Skene's Four Ancient Books of
XXIII. BLACK BOOK OF CAERMARTHEN
I. Seithenhin, stand thou forth,
And behold the billowy rows;
The sea has covered the plain of Gwydneu.
II. Accursed be the damsel,
Who, after the wailing,
Let loose the Fountain of Venus, the raging deep.
III. Accursed be the maiden,
Who, after the conflict, let loose
The fountain of Venus, the desolating sea.
IV. A great cry from the roaring sea arises above the summit of the rampart,
To-day even to God does the supplication come!
Common after excess there ensues restraint.
V. A cry from the roaring sea overpowers me this night,
And it is not easy to relieve me;
Common after excess succeeds adversity.
VI. A cry from the roaring sea comes upon the winds
The mighty and beneficent God has caused it!
Common after excess is want.
VII. A cry from the roaring sea
Impels me from my resting-place this night;
Common after excess is far-extending destruction.
VIII. The grave of Seithenhin the weak-minded
Between Caer Cenedir and the shore
Of the great sea and Cinran.