7 syllables in each line, excepting the 4th lines. To make 7 syllables in the
4th line of 42, the initial 'a' could elide after 'Cré' in the previous line.
I cannot make 7 syllables in the 4th line of 43. I have a speculation -- a
Modern Irish alternate for 'samh' is 'samhradh' which has two syllables. Maybe
the word was pronounced 'samhraidh' in the spoken version and the scribe
abbreviated it. We don't have access to the manuscript to see if there was a
hint of that.
I see aicill at saor/Aodh, Cré/dé, breg/fled. 'each' was spelled 'ech'
historically so maybe 'each/c[h]rech' also makes aicill. In Modern Irish, the
spellings are 'each/creach'.
I put alliteration into capitals. Note that 'Bébinn' is a complete personal
name. I figured 'mac' was not stressed. Liz
>43. Doradois Maol SEAC[H]LAIN SAOR
>Fergal ō Rūairc is Aodh Bregh
>i ngeimhil RÎGH ROSA Crē
>a MEIC MOIRE DANA DÉ samh.
>44. EOCHAID mac ARDGOIL na n-EACH,
>Murchad mac Brain do c[h]rech magh,
>tuccais i ngeimil BRÎAIN BREG
>mac BÊ BINN dar fled samh.