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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- The Barrow, enduring its silence,
that flows through the folk of old Ailbe;
a labour it is to learn the cause whence is called
Barrow, flower of all famous names.
- 5] No motion in it made
the ashes of Mechi the strongly smitten:
the stream made sodden and silent past recovery10
the fell filth of the old serpent.
- Three turns the serpent made;
10] it sought out the soldier to consume him;
it would have wasted by its nature all the kine
of the indolent hosts of ancient Erin.
- Therefore Diancecht slew it:
there was rude reason for clean destroying it,
15] for preventing it for ever from wasting
above every resort, from consuming utterly.
- Known to me is its grave where he cast it,
a tomb without walls or roof-tree;
its evil ashes,no ornament to the region
20] found silent burial in noble Barrow.