On Prayer for the Dead

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Printed source of this electronic edition

‘A Miscellany of Irish Verse’, ed. James Carney, Éigse 1 (1939) 239-248

Manuscript source of printed text

University College Dublin Ms A9 (Franciscan collection), p. 44a

Other published editions of this text

‘On the Ghost of Mac Maguire’, in ‘Two Religious Pieces’, ed. Paul Grosjean S.J., Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 18 (1930), p. 300

These stanzas also occur in Laud 615 as part of a longer poem attributed to Columcille, beginning Fersaighecht an tempuill tall and printed by Kuno Meyer in Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 9 (1913), p. 172. This version lacks the prose introduction found in A9.


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Date: Final mark-up completed, 2007-08-24

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