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Excerpt from Celtic Stories I offer my gratitude to Lady Gregory, Mrs. A. W. Hutton, Dr. P.W. Joyce and Eugene O'Curry's publishers, Messrs. Williams & Norgate, for their permission to use the following books: - Cuchulain of Muirthemne, by Augusta Gregory. (Murray.) The Tain, by Mary Hutton. (Maunsel & Co.) Old Celtic Romances, by P. W. Joyce. (Longmans, Green & Co.) Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish, by Eugene O'Curry. (Williams & Norgate.) Dr. Joyce has allowed me to make an adaptation of his 'Fairy Palace of the Quicken Trees', which I have called 'The Palace of the Mountain Ash Trees'. 'The Land of Youth' is based chiefly on Professor O'Looney's rendering of a poem on Oisin in Tir-nan-oge ('Transactions of the Ossianic Society'). I have also had very great pleasure, and not a little help, in writing these Celtic tales, from reading Dr. Kuno Meyer's Ancient Irish Poetry (Constable). My debt to Lady Charlotte Guest's Mabinogion is as plain as it is huge. But those who read this book will not have read hers, while many if not all who have read mine will very soon afterward read hers: so that if I am an insolvent debtor at least I am no thief. The spelling of some of the chief names in these stories has been changed so that English children may at once be able to pronounce them, as Uspathadden Penkower for Yspaddaden Pencawr. I hope this will give no trouble to bilingual Welsh children. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.