The Works of Wisdom, Most Profound
A poem written by Ealadha MacDhonnchaidh
The following poem is written in the iartrom mode of dán díreach poetry, an ancient poetic style used within the filí tradition. One of the six díans taught to first-year students, the iartrom employs stanzas consisting of a beginning and end line of 8 syllables, two middle lines of 7 syllables, with an end word of alternating syllable counts of 2 and 1. This mode also employs a unique rhyming scheme called aicell, where the end word of the first line in a couplet rhymes with the beginning word of the second sentence.
The works of wisdom, most profound; Confound the cosmos, O God! Your principles pierce darkness; I witness your wisdom, O Lord. Design your decrees most sacred! Teach our kind, create from naught. We were taught sublime statues; And choose your light and life, O Lord. Illumine, inspire, Most Holy! Lift up the lowly, O Mind; Our kind’s stupor shall scatter; Like matter most mindful, O God.
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