Femen, though it be deserted to-day
there was one whose dwelling it was:
For him were shed showers of tears
after Lugaid, son of Oengus.
5] Why was lamentation meet for the land
on account of that king more than any king?
Because he it is that is the best king
in guarding his honour.
What great deed of honour did he do
10] O son of the king from Tibre?
The driving of the foreigners over sea,
and a victory over the line of Irial Glunmar.
Is there another deed that he did
before he gained martial prowess?
15] The subduing of Banba (fame for a king's son),
in the fight about the wild beast.
The battle at Luchut he fought
against Leth Cuind, against Connacht:
The northern part of Munster, after its partition,
20] is the southern part of his territory.
The carn that is at faultless Lotan,
rememberest thou, O Comgan?
A stone for each man that came into the battle
along with active Lugaid.
25] The king's carn was it known what king it is
to whom it belongs best his brave deed!
A king who seized Munster great exploit
Lugaid Red-hand of the long locks.
A raid was made to Munster
30] so that Lugaid made reprisals:
His ships were on the sea:
he was fond of racing over Femen-mag.
Seven kings held sway over Munster
between Ailill and Lugaid.
35] No king of them was the flower of kings:
nobler to my mind was Lugaid in Femen.
Thirty victorious kings are counted
of the race of Corc together.
40] strangers shall inhabit Mag Femin.
Forget not the king with whom thou art,
and forget not his wife!
May they sit in heaven hereafter,
Mor and Fingen of Femen.
45] Best of the women of Inis Fail
is Mor daughter of Aed Bennan.
Better is Fingen than any hero
that drives about Femen.
Wherever we have gone about till now
50] through the country of bright-swarded Banba,
We have not found a plain and a man
like Fingen and Femen.
The oxen of Dil appeared
on the plain by Loch Silend.
55] These are their names, Fe and Men:
from them is Femen called.
Thou art Mac da Cherda, in the flesh,
and I am Cumine.
This shall be our reward for the two of us heaven!
60] and Femen shall be deserted.