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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Ancient Irish Poetry, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Ancient Irish Poetry Author: Various Translator: Kuno Meyer Release Date: April 17, 2010 [EBook #32030] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ANCIENT IRISH POETRY *** Produced by Bethanne M. Simms, Christine D. and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net SELECTIONS FROM ANCIENT IRISH POETRY Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry TRANSLATED BY KUNO MEYER LONDON CONSTABLE & COMPANY LTD 10 ORANGE STREET LEICESTER SQUARE W.C. 1911 TO EDMUND KNOWLES MUSPRATT THE ENLIGHTENED AND GENEROUS PATRON OF CELTIC STUDIES IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL A SMALL TOKEN OF AFFECTIONATE REGARD AND GRATITUDE INTRODUCTION In offering this collection of translations from early Irish poetry to a wider public I feel that I am expected to give a brief account of the literature from which they are taken--a literature so little known that its very existence has been doubted or denied by some, while others, who had the misfortune to make its acquaintance in ill-chosen or inadequate renderings, have refused to recognise any merit in it. The bias and ignorance of English historians and of many professed students of Irish history, who continue to write without a first-hand knowledge of its sources, have also reacted unfavourably upon the study of Irish literature. Slowly, however, the fact is becoming recognised in ever wider circles that the vernacular literature of ancient Ireland is the most primitive and original among the literatures of Western Europe, and that in its origins and development it affords a most fascinating study. Whatever may be its intrinsic merit, its importance as the earliest voice from the dawn of West European civilisation cannot be denied. Time and agai
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