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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
Mag Femin, Mag Fera, Mag Fea
- Femen and fair-haired Fera,
eager soldiers of the great strongholds,
and Fea, famed for timber-havoc in Inis Fail,
sons of Inogach son of Dachar,
- 5] With warlike bold Clann Miled
they pushed on to verdurous Banba;
the tools of their hereditary calling
were bill-hook and axe and heavy spade.
- The axe a-lopping in stout style
10] and the bill-hook
were their tools, noble yet not proud,
and the spade hard a-digging.
- They cleared three plains, after many a spell;
through their piety they gained their titles:
15] Mag Fea, no
for a girl,
Mag Fera and Mag Femin.
- Each in turn would make,
without delay, without regret,
without idle desire that lured him away,
20] exchange of tools and weapons.
- Fea, wife of Neit son of Indui,
did not desert Mag Fea, though she was silent,
the fair-haired woman, she was a love beloved-
the right-generous daughter of Elcmaire.
- 25] I have heard of the two oxen of Dil,
radiant of beauty, conspicuous;
Fe and Men are they called,
whence Mag Femin gets its name.