The Mystery, by Amergin

The Mystery

I am the wind which breathes upon the sea,

I am the wave of the ocean,

I am the murmur of the billows,

I am the ox of the seven combats,

I am the vulture upon the rocks,

I am the beam of the sun,

I am the fairest of plants,

I am the wild boar in valour,

I am a salmon in the water,

I am a lake in the plain,

I am a word of science,

I am the point of the lance of battle,

I am the God who created in the head the fire.

Who is it who throws light into the meeting on the mountain?

Who announces the ages of the moon?

Who teaches the place where couches the sun?

(If not I)

– ascribed to Amergin, a Milesian prince or druid from Ireland before Roman conquest

Translation – Douglas Hyde .


4 thoughts on “The Mystery, by Amergin

  1. I could find no reference to Amergin and Merlin being the same person. Amergin was the arbiter of the battle for the conquest of Ireland after Ith had been killed. The Milesians came for revenge and eventually conquered Ireland if you can believe old history stories written years after the fact by Christian monks.

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