éicse

Cite this: eDIL s.v. éicse or dil.ie/19729

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(1) divination, the faculty of divination; wisdom, the profession of a seer (cf. éicsiu): luid in mac do ḟoglaim écsi i nAlbain...corbo eolach i n-écsi. luid laa and... co mbúi for brú mara, ar bá baile fallsigthe éicsi do grés lasna filedu for brú usci...ro la bricht forsin tuind, coro ḟallsiged dó cid rombói, cotárfas dó, etc. RC xxvi 8 . ni thalla adar n-écsi (v.l. ollomnas)...i n-oenbale, uair forosnái th' eicsi duit it ollam ar eolas, ibid. co ndernui IIII flescca ibir ocus scrípuidh oghumm inntib, ocus foillsighthir do triana eochraib écsi ocus triana oghumm, .i. E. do bith i sith B., IT i 129.23 . coll écsi a hazel of divination (?) Met. Dinds. iii 286.24 . Cf. also: aisneis na heisce (= éicse ?), Anecd. v 23 , n. 1, 2 (cf. Auraic. 5244 - 6 ). Eochaid Rígéiges...robai F. oca chuired chucai do eicsi do `to make verse for him' (to perform divination for him?) Ériu viii 156.2 .

(2) revelation, lore, learning; esp. poetry, poetic composition; also the poetic art, poetic skill or faculty, the calling of a poet: ro theich in topur...tria chocur na céol- éicse, Met. Dinds. iii 290.50 . is aisti rathmar...is eicsiu athlam...debidi imrind IT iii 106 § 15 . oi issan éxi ainm ina cæirech `oi' is the word for sheep in poetry ZCP iii 245.30 . cia dán airbere? ar in rí. écse, ol sé what art dost thou practice? poetry LL 289a36 = RC xiii 442z . tuccais an éccsi nglain...ót mathair from thy mother thou hast inherited poetic faculty ZCP viii 109.27 . ar duthchus a mathar dodhechaidh re heiccsi took to the poetic pro- fession 110.5 . an exe ata let co becht 110.2 . ní dia eícsi do tha[i]dbsin doib, Ériu vii 4.27 ; 198.15 . ní bhaoi... aonmac gallócclaigh as mó do chendaigh dḟíon ┐ d'éiccsi iná an tÉ. sin FM v 1728.20 . tús anóra gér dual di | fa tuar ansógha in éigsi, O'Gr. Cat. 392.11 . gidh beag Ieam a ndéinim dhi | a nEirinn is fhearr mh'éigsi, Ir. Review 1913, 625 . níor fháguibh don éigsesi...tim ná cruaidh gan chuartoghadh, Studies 1923, 423 . daoire na n-éigseadh the dearness of the poems TD 11.34 . i n-aghaidh céille 's fírinne na sein-éigse, Content. xvi 138 .

(3) the poetic profession, the bardic order; poets: iar fírdligud na hecsi the custom of the poetic profession IT iii 23.25 . an éigse d'óighréir TD 31.13 . do-nímis—éigse an taoibh thuaidh, molta we, the poets 3.3 . ceann na héigse is na saoithedh, O'Gr. Cat. 582.4 .

pn Personified: Eicsi ilgradhach inghen Dána, Anecd. ii 50.16 . Cf. áit ar thaispen an eicsi cenn do Lugh, Acall. 1941 .

fochairich eícsi (pl.), term for a species of poetic com- position, IT iii 51 § 95 (see p. 113 ).

COMPD. éicsi-gel of pleasant verse: don ealtain éigsei- ghil, Ó Heódhusa, Ir. Monthly 1920, 651 .