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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
DRUIM SUAMAIG I
- It is Druim Suamaig that ye are crossing, with its hosts and its fairy people: under the hill of songs, in darkness, lies Suamach son of Samguba.
- He was a soothsayer and a poettruth I tell: he was a scholar and a ready shanachie: Suamach, exempt from the toils of war, was once a fosterer of kings' sons.
- The daughter pure and bright of Gaimgelta son of Rodba son of Tuag Tuile, even Caindlech (none blamed her beauty), was spouse to Suamach.
- They twain between them reared Cormac, chief of these outlaws, dread-shouting son of the king of Ulaid, in the country of fair Cruachan's warriors.
- When Cormac, that lusty sapling in bloom of beauty, advanced out of the west from Cruachan, that no fame outshines, to seize the kingship of Ulaid:
- When Cormac, dangerous foeman, reached Da Choca's Hall of Judgements, undimmed by faintness, he met death in fatal fire.
- Suamach hastened across the rivers, he and his proud stern mate, as far as the massy Hill of Tears, to stop him and stay his steps.
- (The Dagda's tearsfor the Hill is histhe warrior king of Colt let fall in mourning for Aed of Ath No, over his pyre on the mighty hill.)
- When the brave boy's foster parents reached the spot, without faltering, they see the flames of ruin fringing the blazing Hall.
- I see the smoke of the slaying of Cormac where he lies on a bitter bed, said Suamach: the nursling that was my pride till now: let me live no longer after him!
- Caindlech bewailed him, even as she loved, and loosened her fair bright locks: she found her death-bed and her dirge at forlorn Ard Caindlech.
- The name of the hillsit is not hiddenis called from the death of that pair: far-seen with no faint lustre over the plain is the legend of Druim Suamaig.