The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 11, February 1894.
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162 THE IRISH ECHO.
EMBLEMS IRISH NATIONALITY.
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(C'ontz'1me(l from last No.)
. “The iirstis the ornamental, cover or, Theca,’ of an Irish manuscI‘1I‘t
containing, among other writings, a liturgy of the seventh century, 110W We’
served at Stowe, in the library of the Duke of Buckingham, and elaborately
described by Dr. Charles O'Connor in his catalogue of the MSS.,oftliis1na$‘
nificent collection. The age of the ornamental cover is ascertained by the
inscriptions remaining on it, from which it appears to have been made by
Donchndh O"l'agan, an artificer of the Irish monastry of Clonmaenois, .f0"
Donnchadh, the son of Brian (Borumha), King of Ireland, and for Maccraith
O’Donnchadh, King of Cashel, during the lifetime and reign of the f01'm9‘3-
and, probably, during the lifetime of the latter, also. Butiit is stated in the
Annals of Tighearnach that Donnchadh was expelled from the sovcI‘0lS‘”ty
in the year 1064, and died the year after; and that Maccrath, King ‘Oi
Cashel, died in 1052. The ‘ theca ’ must therefore have been executed p1‘10"
at least to the year 1064. Now, among the ornaments of this cowl‘ 31"“ fine
delmeations of the harp, of that period: containing, however, tW0 lmltis of
duplicates, fac-similes of which are given at the end of the second volume Of
O’Connor’s Rel‘., IoIib., Scrip., Vet,
“ The legendary origin of the Irish harp is concisely thus, as related by
Marbham to the Bardic Association in the seventh century : There 01”“
lived a couple’ (:1 man and his wife), Cuil, the son of Midhuel, was the nlilllv
and Canocloch Mhor was his wife. And the wife conceived ahatred to him,
and she was always flying from him through woo(ls and wilderncsses; ‘ma
he continued to follow her constantly. And one day that the woman C9-“‘'“‘
to the seashore of Camas, and was walking Over the strand, she met a Shel’
cton of a whale on the strand, and she heard the sounds of the Wind PMS‘
ing through the smews of the whale on the strand; and she fell asleep fmm
the sounds. And her husband came after her and found‘ll0r asleep ; imd he
perceived that it was from the sounds the sleep fell upon her. And he the“
went forward into the wood, and made the form of the Uruit ; and then he
PM Strings from the sinews of the whale into it: and that was the fi"5t
Cruit that was ever made." I V
. “AMI ‘"a’“l"s” C0“ti““e5 M““'bh5“1a “ L?1InecBiganxas had two sons: Jldml
and Tubal Cain were their names. One son of them was a smith, namely;
Jubal; and he discovered from sounds of two sledtres on the anvil ill the
forge one day, that it was verses or notes of equal leirrth may spoke, (Ind 1'0
composed a verse upon that cause, and that was the fifst verse that was 0”‘
The tale goes on:-Another person in the house then said: “I “ii”