THE WINNING OF OLWEN 359
rest entered into the house and ate and drank. After that the woman opened a chest, and out of it came a youth with curling yellow hair.
' It is a pity to hide him thus,' said Gwrhyr, ' for well I know that he has done no evil.'
' Three and twenty of my sons has Yspaddaden slain, and I have no more hope of saving this one,' replied she, and Kai was full of sorrow and answered :
' Let him come with me and be my comrade, and he shall never be slain unless I am slain also.' And so it was agreed.
' What is your errand here ? ' asked the woman.
' We seek 01 wen the maiden for this youth,' answered Kai; ' does she ever come hither so that she may be seen ? '
' She comes every Saturday to wash her hair, and in the vessel where she washes she leaves all her rings, and never does she so much as send a messenger to fetch them.'
' Will she come if she is bidden ? ' asked Kai, pondering.
' She will come ; but unless you pledge me your faith that you will not harm her I will not fetch her.'
' We pledge it,' said they, and the maiden came.
A fair sight was she in a robe of flame-coloured silk, with a collar of ruddy gold about her neck, bright with emeralds and rubies. More yellow was her head than the flower of the broom, and her skin was wrhiter than the foam of the wave, and fairer were her hands than the blossom of the wood anemone. Four white trefoils sprang up where she trod, and therefore was she called 01 wen.
She entered, and sat down on a bench beside Kilwch, and he spake to her :
' Ah, maiden, since first I heard thy name I have