Breeze (Andrew): The Virgin’s tears of blood.
In Celtica 20 (1988), pp. 110–122.
Concludes that ‘the Virgins tears of blood’ of modern Irish folklore, rather than being ‘native’ or ‘Celtic’, is a relic of an international European tradition that was well developed in England. Refers to four Irish instances: (1) anon. Fearr beagán cloinne ná clann; (2) anon. Íocadh Críost cumaoin a mháthar (see L. McKenna, Dioghluim dána (1938), nos. 27a, 30 [Best2 1323a]; (3) Gin go gcarthair cara siur by Philip Bocht Ó hUiginn (†1487) (see L. McKenna, Philip Bocht Ó hUiginn (1931), poem 13 [Best2 1728]; (4) a prose translation of The long charter of Christ by Uilliam Mac an Leagha, dated to ca. 1461-63 (see A. Breeze, in Celtica 19 (1987), pp. 111-120). Cf. also the motif of numbered tears in two poems by Tadhg Óg Ó hUiginn (†1448) in poems beg. Aoidhe meise ag máthair Dé and Iomdha ród díreach go Dia (see L. McKenna, Dán Dé (1922), nos. 2 and 6 [Best2 1323]).



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