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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- The story of Ard Lemnacht the perfect
is known to me for noble worshipful heroism:
the means whereby a device was found
for slaying the tribe of the Fidga.
- 5] Crimthand Sciath-bel, whose beauty shone,
was king over the stock of the Galian;
the tribes of the Fidga and Fochmand
were to him as pointed tools.
- No mischance dared touch them at all,
10] no clang of arms in conflict could hurt them;
whomsoever they wounded lasting was the injury
he tasted neither food in his life-time.
- Every man of them was match for hundreds;
overwhelming was their stature and their numbers;
15] they settled in their lands there eastward,
till the Clann Cruthnig destroyed them.
- Solen, Ulfa, noble Nechtan,
Oengus, Lethend, and Drostan,
the six sons of Gelon, no niggards of deeds,
20] they were found a stout support to Crimthand.
- Then said Drostan the druid
to the followers of Crimthann of the new spear:
"If ye desire their sudden destruction,
the way to subdue them is to behead them:"
- 25] "Whomsoever the Fidga men shall hit,
let him be plunged in a pool of white milk:
from the strife of dreadful numerous weapons
he shall arise smooth and sound of wounds."
- There were brought a hundred and fifty tender kine
30] to one spot and to one hill;
their milk was drawn without price paid
on the cold hill of Ard Lemnacht.
- There is found in every noble division of the people
land of the Fidga and the Fochmaind,
35] on account of the rout of the lordly goodly men,
whence the tale is a lofty delight to hear.