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  The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Room of Dá Derga
  “There I beheld another room, with one man therein and in front of him two servants with two manes upon them, one of the two dark, the other fair. Red hair on the warrior, and red eyebrows. Two ruddy cheeks he had, and an eye very blue and beautiful. He wore a green cloak and a shirt with a white hood and a red insertion. In his hand was a sword with a hilt of ivory, and he supplies attendance of every room in the house with ale and food, and he is quick-footed in serving the whole host. Liken thou that, O Fer rogain!”  1
  “I know those men. That one is Dá Derga. ’Tis by him that the Hostel was built, and since it was built its doors have never been shut save on the side to which the wind comes—the valve is closed against it—and since he began housekeeping his caldron was never taken from the fire, but it has been boiling food for the men of Erin. The pair before him, those two youths, are his fosterlings, two sons of the king of Leinster, namely Muredach and Corpre. Three decads will fall by that trio in front of their house and they will boast of victory over a king or a chief of the reavers. After this they will chance to escape from it.”  2
  “Long live he who should protect them!” says Lomna. “Better were triumph of saving them than triumph of slaying them! They should be spared were it only on account of that man. ’Twere meet to give that man quarter,” says Lomna Drúth.  3
  “Ye cannot,” says Ingcél. “Clouds,” etc. “And after that whom sawest thou there?”  4


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