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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Sid Nechtain is the name that is on the mountain here,
the grave of the full-keen son of Labraid,
from which flows the stainless river
whose name is Boand ever-full.
- 5] Fifteen names, certainty of disputes,
given to this stream we enumerate,
from Sid Nechtain away
till it reaches the paradise of Adam.
- Segais was her name in the Sid
10] to be sung by thee in every land:
River of Segais is her name from that point
to the pool of Mochua the cleric.
- From the well of righteous Mochua
to the bounds of Meath's wide plain,
15] the Arm of Nuadu's Wife and her Leg are
the two noble and exalted names.
- From the bounds of goodly Meath
till she reaches the sea's green floor
she is called the Great Silver Yoke
20] and the White Marrow of Fedlimid.
- Stormy Wave from thence onward
unto branchy Cualnge;
River of the White Hazel from stern Cualnge
to the lough of Eochu Red-Brows.
- 25] Banna is her name from faultless Lough Neagh:
Roof of the Ocean as far as Scotland:
Lunnand she is in blameless Scotland
or its name is Torrand according to its meaning.
- Severn is she called through the land of the sound Saxons,
30] Tiber in the Romans' keep:
River Jordan thereafter in the east
and vast River Euphrates.
- River Tigris in enduring paradise,
long is she in the east, a time of wandering
35] from paradise back again hither
to the streams of this Sid.
- Boand is her general pleasant name
from the Sid to the sea-wall;
I remember the cause whence is named
40] the water of the wife of Labraid's son.
- Nechtain son of bold Labraid
whose wife was Boand, I aver;
a secret well there was in his stead,
from which gushed forth every kind of mysterious evil.
- 45] There was none that would look to its bottom
but his two bright eyes would burst:
if he should move to left or right,
he would not come from it without blemish.
- Therefore none of them dared approach it
50] save Nechtain and his cup-bearers:
these are their names, famed for brilliant deed,
Flesc and Lam and Luam.
- Hither came on a day white Boand
(her noble pride uplifted her),
55] to the well, without being thirsty
to make trial of its power.
- As thrice she walked round
about the well heedlessly,
three waves burst from it,
60] whence came the death of Boand.
- They came each wave of them against a limb,
they disfigured the soft-blooming woman;
a wave against her foot, a wave against her perfect eye,
the third wave shatters one hand.
- 65] She rushed to the sea (it was better for her)
to escape her blemish,
so that none might see her mutilation;
on herself fell her reproach.
- Every way the woman went
70] the cold white water followed
from the Sid to the sea (not weak it was),
so that thence it is called Boand.
- Boand from the bosom of our mighty river-bank,
was mother of great and goodly Oengus,
75] the son she bore to the Dagda bright honour!
in spite of the man of this Sid.
- Or, Boand is Bo and Find
from the meeting of the two royal streams,
the water from bright Sliab Guaire
80] and the river of the Sids here.
- Dabilla, the name of the faithful dog
who belonged to the wife of Nechtain, great and noble,
the lap-dog of Boand the famous,
which went after her when she perished.
- 85] The sea-current swept it away,
as far as the stony crags;
and they made two portions of it,
so that they were named therefrom.
- They stand to the east of broad Breg,
90] the two stones in the blue waters of the lough:
Cnoc Dabilla is so called from that day to this
from the little dog of the Sid.