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Latest Activity: Jul 18, 2012
This excerpt is from Celtic Wonder Tales, a retelling of Irish myths by Ella Young, from the story she calls Inisfail. It is her telling of the coming on the Sons of Mil and their battle with the Tuatha de Danann, which is described in the Book of Invasions. The De Danann have now conceded Ireland to the Milesians and this is Nuada's final speech to them. I find it very beautiful. I hope you enjoy reading it.
We give you Ireland: but, since our hands have fashioned it, we will not utterly leave the country. We will be in the white mist that clings to the mountains; we will be the quiet that broods on the lakes; we will be the joy-shout of the rivers; we will be the secret wisdom of the woods. Long after your descendants have forgotten us, they will hear our music on sunny raths and see our great white horses lift their heads from the mountain-tarns and shake the night-dew from their crested manes: in the end they will know that all the beauty in the world comes back to us, and their battles are only echoes of ours. Lift up your faces, Children of Milesius, Children of Beltu the Haughty Father, and greet the land that belongs to you!"
The Milesians lifted up their heads. No glory blinded them, for the Tuatha De Danaan had drawn the Faed Feea about themselves. They saw the sunlight on the grass like emerald fire; they saw the blueness of the sky and the solemn darkness of the pine trees; they heard the myriad sound of shaken branches and running water, and behind it echoed the laughter of Brigit.
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