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The Voyage of the Hui Corra (Author: Unknown)

section 68

From that island they went to sea and rowed for a long time till they found an island, with the community of Ailbe of Emly38 therein. At midnight they arrived there. On the strand they found a spring, but it was turbid. They found another spring, and this was clear and bright. The gillie desires a drink from the spring. ‘It is better to get leave’, saith the elder, ‘if there is any one in the island.’ Thereafter they saw a great light, and they come under that radiance till they beheld the twelve men making their prayer, and these had no light save the sunny countenance of each towards the other39. One of them comes to the pilgrims, and bids them welcome, and asks tidings of them. They tell him their adventures, and entreated a drink out of the well. So he said to them: ‘Ye have permission’, quoth he, ‘to fill your vessels with the water that is the clearest of them, when your elder shall bid you (to do so).’