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Page 363 - The Warriors who went to Cattraeth were renowned ; Wine and Mead out of golden goblets was their beverage. That year was to them one of exalted dignity, Three warriors and three score and three hundred, wearing the golden torques. Of those who marched forth after the excess of revelling, But three escaped from the conflict of gashing weapons ; The two War-dogs of Aeron and Kynon the dauntless, (And I myself from the spilling of blood) worthy are they of my song.
Page 337 - Viviane of the romances of chivalry and who acts so conspicuous a part in those compositions ; although it is true there is not much resemblance betwixt the two names. But, if we look into the poems of Merlin Sylvestris, we shall find that the female personage of this name, which by the French romancers might easily be modified into Viviane, is repeatedly referred to by the bard in his vaticinations.
Page 363 - ... Gosgord of Mynyddawg Mwynvawr. The Gosgord usually consisted of three hundred men with their three leaders. Thus in stanza 18, " three chiefs and three hundred." These were cut off to a man, as appears from stanza 31 : " The Gosgord of Mynyddawg, renowned in a trial, Their life was the price of their banquet of mead. When they were slain they also slaughtered : Not one to his native home returned.
Page 431 - Tysilio, the son of Brochwel Ysgythrog, composed these verses concerning Gwrnerth's coming to perform his devotions with Llewelyn the saint, his companion ; and they are called the colloquy of Llewelyn and Gwrnerth.
Page 367 - Bonedd y Saint. Caredin is not far from the river Avon, and parallel to it flows the river Carron ; the two rivers enclosing a district at the west end of which is a great moor still called Slamanan ; in old Gaelic, "Sliabh Manand," or the moor or plain of Manand.
Page 366 - After criticising the various theories, as to the site of this conflict, which have been put forward by Mr. Williams, M. de la Villemarque, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Nash, and Mr. Vere Irving, Mr. Skene thus proceeds:— " It is plain from the poem that two districts, called respectively Gododin and Catraeth, met at or near a great rampart; that both were washed by the sea; and that in connection with the latter was a fort called 'Eyddin...
Page 424 - Scotichronicon it is stated that this Laloicen was Myrddin Wyllt. By connecting these several particulars we find an air of truth cast over the history of this bard, as regards the principal incident of his life, and there can he no reason to doubt that some of the poetry attributed to him was actually his composition.
Page 370 - And in the Statistical Account • of the parish of Fintry there is the following notice: 'At the foot of the rock which encircles the western brow of the Fintry Hills there is a considerable extent of table-land, and on the descent below this starts out a knoll, commonly known by the name of the Dun or Down, of a singular appearance. Its front is a perpendicular rock, fifty feet high. The western extremity of this rock is one solid mass.
Page 368 - The requirements of the site seem, therefore, satisfied in that part of Scotland where Lothian meets Stirlingshire, in the two districts of Gododin and Catraeth, both washed by the sea of the Firth of Forth ; and where the great Roman Wall terminates at Caredin, or the fort of Eidinn. As to the date of the battle, we are not without indications. The poem opens with several stanzas devoted to two heroes disguised under the epithets of Caeawg and Mynydawg. Caeawg is derived from cae, meaning in its...