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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Odras, noble the lady for whom we furbish the lay that we indite, the daughter of Odornatan
son of Laidne son of Luaidir.
- A lady of land was she, and mighty, deedful, radiant, danger-loving, the fair and shapely spouse of stout Buchat, lord of cattle.
- Keeper of kine to worshipful Cormac was Buchat, man of might: he roused the lusty herd betimes each morning.
- His trim alert wife Odras, fierce and tall, followed him one day to watch the sweet-fleshed cattle.
- As busy dark-wrinkled Odras was sleeping in the early morning the Dagda's wife found her: in this wise came the shape-shifting goddess:
- The envious queen fierce of mood, the cunning raven-caller, brought off with her the bull that lived in miry Liathmuine.
- The bull covered a cow, the paddock bull in our herd: he hied him in haste from Temair to the levels of the Moor of Oiriu.
- Slemon was that bull's name: wild was that brown savage, a mettlesome unmastered beast: his name clave to that lowland.
- There came to blood-stained Cruachu, according to the weird and terrible tale, the mighty Morrigan, whose pleasure was in mustered hosts.
- Odras came to despoil her by arms, to an issue that was not lawful, with her stark ill-fated henchman, who fell at Cuil Cada.
- Cada was her gillie's namemany a fight he knew; Odras brought him, in a bitter hour, on the track of her herd of heifers.
- Afterward, when her henchman was gone, the lady came, in shining trim, to Sid Cruachan likewise, and a weird event befell yonder.
- Imprudently the dark-wrinkled one let sleep come over her in cold Daire Falgud, where she met mortal outrage.
- The horrid Morrigan out of the cave of Cruachu, her fit abode, came upon her slumbering: alas, the combat on the hill!
- The owner of kine chanted over her, with fierceness unabating, toward huge Sliab Bodbgna every spell of power: she was full of guile.
- The forceful woman melted away toward Segais in a sleepy stream, like a pool void of lustre: she lost her victorious powers.
- Odras is the sweet-sounding noble name of the sluggish pallid streamlet: it passed from the ladyluckless visitantto the river Odras.