Vallancey - Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis, Volume 4, Issue 12, Page 127

Vallancey - Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis, Volume 4, Issue 12, Page 127
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The Antiquarian Society, 1782
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Vallancey, Charles
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Vallancey - Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis
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5i6 DESCRIPTION oone carriage or chariot only at a tithe- v ithin thecourt, to prevent confufion: a large body of troopswere alfo within the walls.In the reign of Cormac, the palace of Tamar wasnine hundred feet fquare, the diameter of the fr-roundingAirJiti, vel Orfeafal, the chief mufician ; the IH L ispoled f aire, a chief, and of pheit or pSi!, a mufician, properlywritten, peitil or feitil. Mr. Shaw, in his Galic Dinionarytranflates fithil, a poetafter; this is a miftake, lie corrensat /wit. ra phetil, in Hebrew, is a twilced cord; fuch werethe ftrings (we call cat-gut) ufed by the Jrifh harpers, andby thofe of Wales to this day. From this word is derivedPhatara, a city in Lycia, where Apollo had a temple andoracle: Apollos prieffs were called Fbatarcz, (1. e. aire-phitt)hence, lays Bates, in his Crit. Heb. an old word patter, up.plied to prayers. The TriAls fill retain this old word in paidir,fignifying an oratkn or prayer; but now, fays OBrien in hiJrilh Lexicon, emphatically applied to the Lords Prayer:paidirin, the rofary or beads, literally, the divijion of prayers,from phetil, the Jrifh word jidblin, I. e. a fmall harp orlddle.The explanation of Airfiti, by Orfeafa!, by the Irith author,is well worthy of notice: Or, is found, from o, the ear, hence,the .Latinauris:feas, or flo:, is art, knowledge, fcience; fea_fal, is the adjeaive, ithplying expert, knowing; fo that sr-feafe4 is expert or ficilled in the harmony of founds, a mofhproper name for a profeffor of mufic: In Arabic, fez! and fe -.zyiez, is fcience, art, learning, donrine, fuperior excellence.The Latin name Orpheus, is derived from 4ire-feas, chief orinoft Ikilled in all fciences. I fuppofe. the word had beenwritten Orfeas by fome Etrufcan author, and was miftakenby the old Romans for a mafter of founds or mufic; but Or-pheus is allowed to be a moft ancient learned author and ex-cellent poet; and Horace obferves, that the meaning of hisleading hills and woods a dance by the force of his mufic,implies no more, than thet by his eloquence, (or aire-feas) bereduced a barbarous people to civility. dire is often written6ire; thus airfit is to be found in moff of the triAls Lexicons,under airfit and oirjld.TAMAR HALL. 51710 pnding Rath, feven di x or cafis of a dart; it Con-tained one hundred and fifty apartments, one hun-dred and fifty dormitories, or fleeping rooms forguards, and fixty men in each, the height watwenty -feven cubits, there were one hundred andfifty common drinking horns, twelve porches,twelve doors, and one thoufand guefts daily, be-fides (Fearti Suaclh) Princes, (g) orators (Ii) andmen(g) Feartifuadh, the nominative fingular is feact, which,by the lriIh gioffarifts, is explained to iwply any good or vir-tuous an : Fearta feie, an a t of generality: Feaii is alfo aregion, province, country; and fuaah is noble. Feart is aword of great antiquity, and occurs in the Bible but thriceEffh. i. and 3, vi. and 9, and Dan. i. . Phartirn is tr nilatednobles; it. is, lays Bates, in his Crit. Fleb. put before theprinc s f pro .uinces; a term tiled by the Perf an: and Challeans, wh6fe language we have not enough of, to lay cer-tainly what it means. This paffage in our Irifis MSS. fullyexplains the word feart, for fuadb, nobles, being joined withit, plainly indicates they were the provincial princes, whoaught occafionally lodge with Cormac, or the monarch of Ire- - laud, on occafional yjfits; hence, Feart Ullach, a terrItory inthe county, of Meath, anciently belonging to the O Dooleys,O Brien. Sutod, a noble, is the fame as the Arabic Sadi,Lord: the Heb. Saai, all bountiful, an attribute of God.Gen. xvii. z. I am alfad, I. e. the all bountiful God.1 have often afierted, that the Iberno-Sythic, or Irijh dia-left of the Sytbic, was of great tile in explaining many pal-fages in the Bible, and nioft ufeful in the fudy of the hiftoryand antiquities of all nations: the above paffage, is a proofof my affertion, and I am not fingular in this opinion. In thecolleEtionof papers pubhifised at Edinburgh in 5733, addedto an Effay on the Antiquities of Great Britain and Ireland,we find manyminutes of a very.learned fociety of gentlemenin Scotlai d, who underftood the In/b or Etfe language well;they deckr&, that by the Irilh, they had been able to traceIhe Latiii aiigu e to its fountains, to illufrate t e antiqui-ties1
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