Trecheng Breth Féne
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Trí húais dóib: dul ar ríg nó úasal nemid, ar is lethiu enech ríg aidbriud; dul fri cath, ar ní túalaing nech glinni fri cath acht ríg lasmbíat secht túatha foa mám; dul fri cimmidecht acht nech lasa mbí mug dóer.

Secht n-aurgarta dóib: dul ar deoraid, ar drúth 7 ar dásachtach, ar díaraig, ar angar, ar éconn, ar essconn. Imnedach dano cach ráth, ar is écen dí díanapud im cach ngell dobeir, aill riam, aill íarum.
Three hard things1: to go security on behalf of a king or highly privileged person, for a king’s honour is wider than any claim; to go security for battle, for no one is capable of any security for a battle save a king under whose yoke are seven tribes; to go security for captivity, except one who owns a serf.

Seven prohibitions: to go security for an outlaw, for a jester and for a madman, for a person without bonds, for an unfilial person, for an imbecile, for one excommunicated. Troublesome moreover is every security, for it is necessary for it to give sudden notice as regards every pledge which he gives, now beforehand, now afterwards.

1 I do not understand the force of ‘dóib’, ‘to them’, either here ar beside ‘secht n-aurgarta’.

2008-06-24 CPD