On Wed, 7 Feb 1996, Colin Campbell wrote:
> >...and speaking of Cuchulain, dying gods, hung gods, and human sacrifices,
> >it's struck me as immensely interesting that as he was dying
> >Cuchulain requested that he be tied to a dolmen and left this world
> >on his feet
This reminded me of one of the lines in the poem,
"Remember the Glories of Brien the Brave"
written by Thomas Moore, from the book Irish Melodies,
"Forget not our wounded companions, who stood
In the day of distress by our side;
While the moss of the valley grew red with their blood,
They stirr'd not, but conquere'd and died!
The sun that now blesses our arms with his light,
Saw them fall upon Ossory's plain;-
Oh ! let him not blush, when he leaves us to-night,
To find that they fell there in vain !
With the following footnote;
This alludes to an interesting circumstance related of the Dalgais,
the favourite troops of Brien, when they were interrupted in their
return from Clontarf, by Fitzpatrick, prince of Ossory. The wounded men
entreated that they may be allowed to fight with the rest.
"Let stakes" they said, "be stuck in the ground, and suffer each of us,
tied and supported by one of these stakes, to be placed in his rank
by the side of a sound man." "Between seven and eight hundred wounded men,"
adds O'Halloran, "pale, emaciated, and supported in this manner, appeared
mixed with the foremost of the troops;-never was such another sight
exhibited." - History of Ireland, Book 12, Chap.1
Sorry for the length of this posting,
just shows what happens when a 'lurker' goes bad,
Sla/n John O'Neill