<> Ferg012 Conary Linen Hall Library 1880 Linen Hall Library Saturday, March 12, 2016 TIFF Ferg012 Manuscript Maeve, Ulster, Slew English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/ferg012 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Ferg012_2.jpg LHL Archive ´╗┐Of kingly-plighted honour undefiled. Abjured his father's councils and his court, And in the hostile halls of western Maeve Spent many a year of heart-corroding care. And many a man of Ulster, many a man Of his own kin, in alien service, slew. If he be there, methinks to-night's assault Will leave the stones of some here unremoved." Said Ingcel, " I shall know him, when I see That pale remorseful visage by and by. And that same brooch and sword-hilt shall be mine. What of the nine ? " " The nine he sat among Were men of steadfast looks, that at his word, So seemed it me, would stay not to enquire Whose kindred were they he might bid them slay." " Knowest thou, oh friend, the serviceable nine ? " " I know them also," answered Ferragon. " Of them 'tis said they never slew a man For evil deed, and never spared a man For good deed ; but, as ordered, duteous, slew Or slew not. Shun that nine, unless your heads Be cased in casquets made of adamant ; Else shall the corpse of many a valiant man Now present, on Da-Derga's threshold lie." " Nine for his nine ! " said Ingcel. " Think not thou By tongue-drawn dangers and deterrent phrase Text