The Celtic Literature Collective

Aed Oll
Codex S. Pauli (the Reichenau Primer)
Stift St. Paul Cod. 86a/1
9th C.

1. Aed oll fri andud nane • Aed form fri fuiltedb féle
in deil delgnaide as choemem • di dindgnaib Roerenn rede.

2. In chlí comras cond credail • ollmas fu thocaid tugaib
du farclu sech cach ndíne • di Moisten mine mrugaib.

3. Mac Diarmata dil damsa • cid iarfachta ni insa
a molad maissiu máenib • lúaidfidir láedib lim[m]sa.

4. Inmain nainm nítat nuabla • Aeda nad airdlig dígna
in cruth glan clú nad chlithe • dian duthoig Liphe lígda.

5. Aue Muiredaich centhain • all togu fri orddain úallann
aue ni fríth nach ammail • na ríg di chlandaib Cualann.

6. Ind flaith issed a orbbae • cach maith do dé no anddae
in gas fine cen dídail • di rígaib massaib Marggae.

7. Is bun cruinn mair miad soerda • fri báig is búnad prímda
is gasne arggait arddbrig • di chlaind chéit rig ceit rignæ.

8. Oc cormaim gaibtir dúana • drengaitir dreppak dáena
arbeittet bairtni bindi • tri laith linui ainm nAeda. Aed oll.

1. Aed great at kindling of brilliance. Aed joyous at increase of hospitality:
the ... rod that is dearest of the heights (chieftain) of level Roeriu.

2. The mighty balk ... great (and) good under roofs of fortune,
to be chosen beyond any generation of the marches of smooth Moistiu.

3. Son of Diarmait dear to me, though it be to be asked, it is easy,
his praise is more beautiful than treasures, it will be sung in lays by me.

4. Beloved the name—they are no new fames—of Aed who deserves not reproach:
the pure form—renown that is not hidden—to whom lovely Liffey belongs.

5. Descendant of Muredach at every time, rock of choice for noble dignity:
a descendant—no evil person was found, of the kings of the clans of Cualu.

6. The lordship, this is his heritage, every good to him of gods or ungods:
the scion of a family without reproach, of the handsome kings of Marg.

7. He is the bole of a great tree—noble dignity: for battle he is a pre-eminent stock:
he is the sapling of silver—high worth—of the children of a hundred kings, of a hundred queens.

8. At ale poems are chanted: fine (genealogical) ladders are climbed:
melodious bardisms modulate through pools of liquor the name of Aed.

Stokes, Whitley, & Strachan, John. Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus: a Collection of Old-Irish Glosses Scholia Prose and Verse, vol. II: Non-Biblical Glosses and Scholia. Cambridge: University Press, 1903. p. 295