Thanks, David. Here I notice that, although 'a dúirt' is two syllables in
Modern Irish, 'adubairt' must have been 3 syllables at the time the poem was
written, to make 7 syllables in the first line. Note that Meyer has the
word 'thoigh' in the first line of 12. A minor thing -- Meyer has 'ûaidh' in the
3rd line of 12.
Aicill at Broin/thoigh, óil/glóir, mór, thríath/scíath. Did I miss any?
I capitalized words that alliterate. I saw alliteration across lines
with 'ttríath/Tadg'. According to Gerard Murphy , 'féin' is stressed, which
makes sense, so no alliteration in the 4th line.
>11. Adubairt MURCHADH MAC Broin:
>‘A mic Līag ō THOIGH na TTRÎATH,
>TADG ō CEALLAIGH, gid CÊIM nirt,
>nī lēigfind fēin leis mo scīath’.
>12. Do RÂIDHIUS RIS ‘na thoigh óil,
>begān glōir do budh mōr neimh:
>‘Nī gēbadh ūaid TADG mo THRÎATH
>gan do SCÎATH is gan do SHLEIGH’. Liz