… No smoke from the roof-rounds
of Albion without tribute to them…
A tribute on the Quern.
A tribute on the Kneading Trough.
A tribute on the Baking Flags…
An ounce of gold for every nose
North, South, East or West
of the Wondrous Head.
King Grim-Gaze, the slug-man, was planning a great feast at Red-Hill-Hall.
…Said Grey-Sway to Father Fish, “Wake up, wake up! You must undertake a work of construction: a mead house for my father’s banquet is required; it is to be completed a year from this day.”
So Father Fish set about his work, and one morning Little Nipper came to him and said, “soon you will finish your labour, you must not seek payment until the cattle of Albion are brought before you, when this is done you must choose from among them all only the white, black-maned cow.”
Father Fish did as bidden by Little Nipper and, with all the cattle of Albion before him, he asked only one white, black-maned cow as the price of his labour.
That seemed right foolish to King Grim-Gaze but he consented all the same…