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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
Sliab n-Echtga I
- The legend of noble Echtga
by reason of her mighty fame and ardour
is present to me, with her gatherings
of the companies of the men of Feine.
- 5] A man bright of mien possessed it,
Mac Ruide high in fame:
'twas he that got the bright-swelling land
from every king that he served.
- From Cruachan's king justly-famed
10] he got a bride rich in substance;
she belonged to him, a fiery hero without fickleness-
as is seen in every exact verse.
- Lusca Beist was from childhood
the name for Fergus mac Ruide,
15] who was reared at Sid Nenta;
there were his petitions granted.
- Kitchener for the hosts
with active ardour,
was the son of Ruide Ruad declare it!
20] look ye and speak truth!
- He took on him the spencer's office,
innumerable were his excellent arts,
whereby he got a noble share of strong places
in the territory of all-generous Sengand.
- 25] He was in favour with great kings
through his arts of various beauty:
only, without falsehood, in pure truth,
he found no woman that accepted him.
- Crafty Fergus acquired land
30] by dint of his bitter greed
from Moen of the teeming homes
to the levels by the sea.
- He offered all in one day
Mac Ruide of the victorious spear
35] his land with the fruits thereof
as her bride-price to a lawful wife.
- In princely Crich Echtair
by the graves of the men of the west
was reared the lovely offspring
40] martial Echtga
- A fresh girl sought by suitors,
of the people of Dea, the beloved,
daughter of Aurscothach mac Tinne,
an offspring winsome of mien.
- 45] Every sort of substance there was on earth
the noble cheerful maiden possessed,
except tenant-land held in fee:
it was no lowering of her fame.
- Doach Moelchend of ill fame
50] gave appropriate counsel
in his native guile
to his nursling deed of deceit,
- to sleep with harsh Fergus
for the worth of his estate,
55] for the sake of the goodly portion he got
in the land of venerable Sengand.
- Mac Ruide spear-renowned
gave in dower all
the mountain that ye visit
60] with oak woods and strong places.
- Since she got the mountain free of tax,
the woman eager for gifts,
since then, a customary title,
her name is upon it.
- 65] Hence is called
Echtga, a green-swelling plough-land;
name it without constraint among all
who can taste poetic lore.