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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Temair Breg, whence is it named?
declare O sages!
when did it separate from the country-side?
when did Temair become Temair?
- 5] Was it under Partholan of the battles?
or at the first conquest by Cesair?
or under Nemed of the fresh valour?
or under Cigal of the knocking knees?
- Was it under the Firbolgs of the boats?
10] or from the line of the Lupracans?
tell which conquest of these it was
from which the name Temair was set on Temair?
- O Duban, O generous Findchad,
O Bran, O quick Cualad,
15] O Tuain, ye devout five!
what is the cause whence Temair is named?
- There was a time when it was a pleasant hazel-wood
in the days of the noble son of Ollcan,
until the tangled wood was cut down
20] by Liath son of Laigne Lethan-glas.
- Thenceforward it was called Druim Leith
its corn was rich corn
until there came Cain free from sorrow,
the son of Fiachu Cendfindan.
- 25] Thenceforward it was called Druim Cain,
the hill whither chieftains used to go,
until Crofhind the chaste came,
the daughter of all-famous Allod.
- Cathair Crofhind ('twas not amiss)
30] was its name under the Tuatha De Danand,
till there came Tea, never unjust,
the wife of Erimon lofty of mien.
- Round her house was built a rampart
by Tea daughter of Lugaid;
35] she was buried beyond the wall without,
so that from her is Temair named.
- The Seat of the Kings was its name:
the kingly line of the Milesians reigned in it:
five names accordingly were given it
40] from the time when it was Fordruim till it was Temair.
- I am Fintan the poet,
I am a salmon not of one stream;
it is there I was exalted with fame,
on the sod-built stead, over Temair.