THE BLIND POET

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland

By Lady Francesca Wilde

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As a proof of the magnetic, lucid vision obtained by the great ollamhs of poetry, it is recorded of the blind poet, Louad Dall, that his attendants having brought him the skull of an animal found upon the strand, they asked him to declare its history. And thereupon placing the end of his wand upon the skull, he beheld with the inner vision, and said—

"The tempestuous waters have destroyed Breccan, and this is the skull of his lapdog; and but little of greatness now remains, for Breccan and his people have perished in the waves."

And this was "divination by the staff"—a power possessed only by the chief poets, and by none else.

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