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Morn A.

Gloomy son of Mugruch, Duchommar! I love thee not: hard is thy heart of rock ; dark thy terrible brow. But Cadmor the son of Tarman, thou art the love of Morna! thou art like a sunbeam on the hill, in the day of the gloomy storm. Sawest thou the son of Tarman, lovely on the hill of the chace? Here the daughter of Cormac-Carbret |X

waiteth the coming of Cadmor.



And long shall Morna wait. His blood is on my sword. I met him by the mossy stone, by the oak of the noisy stream. He fought; but I flew him;' ^ his blood is on my sword. High on the hill I will raise his tomb, daughter of Cormac-Carbre. But love thou the


ion of Mugruch; his arm is strong as a* storm. . *


And . is the son of Tarman fallen ;.: the youth with the breast of snow! the. first in the chace o£ the hill; the foe. of the sons of the ocean I— Duchommar, thou art gloomy indeed; cruel is thy arm to me. -;— But give me that i sword,. son of Mugruch; I love the blood of Cadmor.

[he gives her the sword, withwhicfr* file instantly. stabs him. ]

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Daughter of Cormae-Carbre, thou; hast pierced Duchommar! thesword is cold in my breast ;. thou hast killed the Son. of Mugruch. Give me to Moinie \ I the..

the maid; for much she loved Duchommar. My tomb (he will raise on the hill.; the hunter shall see it, and praise

me. But draw the sword from my

fide, Morna; I feel it cold.

[upon her coming near him, he stabs her. As she fell,' she plucked a stone from the fide of the cave, and placed it' betwixt them, that his blood might not" be mingled with hers.]


* Wl^EKE ls Geaichossa my i°ve> riie

daughter of Tuathal-Teachvar? I left her in the hall of the plain, when I fought with the hairy Ulfadha. Return soon, (he said, O Lamderg! for here I wait in sorrow. Her white breast rose with sighs; her cheek was wet with tears. But (he cometh not to meet 4 Lamderg; or sooth his foul after battle. Silent is the hall of joy; I hear not the voice of the singer. Brann does not shake his chains at the gate, glad at the coming of his master. Where is Gealchossa my love, the daughter of Tuathal-Teachvar?

\ * The signification of the names in this fragment are;

Geakhossack, white.legged. Taathal.Teachtmhar,
the surly, but fortunate mar. Lambhdearg. bloody.
hand. Ulfadha, long beard. Fifchio*, the conque- .
ror of men.

1 >.* I 2 Lamderg! ^

3lamderg! says Firchios son of Ay<don, GealchofTa may be on the hill.; . ;ihe and her chosen maids pursuing the flying deer. . . - >

Firchios! no?noise I hear.. "No sound in the wood of the hill. N© .deer fly in my sight; no panting dog pursueth. I see not GealchofTa my love; fair as the full moon setting on the hills of Cromleach. Go, firchios! go t& Allad *f .the grey^haired son of . the rock. ..He liveth in the circle of stones; he may tell of GealchofTa.

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Allad! faith Firchios, thou who ^dwelled in the rock; thou who trem.blest alone ;* what law thine eyes of age?

. I saw, answered Allad the old, Ul

>jfr;.... * Allad is plainly a Druid consulted on tnis ecca\. ,'Æon.



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