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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
Brug Na Bóinde II
- O nobles of Breg, a might that is not deceitful,
with featful points (royal is the road):
know ye the story of every lord
that is here in the Brug of the Mac ind Oc?
- 5] Behold the fairy mound before your eyes:
it is plain for you to see, it is a king's dwelling,
it was built by the harsh Dagda:
it was a shelter, it was a keep renowned for strength.
- Behold the Bed of the red Dagda:
10] on the slope, without rough rigour;
he paid noble court after the chase
to a fair woman free from eld and sorrow.
- Behold the two Paps of the king's consort
here beyond the mound west of the fairy mansion:
15] the spot where Cermait the fair was born,
behold it on the way, not a far step;
- Whither came the wife of the son of noble Nemed
to a tryst to meet the swift Dagda,
and her dog after her,
20] though it was a long journey from afar:
- Whither came Midir from Bri Leith
to bear off the prince, it was a lucky find;
so he bore the Mac ind Oc from the ford
with a shield in his protection, though he was weary.
- 25] Thereafter was brought, a clever compact,
the boy, on that day nine full years after
to his father, it was a fitting command,
to the loved Dagda at his house.
- Entertainment was made by him for the King
30] in the mound by means of lasting deception;
thence is named,it is not a question without a key
Duma Treisc before the eyes of the hosts.
- Thereafter the stern Dagda refused his request,
to whom belonged the keep, it was no abode of grief:
35] so he dwelt in Ochan, a journey with lamentation,
after warlike labour, after a time of carousing.
- The grave of Esclam, pilgrimage revered,
where good men used to cast lots:
a sward with a brave portion, a deed without concealment,
40] for the son of Calpurn it was a path of grace.
- Know ye the Well of Bualc the good,
his successor throughout the plain,
from which he drew a draught ....
a drink for the host, honoured deed.
- 45] Know ye the Grave of grim Cellach
when he was in the north on idle clamour of fools.
with wailing in unison, filling the breezes:
by a swift heroic pair he died,
- Know ye the Grave of the Horse of the king,
50] Cinaed free from shame of avarice?
He bore off victory from fleet ones of the bridle
at the will of the son of noble Irgalach.
- The Comb, the Casket of the woman,
in whatever place each of them is,
55] it shall abide till the Doom come;
their beauty shall not grow less and less.
- Behold before youit was the boast of every bard,
it was the grave of a noble man, fame without decay
bear witness, it is the meadow-land of a rough race
60] the mound of Aed Lurgnech on the hill-slope.
- There was caused bloodshed by its chief
upon the resort of ridges and territories:
that was a general vengeance of the tribes
in the place where the great Morrigan was smitten.
- 65] Know ye for noted deeds,
with theme of song truly-bright, with scores of chiefs,
the plain of bright actions, where shields used to be,
the Prison of the Grey, where the Grey Steed was?
- Know ye by the refuse of heads
70] the Glen where the sluggish Matha dwelt?
it was slain after the incursion of lithe hosts:
much havoc was wrought there.
- Thereafter came (a deed without concealment),
the kings from a pleasant land towards him,
75] to view the vast Matha,
and each planted on him pitilessly his stone.
- Buide planted his keen stone
in the portion which is called Finn's Seat:
in presence of the hosts of the glens he left
80] his head on the plain of Muired Mend.
- Thereafter came the mighty Ulstermen
(Conn's proper Share) against him,
to strive with the might of the sluggish Matha
so his limbs were broken on Lecc Bend.
- 85] A solid barrow was built by them
for a rampart over the bones of the beast:
that was the trophy, a fight with lamentation,
which it possessed with victory and might.
- The wall of Oengus the blameless,
90] (the name Airther Oenlussa clave to it,)
the son of Crundmael on whom fell guilt,
when he had drunk mead till he was mad.
- Royal the contest at the Cast
of the Mac ind Ocwhence did it arise?
95] when the eye of mighty Midir was broken:
is there any of you who can recount it?