The combat of Cûchulaind with Senbecc, grandson of Ebrecc, from Segais

Comracc Conchulaind re Senbecc hua n-Ebricc a Segais in so
Stowe 992 on fo. 50 b

Trans. Kuno Meyer



Once upon a time Cuchulaind was in his chariot on the bank of the Boyne, and Loeg, the son of Riangabar, with him. And he was performing the feat of the nine heroes over the river, killing the salmon of Lind Feic, when they saw a little man in a purple dress, and a small boat of bronze under him ..... on the Boyne, without rowing at all. Cuchulaind took him on his hand together with his boat. « Thou art in it » said Cuchulaind. » The likelier then ; » said he « that I shall give a ransom, to wit, my cloak and my shirt, and they have their virtues, in that, they fit any man, be he small or great. He is not drowned nor burnt, as long as they are on him. No decay comes upon them, nor upon him on whom they are, and any colour you like will be on them. » « They are mine without that » said Cuchulaind. « Take my shield and my spear, and thou wilt not be beaten in battle or combat, and thou wilt never be wounded as long as the shield is protecting thee. » « They are all mine » said Cuchulaind. « They are ..... of my fist. » « Thou art heavy upon me » said Senbecc. « What little thing is that with thee ? » asked Cuchulaind. « A small harp », said Senbecc « and shall I play it to thee? » « I am pleased » said Cuchulaind. Then he van his fingers overit, in such wise that Cuchulain kept shedding tears at the melancholy tune. Then he played the merry tune, and Cuchulaind kept laughing continually. He played the sleepy tune, and Cuchulaind was in sleep and continuous slumber from one hour to the other. Senbecc went home, and

Fuair hua Eibricc forsin sruth
itir sceoil ainscelu gugud
Séphain Senbecc sal iar sruth
do Coinculaind chostadhach.
Ni hagh a seinm na suainchi
Senbecc na seghsa siancha
for bruinnib Bonne braiche
do dhalta Scathchi sciathcha.
Senbecc ua hEibric a Seghais
is é ro sepaind a seinm.

Finit.

Sources : Kuno Meyer, Revue Celtique 6



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