Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin

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Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin (died 1086) was a member of a high-class ecclesiastical family, based in what is now Donegal. Besides holding a number of benefices and wielding considerable political influence, he was the author of the poem To an Elderly Virgin. He died as a member of the religious community of Armagh in 1086, recorded as being the chief sage of Ireland.

His descendants bear the surname Ó Brolcháin, and in its anglicised form, Bradley.

Works[edit]

His best-known work is a Latin and Irish hymn, Deus Meus Adiuva Me.[1] Here are the modern Irish lyrics. For a translation by Professor Gerard Murphy of this well-loved piece see link below:

Deus meus adiuva me
Tabhair dom do shearch, a Mhic ghil Dé
Tabhair dom do shearch, a Mhic ghil Dé
Deus meus adiuva me.

Domine da quod peto a te,
Tabhair dom go dian a ghrian ghlan ghlé,
Tabhair dom go dian a ghrian ghlan ghlé,
Domine da quod peto a te.

Domine, Domine, exaudi me,
M’anam bheith lán de d’ghrá, a Dhé,
M’anam bheith lán de d’ghrá, a Dhé,
Domine, Domine exaudi me.

For translation see Deus Meus, Adiuva Me and live version sung with harp

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • pp. 48–50; 396, The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, edited, with translations, by Thomas Kinsella, 1986.