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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])

poem 2

Brug Na Bóinde I

  1. Bright is it here, O plain of Mac ind Oc!
    wde is thy road with traffic of hundreds;
    thou hast covered many a true prince
    of the race of every king that has possessed thee.
  2. 5] Every bright wonder hath adorned thee,
    O clear shining plain with scores of hosts,
    O lucent land of grass and waggons,
    O virgin mead of birds and milking-places!
  3. The house of Mac ind Oc above thy stead,
    10] a royal sod with true hospitality;
    there come readily above thy brown stream
    hostages from the fairy-hills of all Erin thither.
  4. The daughter of bold Pharaoh lies on thy floor
    a kind princess, precious was the diadem;
    15] over her was set the tower in that place,
    not sparing was the graving-tool over her head.
  5. I see the clear pool of Fiacc of the warriors
    west of thee,—not feeble the deed—
    till the day of Doom—mighty boast—
    20] shall he abide on the slope of the royal rath.
  6. Here slept a married pair
    after the battle of Mag Tuired yonder,
    the great lady and the swart Dagda:
    not obscure is their dwelling there.

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  8. 25] The Grave of the Matha after his slaying
    is plain to see on thee, O Brag, studded with horses:
    It was his bone that polluted the sea,
    whence pleasant Inber Colptha is named.
  9. The Hide of the Cow of undying Boadan
    30] over the cheek of his yellow-white stone:
    the Precinct of the staunch keen warriors
    about the eastern level of a noble sanctuary.
  10. At the Grave of the gentle Seagulls
    it is there was boasted the deed–
    35] great the feat of pride that assigns
    the slaying of Finn to the soldiery of the fierce Luagni.
  11. In thee was born a beguiling boy,
    Cellach, who plundered the plain on his track;
    it was one able to sustain a household that ruled thee,
    40] and died in thee a death of pride.
  12. O beaked bark of the strong towers,
    the sea-tide visits thy stead:
    from the days of Crimthand Nia to Niall
    thou wast the burying-place of the fair-haired warriors.
  13. 45] Fintan Feradach, of bloody battles,
    possessed thy land, the strong prince;
    Tuathal Techtmar, lord of our clans,
    thy bare sepulchral soil sustains.

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  15. Fedelmed the Lawgiver is in thy tale;
    50] he was a warlike wight on every chase;
    thou art not unlovely in thy land
    thou hidest Conn the just, the hundred-fighter.
  16. There came not Art, highest in rank,
    round whom rode troops on the battlefield;
    55] he found a grave proud and lofty,
    the champion of the heroes, in Luachair Derg.
  17. There came not Cormac free from sorrow:
    after receiving the Truth (he affirmed it)
    he found repose above limpid Boyne
    60] on the shore at Rossnaree.
  18. Cairpre Lifechair lies on thy soil,
    Fiachu Sraptine noble and famous,
    Muiredach Tírech from the Hill,
    the king Eochu father of Niall.
  19. 65] There came not Niall (a cry that is not false)
    unlucky for him the course he rowed!
    after going seven times to Scotland
    the place where his grave is was known.
  20. Thereafter came the pure Faith
    70] to Mag Fail, a law that came not too soon,
    so that each lies in burial-grounds of holy men,
    to sever them from iniquity and sin.

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  22. Thou hidest a brood bold and kind,
    O plain of the son of the swift Dagda:
    75] who did not perform the worship of the great God;
    it is worse for them where they are in torment.
  23. They are transient, thou abidest:
    every believing band rides around thee:
    as for them, their wisdom has befooled them;
    80] thou shalt attain a noble age.
  24. Boyne, a spot right green and bright,
    The Mana and wholesome Séil pass by thee
    ... from you of the proud grandson
    of Senbec from the stead of noble poesy.
  25. 85] Congalach the ilustrious lord of warriors,2
    swift is his blow, noble his assembly.
    It is a fold of glorious chieftains, as far as the sea,
    it is a kennel of high-bred whelps, it is glorious.

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