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The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
The Room of Cuscrad Son of Conchobar
 
 
  “I beheld another room. Therein were eight swordsmen, and among them a stripling. Black hair is on him, and very stammering speech has he. All the folk of the Hostel listen to his counsel. Handsomest of men he is: he wears a shirt and a bright-red mantle, with a brooch of silver therein.”  1
  “I know him,” says Fer rogain: “’tis Cuscraid Menn of Armagh, Conchobar’s son, who is in hostageship with the king. And his guards are those eight swordsmen around him, namely, two Flanns, two Cummains, two Aeds, two Crimthans. They will share prowess with every one in the Hostel, and they will chance to escape from it with their fosterling.”  2
 

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