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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter 2022

The Manuscripts of the Irish Liber Hymnorum, a Bilingual Anthology of Sacred Verse

From the book Medieval Multilingual Manuscripts

  • Michael Clarke

Abstract

The Irish Liber Hymnorum is a collection of hymns and para-liturgical material contained in two glossed and richly-decorated manuscripts from the late eleventh century. The hymns themselves, and the commentary apparatus, exhibit a pattern of alternation and even virtual merger between Latin and Old Irish. It is argued here that this interaction between languages is essential to the representation of the poems as a national poetic and spiritual canon.

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