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DEIRDIRE 21
a thing that He was likely to send — that
he himself would need to put her away
to a far-off place, where no eye would
see a sight of her, and where no ear
would hear a sound of her.
Now the time of her delivery drew
upon the wife of Colum Cruitire, and
she was brought to the floor-bed. The
woman was delivered, and she brought
forth an infant girl. Colum Cruitire
did not allow a living creature to come
home to his house, to give attendance
to his wife, but the knee-woman alone.
Colum Cruitire then put a question to
this woman if she herself would under-
take to bring up the child, and to keep
her in hiding far away, where no eye
could see sight of her, and where no ear
could hear word about her. The woman
said she would, and that she would
make her utmost efforts.
Then Colum Cruitire got three men,

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