The Ochre Book

Soaked in earth-fruit blood

no tear of shame shed

Shielded from spears of spite

held fast in…



...and so five turned four to five again, then with I was six, and in the midst of revelry rumors of mischief – what foulness afoot? The forsaken six held council among the celebations of common men. Thus a sword, shade, searing light, soft-pad, silence and singer set forth to investigate1.

fn1.The last is a curious sentence but no doubt Ovidius is referring to the party he had fallen in with, substituting brief adjetives for names. This is not uncommon among those bards who made extensive uses of kennings. Such ways were useful to form new mental associations and gave flexibility to the language.

The Ochre Book

Discovering Onara Hlynrian