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spear, andCuchulain said: I am not bound to grant more thanone request on one day. But the satirist said: ThenI will revile Ulster for thy default, and Cuchulain flunghim the spear as before, and Ere now got it, and this timein flying back it struck the Grey of Macha with a mortalwound. Cuchulain drew out the spear from the horsesside, and they bade each other farewell, and the Greygalloped away with half the yoke hanging to its neck. And a third time Cuchulain flung the spear to a satirist,and Lewy took it again and flung it back, and it struckCuchulain, and his bowels fell out in the chariot, andthe remaining horse, Black Sainglend, broke away andleft him. I would fain go as far as to that loch-side to drink,said Cuchulain, knowing the end was come, and theysuff^ered him to go when he had promised to return tothem again. So he gathered up his bowels into his ^ It was a point of honour to refuse nothing to a bard; one kingis said to have given his eye when it was demanded of him.232
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The Death of Cuchulain 232 DEATH OF CUCHULAIN breast and went to the loch-side, and drank, and bathedhimself, and came forth again to die. Now there wasclose by a tall pillar-stone that stood westwards of theloch, and he went up to it and slung his girdle over it andround his breast, so that he might die in his standingand not in his lying down ; and his blood ran down ina little stream into the loch, and an otter came out ofthe loch and lapped it. And the host gathered round,but feared to approach him while the life was still inhim, and the hero-light shone above his brow. Thencame the Grey of Macha to protect him, scattering hisfoes with biting and kicking. And then came a crow and settled on his shoulder. Lewy, when he saw this, drew near and pulled thehair of Cuchulain to one side over his shoulder,and with his sword he smote off his head ; and thesword fell from Cuchulains hand, and smote off thehand of Lewy as it fell. They took the hand ofCuchulain in revenge for this, and bore
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