56. The puffin (Anas leucopsis), called in Irish ‘girrinna.’ It was the popular belief that these birds grew out of driftwood.
57. St. Fanchea.
58. Galway Bay.
59. These stanzas are a paraphrase of the hymn “Ave Maris Stella.”
60. An angel was said to have presented her with three precious stones, which, he explained, were emblematic of the Blessed Trinity, by whom she would be always visited and protected.
61. The blue bird.
62. The cedar bird.
63. The golden-crowned thrush.
64. The scarlet sparrow or tanager.
65. The Baltimore oriole or fire-bird.
66. The ruby-crowned wren.
68. The white peacock.
69. The yellow bird or goldfinch.
70. The gold-winged woodpecker.
71. Humming birds.
72. The Carolina parrot.
73. The grosbeak or red bird, sometimes called the Virginia nightingale.
74. The mocking-bird.
75. See the “Lyfe of Saynt Brandon” in the Golden Legend, published by Wynkyn de Worde, 1483; fol. 357.
76. “Nonne cognoscitis in odore vestimentorum nostrorum quod in Paradiso Domini fuimus.”—Colgan.
[Con, the son of Hugh Roe O’Donnell, with his small-powerful force,—and the reason Con’s force was called the small-powerful force was, because he was always in the habit of mustering a force which did not exceed twelve score of well-equipped and experienced battle-axe-men, and sixty chosen active horsemen, fit for battle,—marched with the forementioned force to the residence of MacJohn of the Glynnes (in the county of Antrim); for Con had been informed that MacJohn had in possession the finest woman, steed, and hound, of any other person in his neighbourhood. He sent a messenger for the steed before that time, and was refused, although Con had, at the same time, promised it to one of his own people. Con did not delay, and got over every difficult pass with his small-powerful force, without battle or obstruction, until he arrived in the night at the house of MacJohn, whom he, in the first place, took prisoner, and his wife, steed, and hound, and all his property, were under Con’s control, for he found the same steed, with sixteen others, in the town on that occasion. All the Glynnes were plundered on the following day by Con’s people, but he afterwards, however, made perfect restitution of all property, to whomsoever it belonged, to MacJohn’s wife, and he set her husband free to her after he had passed the Bann westward. He brought with him the steed and great booty and spoils, into Tirhugh, and ordered the cattle-prey to be let out on the pasturage.—“Annals of the Four Masters,” translated by Owen Connellan, Esq., p. 331-2. This poem, founded upon the foregoing