Necessity of Reading (Cid glic fri hailchi uara)

Cid glic fri hailchi uara,
Cid saer ac imirt be-la,
Cid binn a dord fri du’ana,
Do chuala as borb nat lega.

Though striking stones he’s cunning,
though wielding axe he’s leading,
Though sweet his song and humming,
I hear he’s dull, not reading.

So much for the beloved “stupid barbarian” image!


From Early Irish Verse. by Ruth P.M. Lehmann, University of Texas Press, 1982 (pp. 63 and 110).

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