Old Celtic Romances

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D. Nutt, 1894 - Celts - 446 pages
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Page 1 - Moyle ! be the roar of thy water, Break not, ye breezes, your chain of repose, While murmuring mournfully, Lir's lonely daughter Tells to the night-star her tale of woes.
Page 171 - You shall all reach your own country in safety. And you, Maildun, you shall find in an island on your way, the very man that slew your father ; but you are neither to kill him nor take revenge on him in any way. As God has delivered you from the many dangers you have passed through, though you were very guilty, and well deserved death at His hands ; so you forgive your enemy the crime he committed against you.
Page 398 - I thought it a shameful thing that so many men should be unable to lift this stone, which Oscar, if he were alive, would take in his right hand and fling over the heads of the feeble crowd. After I had looked a little while, I stooped forward and seized the flag with one hand ; and, putting forth my strength, I flung it seven perches from its place, and relieved the little men. But with the great strain the golden saddle-girth broke, and, bounding forward to keep myself from falling, I suddenly came...
Page 434 - With life's elixir sparkling high — But gifts like these are not for the sky. Where was there ever a gem that shone Like the steps of...
Page 150 - THE next thing they found after this was an immense silver pillar standing in the sea. It had eight sides, each of which was the width of an oar-stroke of the curragh, so that its whole circumference was eight oar-strokes. It rose out of the sea without any land or earth about it, nothing but the boundless ocean ; and they could not see its base deep down in the water, neither were they able to see the top on account of its vast height. A silver net hung from the top down to the very water, extending...
Page 244 - At length the storm abated, and the sea grew calm. And when the darkness had cleared away, they saw to the west, a little way off, a vast rocky cliff towering over their heads to such a height, that its head seemed hidden among the clouds. It rose up sheer from the very water, and looked at that distance as smooth as glass, so that at first sight there seemed no way to reach the top. Foltlebar, after examining to the four points of the sky, found the track of the Gilla Dacker as far as the cliff,...
Page 35 - Come, holy priest, with book and prayer ; Baptise and shrive us here : Haste, cleric, haste, for the hour has come, And death at last is near ! Dig our grave— a deep, deep grave, Near the church we loved so well ; This little church, where first we heard The voice of the Christian bell. As oft in life my brothers dear Were sooth'd by me to rest — Ficra and Conn beneath my wings, And Aed before my breast ; So place the two on either hand — Close, like the love that bound me ; Place Aed as close...
Page vii - A translation may either follow the very words, or reproduce the life and spirit, of the original, but no translation can do both. If you render word for word, you lose the spirit; if you wish to give the spirit and the manner, you must depart from the exact words and frame your own phrases. I have chosen this latter course.
Page 314 - Dedannans found that they could not overcome the Fena, they suddenly withdrew from the contest, and departed from the lake, journeying in a body northwards. The Dedannans had for food during the game, and for their journey afterwards, crimson nuts and arbutus apples and scarlet quicken berries, which they had brought from the Land of Promise. These fruits were gifted with many secret virtues; and the Dedannans were careful that neither apple nor nut nor berry should touch the soil of Erin. But as...

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