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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- I have for the Leinstermen day by day
rich store of legend no spurious wealth
whence comes the title (mighty shouting)
the noble name of the territory of Cnamros.
- 5] Hither came in suffering
after the fight at the red-flaming hostel,
with many a hurt and wound,
Mac Cecht, son of Slaide Seched.
- The giant soldier bore with him
10] the kingly child of friendly Conaire
Le fri Flaith, truly named,
for it was he that lifted him from the ground.
- Into the hollow of his fair fringed shield
he packed the boy's frame;
15] the boy that had not force for valour in arms
was made like a heap of scattered bones.
- The blood whelmed him and the heavy heat,
he met tumult and oppression,
when he kept a darkling tryst
20] at sloping Corra Ednige.
- Then said Mac Cecht,
because the mighty slaying was wasted
"woe betide him that starts on a journey
from the heap of thy scattered bones!"
- 25] He cut the belly from his targe,
and it was buried round the royal child;
until that Judgment that awaits thee
this is the rath where they abide.
- Hiburni, son of Dedos the blind,
30] came hither to the son of Cumall
with love-nuts of Segais thereafter
from the wife of Bernsa from Berramu.
- Then said Find, prince of the warriors,
to the active, the nimble-handed Hiburni,
35] that they were not nuts of good knowledge10 19, 128.
but nuts of doubt and uneasiness.
- From these nuts, stronger than eager strength of chieftains,
is named level Cnamros;
Find embedded them a foot under earth,
40] their origin was not known.
- Strong Bresal Belach won
against the clans of stout Cairpre
with his clan (mighty shouting)
a tough fight in the territory of Cnamros.
- 45] A loss of nine men and nine hundred
and nine thousand ('twas a great calamity)
was sustained by Cairpre and his chieftains in the east
along with Fiachu and the two Eochaids.
- There they lie imprisoned under a cairn
50] since they were slaughtered in the great rout;
till Doomsday come at the time appointed
the rath in which they lie conceals them.