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- Once upon a time there was a King's son who had a lump on his neck.
The was writing in the lump and he was very troubled about it. He went to travel to find out what was the writing, and would never come back until he found it out. In the evening he came to a little cottage and there was a very feeble old woman in it. He asked for lodging and the old woman said to go away, that his equals would not stay with an old hag like me. But he remained with her that night and she gave him a small dog in the morning.
He travelled the next day and he saw another cottage and he asked for lodging. There was a feeble old woman and she gave him a little dog.
He went on the third day and in the evening he met an old beggar-man with a bag on his back. He showed him the lump and he asked him could he rad the writing and he did. He told him he was to be devoured by the black dog in the wild forest to-morrow night and he gave him another dog. He told the beggar man to go home, that he was just making for the black(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Áine Ní Chathail
- Iníon feirmeora
- Knockanalban, Co. Clare