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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Loch Cé, what was the cause of its breaking forth,
when it was as yet a plain level and smooth?
the pure water, good sir,
where is the spot whence it rose?
- 5] I ask of you all, who was the Cé
from whom everyone names the lake?
to what ruler of famous Banba belonged
the renowned druid who caused the lake to spread?
- What was it that caused the growth
10] of the green lake free from horror?
the joyous bright pale water,
tell me of its story!
- The druid of Nuadu, heartener of the fray,
son of Echtach, son of Etarlam,
15] from his grave comes the name of the lake,
when he came to it from the rout of a great battle.
- From Mag Tured yonder he came,
when poisoned spears dealt wounds,
smitten by a keen-edged weapon;
20] and he sat him down on a cairn of the Curlew Mountains.
- Thereafter Cé arose from the cairn:
he was all but stark-dead:
emerging from his swooning weakness he went on
to the middle of the smooth green plain.
- 25] There is a stone that thou hast seen in the plain;
there was he laid under ground:
when he was laid in the carn of stones
under the corpse rose up the mighty lake.
- Hence comes the name Loch Cé:
30] I declare it without deceit:
from Nuadu's druid splendid his valour
is named the lake above all lakes.