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THE TRAGICAL DEATH OF THE SONS OF USNACH PART I A KING renowned,
exceeding mighty, became chief of the Province of Ulster. His name
was Conchobar, son of Fachtna fathach, son of Capa, son of Ginga,
son of Rury the Great from whom the Clan Rury are named. . . . And
that valiant, victorious over-king went to enjoy a banquet and a
feast, to the house of Fedlimid, son of Dall, Conchobar's own
tale-teller. For thus was the feast of Emain Macha enjoyed at that
time, to wit, three hundred threescore and five persons was the
number of the knight's household that was computed in the house of
each man of them. And while they were enjoying the banquet,
Fedlimid's wife brought forth a daughter. Cathbad the Druid, who
entered the assembly at that moment, uttered forebodings and
prophecies about the girl, namely, that much evil and calamity
would befall the province on her account. And when the warriors
heard that, they desired to kill her on the spot. But Conchobar
said,' It shall not be so done; but I will bring her with me, and
put her to fosterage, so that she may be my own one wife.' Cathbad,
the Druid, named her Deirdre; and the king placed her in an
enclosure apart, with a fosterer and a nurse to rear her. And none
of the province durst go near her save her fosterer and her nurse
and a female satirist called Levarcham, and Conchobar himself. And
thus she lived until she was ripe for marriage, and she outwent in
beauty the women of her time. Once on a snowy day it came to pass
that her fosterer killed a calf for her dinner: and when the blood
of the calf was poured upon the snow, a black raven swooped down to
drink it. When Deirdre took heed of that, she said to Levarcham
that she would desire a husband having the three colours which she
beheld, namely, the colour...
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