>>The metre for the first three stanzas looks like rannaigecht mór. It was a
common metre over a long period of time, from the Old Irish period right
through to modern Irish. It's characteristics are etc..
Mixing rannaigecht and deibide metres is not common in the later period.<<
Thanks, that's very interesting. Dhonnchada was of the opinion that the
story was originally folkloric and then was Christianised at some stage. I
wondered if this part of the verse would be indicative of alteration, where
the Christian elements have been added rather clumsily.