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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- O Maelsechlainn son of Domnall
of the family of Comgall's daughter!
I will tell thee, O prince of Meath!
the tale of white bright Boand.
- 5] Boand a blessing on the stream
did Christ fair of form ordain;
so she from glen to glen
is the river Jordan of Erin.
- Find Life, Find of the fierce Gaileon,
10] from the union of two names,
from their meeting is Mag Find named:
swift Find Life and Mifind.
- One of the two Finds, that wins victory,
flows past Tara from the north-east:
15] there at the Confluence it meets
with white-bellied Boand.
- Bo Guairi which flows eastward
through Loch Munremair past Tailtiu,
Bo Guairi is the name of the river
20] which is called great Banna.
- As there is ordan and an
from which the river Jordan is called,
so Boand is bo and find
from the meeting of the two royal waters.
- 25] Thither from the south came Boand
wife of Nechtain to the love-tryst
to the house of Elcmaire, lord of horses,
a man that gave many a good judgment.
- Thither came by chance the Dagda
30] into the house of famous Elcmaire:
he fell to importuning the woman:
he brought her to the birth in a single day.
- It was then they made the sun stand still
to the end of nine months strange the tale
35] warming the noble fine grass
in the roof of the perfect firmament.
- Then said the woman here:
"Union with thee, that were my one desire!"
And Oengus shall be the boy's name,"
40] said the Dagda, in noble wise.
- Boand went from the house in haste
to see if she could reach the well:
she was sure of hiding her guilt
if she could attain to bathe in it.
- 45] The druid's three cup-bearers
Flesc, and Lesc, and Luam,
Nechtain mac Namat set
to watch his fair well.
- To them came gentle Boand
50] toward the well in sooth:
the strong fountain rose over her,
and drowned her finally.
- It was contrived against the river on either shore
by Maelmorda, vast of wealth,
55] by the comely son of Murchad,
that it should not reach the inlet of ships.
- God's mercy was shown
on Leth Chuind by that counsel,
so that it escaped the swift night of gloom
60] unto thee, O generous Maelsechlainn!