is the general meaning correct?)
beith sair siar i relcibh ríg.
Existing to and fro in the burial place of Kings
(Dane: 'to and fro' doesn’t seem to be the right expression here. any
Dom chorp, dom chorp tria bith sír
For my body, my body ever through the ages..
rob fhir, fír, rob ecail aed;
Body of a man, a mans body afraid of fire
fín, fín don uisqui cen bréig
Wine Wine, evil water, no lie
mar théit, téit ro fheadar Áeb.
The like has gone, has Eve come I wonder,
(Dane: Real problem with this one, cant get what the sense of it is?)
(.i. idin ele don mnaí chétna)
(Perhaps others suffer the same misfortune of a woman)
(Dane: Again, this is the scond part of the above and not sure I have the
Co bráth, bráth ní bia fo decht
For ever, judgment no food certainly
(Dane: Not sure here about jugdment and food, probably an expression I don’t
dál, dál ic duine im airecht;
A meeting, a meeting of men in assembly
mo bríg, bríg ro scaich a cacht,
My power, my power comes to an end in bondage
bid fír, fír gan a taidecht.
Ever true, true this is my arrival
A relic, relic ríg ruaid
A burial, a burial of the red king.
co fír, fír do-chóid mo buaid;
For truth, in truth my power has gone.
ní holc mar do-rala dam,
Evil that it happened in the house
mo chorp co hidan, idan.
My body, faithfully faithfully.