Excerpt from Lebor Gabala Erenn, Vol. 5: The Book of the Taking of Ireland
When I began to work on the present section I hoped that here, at least, it might be possible to combine the three redactions into a single text; but after struggling with the task for a few paragraphs I abandoned it as hopeless. Only by continuing the practice of printing the parallel versions in full can the chequered history of the compilation be satisfactorily set forth. I have allowed the composite text, so far as I had prepared it, to stand, in order to demonstrate the essential artificiality, and the unmanageable clumsiness with no compensating scientific gain - resulting from such a treatment of the material. This less important section is a suitable corpus m'le for such a demonstration; it would have been more complete if I had allowed all the trivialities of orthographical variation which I had noted to remain on record. In fact, about half of these have been excised as needless encumbrances.
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