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  The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Room of the Mimes
 
 
  “There I beheld a trio of jesters hard by the fire. Three dun mantles they wore. If the men of Erin were in one place, even though the corpse of his mother or his father were in front of each, not one could refrain from laughing at them. Wheresoever the king of a cantred is in the house, not one of them attains his seat on his bed because of that trio of jesters. Whenever the king’s eye visits them it smiles at every glance. Liken thou that, O Fer rogain!”  1
  “Easily done. Mael and Mlithe and Admlithe—those are the king of Erin’s three jesters. By each of them a man will perish, and among them they will share a man’s triumph.”  2
  “Woe to him that will wreak the Destruction!” says Lomna, etc. “And after that whom sawest thou there?”  3
 

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