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By Kenneth Jackson

Together with works from Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton and Manx, this Celtic Miscellany bargains a wealthy combination of poetry and prose from the 8th to the 19th century, and offers a different perception into the minds and literature of the Celtic humans. it's a literature ruled by way of a deep experience of ask yourself, wild inventiveness and a profound feel of the uncanny, within which the wildlife and the facility of the person spirit are celebrated with staggering inventive strength. Skifully prepared by means of subject, from the hero-tales of Cu Chulainn, Bardic poetry and elegies, to the delicate and intimate writings of early Celtic Christianity, this anthology presents a desirable perception right into a deeply artistic literary culture.

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In the very dim light I saw that one of his toes had been scratched by something sharp like a piece ofglass or nail; it was bleeding. Soon after that, the rain stopped. I remained wide awake the rest of the night. Even now, I often think about this incident. The doctor came back the following morning, with an oil paper umbrella under his arm, looking depressed - the patient had died. I told him I would like to stay on, probably for another couple of days. He agreed. At noon that day, the old rags-and-malt-sugar man picked up his bamboo baskets and said goodbye to me.

By now, the sun was higher in the sky, lighting up the room. I saw a few village women picking cotton on the far side ofthe field. " I asked. " "I don't know. Even if they had them, they must have been buried GREEN YELLOW 39 with my father," she said. "Maybe my father knew, but he died so early. No one expected it. If he were still alive, he would be over eighty. I can never forget his face. In those years I often went to a market that was quite far from here to sell flowers-chrysanthemums in autumn and cape jasmines in spring.

In the very dim light I saw that one of his toes had been scratched by something sharp like a piece ofglass or nail; it was bleeding. Soon after that, the rain stopped. I remained wide awake the rest of the night. Even now, I often think about this incident. The doctor came back the following morning, with an oil paper umbrella under his arm, looking depressed - the patient had died. I told him I would like to stay on, probably for another couple of days. He agreed. At noon that day, the old rags-and-malt-sugar man picked up his bamboo baskets and said goodbye to me.

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