In Praise of a Sword Given Him By His Prince


Blackbirds to a swan,
Feathers to hard iron,
Rock hags to a siren,
      All lords to my lord;
Jackdaws to a hawk,
Cackling to a choir,
Sparks to a bonfire,
      All swords to my sword.


               Irish Gaelic; trans. Richard O'Connell



Colman mac Lenini, Irish Gaelic, trans. Richard O'Connell, Translation Magazine.