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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
ESS RUAID II
- There came a soldier to Aed ruad, if any care to hear tell of him; a match for a hundred men was the goodly soldier, and the wage of a hundred men satisfied him.
- To have one man's portion of meat and drink, to be match for a hundred in the hour of weapons, those were the soldier's terms that came one day to Aed.
- Unfamiliar here is the story of the soldier of the troop-girt son of Badorn: though he did the deed openly, few there are that know of it.
- Stay with me for a year, and thou shalt have this, fair soldier: bind on us all thine asking, and perform all thy promise.
- At the year's end the blameless soldier demanded his wage: I will never give, quoth Aed, aught but the like wage as any soldier gets.
- While they were in quarrel thereabout, in the same way, after the year was done, the king of the strongholds and towers entered the rapids to bathe.
- Up rose the soldier fiercely, holding his tall spear-shafts: he roused his sureties against Aed in presence of the men of Erin.
- Though thou set the sea against me, said the comely high-king of Erin, thou shalt never get from me aught but the same as any soldier.
- He set the sea against him in presence of the men of Erin, so that Aed Ruad was drowned by the water, for the sake of the soldier's wage.
- The name Ess Ruaid fixed from that day upon the rapid, and shall abide for ever: Ess Duind was formerly its name from Dond son of Dubán, son of Bile.
- The first blameless soldier to receive hire or wage was Fiachu son of Nemed, before all: of the race of the Lagin was that soldier.