<> Ferg032 Conary Linen Hall Library 1880 Linen Hall Library Saturday, March 12, 2016 TIFF Ferg032 Manuscript North, Tutors, Loyalty English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/ferg032 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Ferg032_2.jpg LHL Archive In middle floor." " Thou, Ferflath, take the cup And hold it to thy father's lips," said Cecht. The child approached the cup ; the dying king Felt the soft touch and smiled, and drew a sigh ; And, as they raised him in the chariot, died. " A gentle and a generous king is gone," Said Cecht, and wept. " I take to witness all Here present, that I did not leave his side But by his own command. But how came ye, Choice men and champions of the warlike North, Tutors of old and samplars to our youth In loyalty and duty, how came ye To leave your lawful king alone to die ? " " Cecht," answered Conall, " and thou, Ferflath, know, — For these be things concern both old and young — We live not of ourselves. The heavenly Gods Who give to every man his share of life Here in this sphere of objects visible And things prehensible by hands of men, Though good and just they are, are not themselves The only unseen beings of the world. Spirits there are around us in the air And elvish creatures of the earth, now seen, Now vanishing from sight ; and we of these (But whether with, or whether without the will Of the just Gods I know not,) have to-night By strong enchantments and prevailing spells, — Though mean the agents and contemptible, — Text