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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- They tell of a warrior with numbers of troops,
whose name was Dechet of fiery force:
he was a mighty man in lordship of lands,
a staff for clearing of roads.
- 5] Glass mac Caiss had authority by covenant
over strong Dechet son of Dergor:
by him a rath was raised to be for all time
far-famous beyond all royal raths.
- The mighty man built a rath of surpassing strength
10] Suide Ruaid, above the royal cataract:
Aed Ruad son of famous Badorn
was leader of the shouting troops of the eastern tribes.21
- This is the reward given by the king
Ruad, grandson of Mane Milscoth,
15] to Dechet a fair compact
the noble produce of the red cataract.
- The children of Ailill and only they,
until the coming of Doomsday,
own the produce of Ess Ruaid no hasty gift,
20] as Dechet got it, no sorry bargain.
- In the territory of Ailill, lord of steeds,
a tower was built it was his last award,
that there should not be among his children (famous conjunction)
strife nor division for the future.
- 25] Dechet ate his portion, by standing usage,
after ending the work full-cold,
on the plain of Mag Lunga knowest thou
the occasion that brought trouble upon Dechet?
- He grew drunk and mad by turns,
30] his seemly bearing forsook him,
it was the noise of one doomed before his dissolution
he plunged in the lake and was drowned utterly.
- Hence, from the heroic repast,
is called Mag Lunga, laden with crops:
35] its enduring name was granted assuredly
to the warrior, as they tell.