Liridir fri gainem mara...
Liridir fri gainem mara,
nó fri drithlenna tened
nó fri drúcht i mmatain chétamain
nó fri renna nime
(as numerous * as * sand * of sea
or * as * sparks * of fire
or * as * dew * in * morning * of May Day
or * as * stars * of sky)
As numerous as the sand of the sea
or as the sparks of a fire
or as the dew on a May morning
or as the stars of the sky
This run of similes is found in Aislinge Meic Con Glinne (lines 133-34). What exactly was so numerous in this case were “míla ⁊ dergnatta ic guilbniugud a choss” (lice and fleas nibbling at his leg)!
Topics: Similes, Metaphors & Kennings