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Aasir Alban Butler ancestor ancient Anglo-Saxon Arthur ballad bard battle became bishop Bran Bran the Blessed Breton Britain Brittany called century Ceridwen Charlemagne chief Christian name common Congal connected Cymric Danes Danish daughter death derived descended divine Domesday Domesday Book doubt Earl Edda England English Erse father favourite feminine Finn France Frank French Freyr Frisian Gadhaelic Gael Gaelic Gaul Geoffrey of Monmouth Gothic Goths Greek Grimm helmet hero High German Highland honour Ireland Irish Isle Italian Italy Keltic Kelts king knight lady Landnama-bok Latin legend likewise Mabinogion married meaning Munch myth namesakes Norman North northern Odin old German origin perhaps poem prince probably queen race reigned Roman Saga saint Saxon Scotland Scots Scottish Section Spain Spanish stone story supposed surname Teutonic thence Thor Thor's tongues translated Triads tribe Ulster Valkyr Wales warrior Welsh whence wife wolf word
Page 136 - You drank of the Well I warrant betimes ? " He to the Cornishman said. But the Cornishman smiled as the stranger spake And sheepishly shook his head. " I hastened as soon as the Wedding was done And left my wife in the porch. But i' faith she had been wiser than me, For she took a bottle to Church ! " ' An interesting variation from the usual run of Wishing Wells is to be found in Denbighshire.
Page 49 - They are gone, those heroes of royal birth Who plundered no churches, and broke no trust, "Tis weary for me to be living on earth When they, oh, Kincora, lie low in the dust!
Page 225 - Horror covers all the heath, Clouds of carnage blot the sun: Sisters! weave the web of death: Sisters! cease; the work is done.
Page 333 - Striking dints with falchions keen on his glittering shield. Half the night against the ghosts he waged the battle fierce ; But the empty air he struck when he weened their breasts to pierce. Little recked they for his blows : with his terror and his woe, Ere half the night was past his hair was white as snow. And when the monks to matins sped, they found him pale and cold. There the ghosts in deadly swoon had left the champion bold.
Page 141 - ... the south-east of the royal Rath of Laoghaire at Tamur, with his face to the south, as if fighting with the Lagenians," or Leinster-men.f Laoghaire, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, died at Cassi, in the plain of the Liffey, about the year AD 458. Eoghan Bel, King of Connaught, was also interred, with his red javelin in his hand, and his face turned towards Ulster.} According to a popular tradition, many of these cromlechs are still styled Leaba Diarmada agus Grainne, "the bed of Dermod and...
Page 258 - Leezignan, or Lusignan, on condition that he should never intrude upon her on a Saturday ; of course, after a long time, his curiosity was excited, and stealing a glance at his lady in her solitude, he beheld her a serpent from the waist downward ! With a terrible shriek, she was lost to him for ever ; but she left three sons, all bearing some deformity, of whom Geoffroi au grand dent was the most remarkable.
Page 257 - Melisende again was the princess who carried the uneasy crown of Jerusalem to the House of Anjou ; and, perhaps, from the Provencal connections of the English court, Lady Melisent Stafford bore the name in the time of Henry II., whence Melicent has become known in England, and never quite disused, though often confounded with Melissa, a bee, and sometimes spelt Millicent.
Page 296 - HUMPHREY alludes to the report that he was starved to death, or to the Elizabethan habit for poor gentility to beguile the dinner hour by a promenade near his tomb in old St. Paul's — YONGE.
Page 66 - Bride was their Queen of Song, and unto her They prayed with fire-touched lips. Great were their deeds, their passions and their sports ; With clay and stone They piled on strath and shore those mystic forts, Not yet o'erthrown; On cairn-crowned hills they held their councilcourts; While youths alone, With giant dogs, explored the elk resorts, And brought them down.