Three Irish bardic tales; being metrical versions of the three tales known as the Three sorrows of story-telling

9781236200334: Three Irish bardic tales; being metrical versions of the three tales known as the Three sorrows of story-telling

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...thy head. Tell me: what wouldst thou do if I should send thee now For Usna's Sons, and death perchance should come to them Under thy surety?' This,' said Conall, ' and no worse: Not one man's life alone should pay me for their lives, But every treacherous heart that should abet their death Would I tear out.' Fiercely his two terrible eyes, The blue eye and the brown, flamed on the King, who turned His darkened face away, muttering: Henceforth I know Thou lov'st me not.' And so dealt Conall with the King. Next, in a chosen hour, he drew Cuchullin to him, And said: O warrior King, I know thou lov'st me well, Being my sister's son; and I it was, thou knowest, Who gave thee thy first spears. When thou wast but a boy I made thee Champion, gave thee my own car and my steeds, And made with noble arms noble thy untried hand, And, in the paths of fame planting thy feet, set foes Before thy beardless face. Tell me, my son, if now I pledge thee to bring back the Sons of Usna safe, And by ill-hap some hurt should light upon their heads, What wouldst thou do?' But this/ Cuchullin said, no more, And by my sword, no less! If wrong should come to them 1 would not take from thee the riches of the East--The bribe of all the world; but thou and all thy clan Should pay me with your heads for the blackness of your hearts. Strong are the ties of blood, but stronger for good men The ties of honour.' Fierce the flame of his blue eyes Blazed on the King's dark face. Well said! ' quoth Conchobar, '1 see thou lov'st me not.' He turned his back, and strode Angry away. So dealt Cuchullin with the King. He came to Fergus. Thou,' he said, O warrior King, Father of my renown! if I should send thee now To bring back Usna's Sons in peace, and by ill-chance Some hurt should come to them unde...

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