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Voyage of Bran…

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The otherworldly voyage… Is a mainstay of Celtic tradition… Of a day… Bran mac Febal… Was walking near his royal-fort… He heard sweet music behind him… But when he turned… The music was still behind him… Of such a melodious nature was the lay… That before long… Bran had been lulled to sleep by it… When he eventually awoke… A silver branch with white blossom… Lay beside him… Bran took the branch into his royal-fort… And when all his royal host had been assembled… A woman in strange raiment… Appeared in the middle of the hall.

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The speckled-woman… Sang a long lay… Describing the splendours… And delights… Of her world…  Which lay beyond the sea… And  comprised… One-hundred-and-fifty islands… A world where treachery, sorrow, sickness… And death were unknown… She exhorted Bran to assemble a company… Of twenty-seven men… All of them the same age as himself… And to set out.. Across the sea… In search… Of this hidden land… Before she disappeared… The silver-blossomed branch… Flew from Bran’s hand… Into hers as if of its own accord.

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The Voyage of Bran… Was originally written down… During the seventh century AD… From this original document… Sometime in the tenth century… A copy was made… In which the language of the poetry… Protected as it was… By the laws of metre… And assonance… Was retained… Almost  entirely intact… While the prose was subjected to a process… Of partial modernisation… Most affecting the verbal forms contained in the original… It is from this tenth century copy… That all other manuscript versions of the tale… Are currently derived.

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