At the place where their horses leaped from sea to land there was a great wood of pine trees. He struck the brazen door, and the Guardian of the Door spoke to him from within — " What do you seek? What can you do I " " I have the craft of a carpenter. If he has, I will not seek to enter. He seeks admittance as the Ildana, the Master of every craft.
Lugh came into the dun.
Ogmai, the champion, took a good look at him. He thought him young and slender, and was minded to test him. There was a great stone before the seat of the king.
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It was flat and round, and fourscore yoke of oxen could not move it. Ogmai stooped and lifted the stone. He cast it through the door, so that it crossed the fosse which was round the dun. That was his challenge to the Ildana.
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He lifted the stone and cast it back, not through the door, but through the strong wall of the dun so that it fell in the place where it had lain before Ogmai lifted it. He sat in the champion-seat. They played, and Lugh won all the games, so that thereafter it passed into a proverb " to make the Cro of Lugh. No one can bring music from that harp but himself : when he plays on it the four Seasons — Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter — pass over the earth.
The harp was given to him. Lugh played the music of joy, and outside the dun the birds began to sing as though it were morning, and wonderful crimson flowers sprang through the grass — flowers that trem- bled with delight and swayed and touched each other with a delicate, faery ringing as of silver bells. Inside the dun a subtle sweetness of laughter filled the hearts of everyone : it seemed to them that they had never known gladness till that night. Mail will not be published.
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