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Celtic Miscellany, a (1951) [Anthology]
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This well-known anthology of Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton literature is more representative than most collections because it draws on the prose as well as the poetry of the Celtic languages. The feats of the legendary hero Cu Chulainn and the infectious ribaldry of the fourteenth-century poet Dafydd ap Gwilym combine with epigrams, tales of "Celtic magic," descriptive passages, Bardic poetry, laments and poems of love and nature to reflect the whole spectrum of Celtic imagination, from the earliest times to the nineteenth century.


  • Hero-Tale and Adventure
    1. How Cú Chulainn Got His Name
    2. Cú Chulainn and the Charioteer
    3. The Killing of Edarcomhol
    4. Cú Chulainn's Meeting with Findabhair
    5. Ceithern's Blood-transfusion and Death
    6. Cú Chulainn in the Valley of the Deaf
    7. The Story of Deirdre
    8. The Death of Conchobhar
    9. How Celtchar Killed the "Brown Mouse"
    10. How Cobhthach Contrived his Brother's Death
    11. The Recognition of Ulysses
  • Nature
    1. The Coming of Winter
    2. Winter Cold
    3. Winter
    4. The Four Seasons
    5. A Storm at Sea
    6. The Hermit's Hut
    7. Arran
    8. The Hill of Howth
    9. Deirdre Remembers a Scottish Glen
    10. The Ivied Tree-Top
    11. Suibhne the Wild Man in the Forest
    12. Suibhne Praises the Garbh
    13. To May and January
    14. The Birch-wood Bower
    15. The Snow
    16. The Mist
    17. The Stars
    18. The Burial of the Poet, Dead for Love
    19. The Poet's Arbour in the Birch-wood
    20. To a Birch-tree Cut Down, and Set Up in the Llanidloes for a Maypole
    21. The Mansion of the Woods
    22. To the Sun
    23. To the New Moon
    24. To the Moon
    25. The Mountain Stream
    26. Winter and Summer
  • Love
    1. The Dream of Oenghus
    2. How Trystan Won Esylt
    3. Secret Love
    4. The Jealous Husband
    5. The Seagull
    6. In Defence of Women
    7. To Her Hair
    8. Reconciliation
    9. The Lover's Doubts
    10. Do Not Torment Me, Woman
    11. The Hidden Love
    12. Take Those Lips Away
    13. Trust No Man
    14. Happy for You, Blind Man!
    15. Hate Goes Just as Far as Love
    16. The Blackthorn Pin
    17. The Indifferent Mistress
    18. Parted Lovers
    19. The Message of the Eyes
    20. She's the White Flower of the Blackberry
    21. How Glad Are the Small Birds
    22. Young Lad of the Braided Hair
    23. At the Fiddlers'
    24. He Whose Hand and Eye Are Gentle
    25. The Black-haired Lad
    26. The Laundress's Sweetheart
    27. Mary, My Darling
    28. Kate of Garnavilla
    29. The Ballad of Marivonnik
    30. Fhir a' Bhàta
    31. The Slender Lad
  • Epigram
    1. The Wayside Fountain
    2. The Blackbird's Song
    3. The Hermit Blackbird
    4. The Spring
    5. Heather Flowers
    6. Mountain Lakes
    7. Sliabh gCua
    8. Merioneth
    9. The Pole Star
    10. Night
    11. Night and Morning
    12. The Wind
    13. The Storm
    14. Thick Snow
    15. The Snowfall
    16. Flood-tide
    17. Autumn
    18. Winter Has Come
    19. Women's Tongues
    20. Women's Hats
    21. The Proud Lady
    22. The Twig and the Root
    23. Love Gives Wings
    24. Her Light Step
    25. Like the Birch-tree
    26. Lovelier than the Sun
    27. Red and White Roses
    28. Promiscuity
    29. Dream and Reality
    30. The End of the Day
    31. The Boorish Patron
    32. Finn's Generosity
    33. Weariness of Body and Weariness of Spirit
    34. How Happy Are the Wild Birds
    35. Quando Ver Venit Meum?
    36. Sorrow
    37. Woe Is Me that I Ever Was Born
    38. Old Age Comes not Alone
    39. Old Age and Death
    40. Life's Uncertainty
    41. Thoughts of Death
    42. Stealthy Death
    43. Not Divided in Death
    44. On the Tomb
    45. The Lover's Grave
    46. For a Grave at Trawsfynydd
    47. Epitaph on a Little Girl
    48. Everyman's Epitaph
    49. On Two Shipwrecked Sailors
    50. The Praises of God
    51. Christ Before Pilate
    52. A Vain Pilgrimage
    53. The Monk's Mistress
    54. On Mael Mhuru the Poet
    55. Dinas Bran
    56. Imperial Caesar Dead and Turned to Clay
    57. The Court of Ifor Hael
  • "Celtic Magic"
    1. The Adventure of Conle
    2. The Story of Lludd and Llefelys
    3. Ruadh in the Land Under the Wave
    4. The Creation of Blodeuwedd
    5. The Magic Gaming-board
    6. From The Voyage of Mael Dúin
    7. The Magic Pigs of Cruachu
    8. The Black and White Sheep and the Blazing Tree
    9. From The Voyage of the Uí Chorra
    10. The Three Werewolves from the Cave of Cruacha
    11. How the Fenians Found the Fairy Hill
    12. The Air Ship
    13. The Burial of the Priest's Concubine
    14. Drowned Giantesses
  • Description
    1. Froech in the Dark Pool
    2. Froech and the Fairy Women
    3. Midhir's Invitation to the Earthly Paradise
    4. The Islands of the Earthly Paradise
    5. The Arrival at the Earthly Paradise
    6. Morning Sun
    7. Sunshine Through the Window
    8. The Mowers
    9. The White Lake of Carra
    10. Iubhdhán's Fairy House
    11. Uncomfortable Lodgings
    12. The Cliff of Alternan
    13. Édaín the Fairy
    14. Olwen
    15. Gruffudd ap Cynan's Wife
    16. The Reign of Gruffudd ap Cynan
    17. From The Misty Corrie
    18. From The Song of Summer
    19. You Are Whiter than the Swan
    20. At the Battle of Magh Mucraimhe
    21. The Battle of Ventry
    22. The Monster of Scattery Island
    23. St. Brendan's Vision of Hell
    24. The Homeward Voyage
    25. The Troublesome Gillie
  • Humour and Satire
    1. A Cursed Undutiful Son-in-law
    2. Bricriu's Practical Joke
    3. Culhwch's Arrival at the Court of King Arthur
    4. Some of King Arthur's Wonderful Men
    5. "Eating a Mouse Includes Its Tail"
    6. The Guest House at the Monastery of Cork
    7. The Elders of the End of the World
    8. From the Early Welsh Laws
    9. The Vanity of Women
    10. The Girls of Llanbadarn
    11. A Night at an Inn
    12. The Magpie's Advice
    13. The Poet and the Grey Friar
    14. My Purse, Gramercy to You for This!
    15. Welsh Harper and English Bagpiper
    16. The Letter of O'Neill to Sir John McCoughleyn
    17. "Civil Irish" and "Wild Irish"
    18. The Student's Life
    19. A Smart Young Woman
    20. The Midwives and the Father
    21. Where Are You Going to, my Pretty Maid?
    22. Egan O'Rahilly and the Minister
    23. On the Murder of David Gleeson, Bailiff
  • Bardic Poetry
    1. Elegy on Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
    2. The Battle of Tal Moelfre
    3. The Killing of Hywel ab Owein
    4. Maguire and MacDermot
    5. The Fertile Lands of Cathal Ó Conchobhair
    6. Prosperity in the Time of Tadhg Ó Conchobhair
    7. The Praise of Fermanagh
    8. The Harp of Cnoc Í Chosgair
    9. From the Lament for the Four Macdonalds
    10. To the Earl of Argyll before the Battle of Flodden
    11. Who Will Buy a Poem?
    12. On the Death of William Gould
    13. To Arouse the Gael in Support of Prince Charles
  • Elegy
    1. From the Gododdin
    2. From the Elegy on Cynddylan
    3. Eimher's Keen over Cú Chulainn
    4. The Wild Man of the Woods
    5. The Wild Man's Life
    6. The Wild Man Comes to the Monastery
    7. Deirdre's Farewell to Scotland
    8. Elegy on Druim nDen
    9. Senility
    10. Elegy on Gruffydd ab Addaf ap Dafydd
    11. The Vision
    12. The Unquiet Grave
    13. Ty'n y Coed
    14. Longing
    15. The Braes of Glen Broom
    16. Elegy on the Ruins of Timoleague Abbey
    17. Lament for Reilly
    18. Elegy for His Daughter Ellen
    19. The Death of Màiri
    20. The Lament for Art O'Leary
  • Religion
    1. St. Columba's Island Heritage
    2. The Wish of Manchán of Liath
    3. The Hermit
    4. St. Brendan and the Harper
    5. St. Ide's Wish
    6. I Should Like to Have a Great Ale-Feast
    7. The Little Boys Who Went to Heaven
    8. A Ghost Story
    9. The Resurrection of Bresal Son of Diarmaid
    10. From The Vision of Adhamhnán
    11. The Tree of Life
    12. How St. Scoithin Got His Name
    13. St. Mael Anfaidh and the Bird's Lament for St. Mo Lua
    14. St. Columba's Nettle Broth
    15. Mo Chua's Riches
    16. Repentance before Death
    17. Damnation
    18. Christ's Bounties
    19. The Murder of Abel
    20. St. Meriasek Arrives in Cornwall
    21. The Best and Worst Nail in the Ark
    22. A Prayer to the Virgin
    23. A Charm with Yarrow

Original title: A Celtic Miscellany
Original languages: Various


Genre: MythologyRetellings
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: A Celtic Miscellany

A Celtic Miscellany (1971)
Edition Details:

This book was first published in 1951 by Messrs Routledge and Kegan Paul. The selection of passages in this, the Penguin, edition is exactly the same, and their general appearance seems at first sight little altered. There are, however, considerable changes in detail, chiefly minor but not entirely so.

Many of the originals have since been much better edited than they were then, and in some cases the discovery of better MSS., or other great textual improvements or emendations, have changed the appearance of some of the extracts a good deal.

A further reason for many of the differences between this edition and that of 1951 is the fact that in the course of twenty years I have often changed my mind, both about the exact shade of meaning, in their context, of words or phrases in the original, and also about what words or phrases would most closely express this in English.

Language: English

Edition: revised
Translated by: Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson
Edited by: Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson
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A Celtic Miscellany (1971)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140442472
Pages: 343

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