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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- I have heard of a brave man, leader of troops,
whose name was Raigne the Roman,
how he came with desired fame swiftly
into the powerful territory of Narbonensis.
- 5] Three tasks they put on Raigne,
the populace of Gaul splendid and vast:
to pile clay on wains,
to level a wood with tangled roots,
- To spread the mighty inlet of the sea
10] that the pure impetuous Ligir visiteth,
so that there should be a kind of island
by the stately side of Torinis.
- Raigne of the noble spade completed the tasks
(he was free from poverty and misadventure,
15] a man whom want did not visit )
in just three full days.
- The warrior escaped from them,
with his excellences ever-manifest,
that he might not stay there under strict bondage;
20] he took with him hatchet, bill-hook, and spade.
- He fared to the seat of Fotla
without warning, without kingly proclamation;
he settled, the noble fiery scion,
in cheerful Imlech Mecconn.
- 25] The keen commanding prince felled
The conspicuous royal-branching forest:
so it is called the Plain of Raigne the champion,
rich in prosperity and in noble qualities.
- The son of Ugaine, with hostages unnumbered,
30] Raigne the poetic, the royal-generous,
held the populous plain a while;
I have heard that he was a brave man.