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Buile Suibhne (Author: [unknown])

paragraph 71

    the Cleric:

    1. Thou art at ease, madman,
      on the top of the yew-branch
      beside my little abode,
      thou hast eaten my watercress.


    1. My life is not one of ease,
      O cleric of Druim Iarainn,
      such is my fear
      that I do not close an eye.
    2. If I were to see the men of the world
      coming to me, O man of the bell,
      I would flee from them as fast
      as at the flight of a wren.
    3. Alas! that thou art not in my place
      and I a devout cleric,
      so that thy mind might grasp
      that it is not the accomplishment of a madman to be at ease.