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The Life of St Féchín of Fore (Author: [unknown])

section 46

After that Féchín went with the sons of Aed Sláine to Raith Droma Nó.53 In that place Féchín fasted for the space of thirteen days and thirteen nights, in order that he54 should not be deprived of the change of land; and that change was not obtained from the king of Ireland. Thereafter snow fell as far as men's shoulders and killed a horse for every carriage in the men of Ireland, and (even) for that the king did not grant him respite. Then from heaven came a fiery sword between the king and the queen, and entered the ground between them, and burnt every way it went. ‘It is time’, says


the queen, ‘to do the saint's will.’ The king prostrated himself to the cleric, and the cleric put his foot with its shoe upon the king's neck, and the wizard said to Féchín: ‘Take that foot from the king's neck, or thou wilt repent it.’ The earth straightway swallowed up the wizard. Wherefore it was proclaimed in the presence of the men of Ireland that Féchín should have forever their truce and their joint-kindred and their free sanctuary. And hence it is aill aill(?) with Féchín's stewards from that time to this. And God's name and Féchín's were magnified thereby.