The Age of Fable eBook

Thomas Bulfinch
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have also; set therefore the mouse free.”  “I will not set it free, by Heaven,” said he, “till I know who the mouse may be.”  “She is my wife.”  “Wherefore came she to me?” “To despoil thee,” he answered.  “I am Lloyd, the son of Kilwed, and I cast the charm over the seven cantrevs of Dyved.  And it was to avenge Gawl, the son of Clud, from the friendship I had towards him, that I cast the charm.  And upon Pryderi did I avenge Gawl, the son of Clud, for the game of Badger in the Bag, that Pwyll, the son of Auwyn, played upon him.  And when it was known that thou wast come to dwell in the land, my household came and besought me to transform them into mice, that they might destroy thy corn.  And they went the first and the second night, and destroyed thy two crops.  And the third night came unto me my wife and the ladies of the court, and besought me to transform them.  And I transformed them.  Now she is not in her usual health.  And had she been in her usual health, thou wouldst not have been able to overtake her; but since this has taken place, and she has been caught, I will restore to thee Pryderi and Rhiannon, and I will take the charm and illusion from off Dyved.  Set her therefore free.”  “I will not set her free yet.”  “What wilt thou more?” he asked.  “I will that there be no more charm upon the seven cantrevs of Dyved, and that none shall be put upon it henceforth; moreover, that vengeance be never taken for this, either upon Pryderi or Rhiannon, or upon me.”  “All this shalt thou have.  And truly thou hast done wisely in asking this.  Upon thy head would have lit all this trouble.”  “Yea,” said he, “for fear thereof was it that I required this.”  “Set now my wife at liberty.”  “I will not,” said he, “until I see Pryderi and Rhiannon with me free.”  “Behold, here they come,” he answered.

And thereupon behold Pryderi and Rhiannon.  And he rose up to meet them, and greeted them, and sat down beside them.  “Ah, chieftain, set now my wife at liberty,” said the bishop.  “Hast thou not received all thou didst ask?” “I will release her, gladly,” said he.  And thereupon he set her free.

Then he struck her with a magic wand, and she was changed back into a young woman, the fairest ever seen.  “Look round upon thy land,” said he, “and thou wilt see it all tilled and peopled as it was in its best estate.”  And he rose up and looked forth.  And when he looked he saw all the lands tilled, and full of herds and dwellings.

And thus ends this portion of the Mabinogi.

The following allusions to the preceding story are found in a letter of the poet Southey to John Rickman, Esq., dated June 6th, 1802: 

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