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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- O man from Muiresc of the steeds
that is visited by the strong-rushing wave,
whence comes the applausive fame
that the great and goodly plain has won?
- 5] I will tell thee without distaste of hard learning,
in ready verse full of liberal lore,
the cause, beyond contest or question,
why Mag Muireisce is so named.
- A flood of sea-fish, slippery fry,
10] the abounding sea brought to the rich land,
till it filled its thriving homesteads,
both woods and sloping glens.
- A full year it lay without rotting:
that was a harvest of unfading lustre:
15] the king received of every colour at his wish;
it was the wealth fit for a righteous ruler.
- This it is that betrayed the name of the plain;
hence comes its name high in honour:
the far-stretching plain,
20] numerous in exploits and indwellers.
- Is it allowed to mention in the lay,
according to the opinion of sages everwise,
the monster, round whom the trouble arose
at Fich in Mara by Muiresc?
- 25] It was a great sea-fish, huge a thousand fold,
that brought no harvest to the lands;
its name is Rosualt clear saying
with many a conflict and many a portent.
- When the sated beast would cast up
30] its stinking gorge in huge flood
over the lands eastward, defiling them
an affliction of sore disease beset them.
- When he cast it up to the clouds,
it was war upon the constellations:
35] when he cast it downward in turn
it was a plague upon the creatures of the sea-shore.
- When it brought destruction on the men of the swarthy host
in the steads of mighty Muiresc,
there settled on the oaken people of the marsh-land
40] the lordly name of the sea-monster.
- The name of that creature clave immovably
to that land for ever:
it designated the spot, above every marsh-ford,
with the familiar title for its illustrious men.
- 45] The daughter of mighty Ugaine,
Muiresc, ruler over the mead-rich plain,
took possession of the river-mouth, though it is a reproach;
she was sovereign over the noble men.
- O Christ, after the close of my mortal life,
50] choose thou my soul, in the ways of eternal wisdom,
to dwell in that realm of peace and fame
among thy kingly train, O kingly one!