“Pangur Bán” is an Old Irish poem, written about the 9th century at or around Reichenau Abbey, by an Irish monk, about his cat. Pangur Bán, “white fuller”, is the cat’s name. Although the poem is anonymous, it bears similarities to the poetry of Sedulius Scottus, prompting speculation that Sedulius is the author.
In 8 verses of four lines, the author compares the cat’s activities with his own scholarly pursuits. The poem is preserved in the Reichenau Primer (Stift St. Paul Cod. 86b/1 fol 1v) and now kept in St Paul’s Abbey in the Lavanttal.
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