>>>> for mo mud céin am messe
>> If we take messe in this way as the participle of midithir (DIL s.v.
>> meise), it is the counterpart of coimsid, furthermore in normal
>> construction with the copula am,
> This is a convincing suggestion.
Very nice indeed. I got to wondering in the midst of this, though,
whether "am messe" could mean "I am me/myself". Does OI permit this
sort of existential statement? And if so, could we have a pun here,
in which the author says "I'm really myself when I'm immersed in
scholarship"? Did the medieval mind even think like that?
> du thabairt doraid du glé / for mu mud cein am meise/messe
= bringing darkness to light / in my own way/work I am competent
I am myself