Cailleach

Cailleach

It failti na hingena

o thic doib co Beltaine;

is deithbiriu damsa bron:

sech am trog, am sentaine.

The girls are joyful when they approach Maytime: grief is more fitting for me: I am not only miserable, I am an old woman.

From The Lament of the Old Woman of Beare quoted in The Book of the Cailleach by Gearoid O Crualaoich. Cork University Press 2003

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