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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- O thou that dispensest the lore of the learned,
that declarest every usage with fresh radiance,
approach, above the slopes of oak-wood,
the portion of Luimnech, home of the hero-folk.
- 5] Luimnech wide-reaching the story,
it has been spread abroad mightily
at all times it is unsubdued,
so that it is ever famous till doomsday.
- It is a market-place of a gathering that is held
10] with victories, with great renown;
a proud and wealthy people held it,
a people with saddles and silken raiment.
- A multitude assembled here
in the midst of Limerick of the fleet
15] from the host that merited fame,
whence Luimnech got its martial name.
- Eochu's province assembled there,
it was a concourse peaceful, on noble business;
over against the host of eager Luachair
20] came the champions of Cruachan, elate with fame.
- The princely leaders brought thither,
endowed with lasting fame and prosperity,
a noble pair free from shifty treachery,
the two sons of Smucaille Smitchend.
- 25] Smucaille son of huge Bacdub,
that black-fisted carle, bright-eminent;
sons to him, good at weaving strife,
were the men of martial arts.
- Bind and Faebur, plain to see-
30] no danger
as we proclaim across all seas,
those were the names of the noble warriors.
- On coming to the fair-fought combat
the nimble warriors, broad-visaged,
35] before they entered on their famous contest,
took to them sureties.
- Ochaill from wide-branching Cruachan
undertook protection of true Faebur;
40] at the Sid of Bodb, who would not endure treachery,
was found protection for fierce Rind.
- When the tide turned to flow again
it brought each host to fame;
so that the lake, covered with cloaks
was in regular ridges
- 45] On this wise came, in
every hero, clad in a grey cloak;
so the waters of Luimnech carried them off,
from Munstermen and men of Connaught.
- Therefore said the host
50] from high-mounded Tul Thuinne,
"'Cloaked' (lumnigthe) is the mighty estuary called,
as long as the combat shall be remembered."
- Hence is named everywhere
Luimnech proud the home of heroes
55] from this gathering, as the learned deduce,
wherein its true warriors were despoiled:
- Or else, when the stream of sail-dotted Shannon
carried away from where you stand, past meadow lands,
the shields of the chieftains of your mighty host
60] from the shoulders of the nimble gillies.
- Lumman is the name of every spiky shield
no weakling is the chieftain that bears it;
from these, it may be, mark it mindfully!
the name Luimnech clave to the river of heroes.
- 65] The heroes were saying
on massy Tul Thuinne,
"'Shielded' (luimnechda) is the stream of Mac Lir:
unfruitful are its strong men!"