THE RED ETIN
and not knowing when or how he might get other provisions, said he would like to hae the hale cake, come of his mother's malison what like; so she gave him the hale cake, and her malison alang wi't. Then he took his brither aside, and gave him a knife to keep till he should come back, desiring him to look at it every morning, and as lang as it continued to be clear, then he might be sure that the owner of it was well; but if it grew dim and rusty, then for certain some ill had befallen him.
So the young man set out to seek his fortune. And he gaed a' that day, and a' the next day; and on the third day, in the afternoon, he came up to where a shepherd was sitting with a flock o' sheep. And he gaed up to the shepherd and asked him wha the sheep belanged to; and the man answered:
' The Eed Etin of Ireland
Ance lived in Bellygan, And stole King Malcolm's daughter,
The King of fair Scotland. He beats her, he binds her,
He lays her on a band ; And every day he dings her
With a bright silver wand. Like Julian the Roman, He's one that fears no man. It's said there's ane predestinate
To be his mortal foe; But that man is yet unborn,
And lang may it be so.'
The young man then went on his journey; and he had not gone far when he espied an old man with white locks herding a flock of swine; and he gaed up to him and asked whose swine these were, when the man answered:
' The Bed Etin of Ireland '—
Repeat the verses above.]
Then the young man gaed on a bit farther, and came to another very old man herding goats; and when he asked whose goats they were, the answer was :
' The Eed Etin of Ireland '—
[Bepeat the verses again.]