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Buile Suibhne (Author: [unknown])

paragraph 55

Thereafter Suibhne went to the place where Eorann was and stood at the outer door of the house wherein were the queen and her womenfolk, and then he said: ‘At ease art thou, Eorann, though ease is not for me.’ ‘True,’ said Eorann, ‘but come in,’ said she. ‘In sooth I will not,’ said Suibhne, ‘lest the army pen me in the house.’ ‘Methinks,’ said the woman, ‘no better is your reason from day to day, and since you do not wish to stay with us,’ said she, ‘go away and do not visit us at all, for we are ashamed that you should be seen in that guise by people who have seen you in your true guise.’ ‘Wretched in sooth is that,’ said Suibhne, ‘woe to him who trusts a woman after these words. For great was my kindness to the woman who dismisses me thus, seeing that on one day I gave her thrice fifty cows and fifty steeds; and if it were the day I slew Oilill Cedach, king of the Ui Faolain, she would have been glad to see me’; whereupon he said: