The commendation of Roger Power, and the victorie of Iohn de Courcie, and of the prophesies of Celodine.
IN this fight there was manie a woorthie man, which valiantlie acquited himselfe;
but if it might be said without offense, there was no one man who did more
valiant acts than (1) Roger le Power, who albeit he were but a yoong man and
beardlesse, yet he shewed himselfe a lustie, valiant, & couragious gentleman;
& who grew into such good credit, that afterwards he had the gouernment of the
countrie about Leighlin, as also in Ossorie. This fight was verie long & doubtfutll,
each partie manfullie defending themselues, and none yeelding the one to the other.
But as the common prouerbe is, be the daie neuer so long, yet at the length it
ringeth at euensong; so likewise this fierce, long, and cruell fight had his end, and
the victorie fell to Iohn de Courcie, and a great multitude of the enimies were
slaine in the field, as also vpon the woars of the seas as they were fléeing and running
awaie. Then was fulfilled the old prophesie of Celodine the Irish prophet,
A prophesie of Celodine fulfilled.
who forespeaking of this battell said, that there should be such a great bloudshed
therein of the Irish people, that the enimies perceiuing them should wade vp to the
knees in bloud. Which thing came so to passe; for the Englishmen perceiuing
them and killing them vpon the woars, the same were so soft, that with the weight
of their bodies they sunke downe vp to the hard knées or twisels, and so the bloud
fléeting and lieng vpon the woars, they were said to be therein vp to the knées.
The same man also (as is said) did write that a poore stranger, and one come out
from other countries, should with a small power come to the citie of Downe, and
against the will of the gouernor thereof should take the same. Manie other things
also he wrote of sundrie battels to be waged, and of the euents thereof; which
were all fulfilled in Iohn de Courcie. This booke the said Iohn had, and he so
esteemed the same, that still he had it about him, and in his hands; and did manie
times, yea and for the most part direct his dooings by the same. It was also written
in the same booke, that a yoong man with force and armes should breake and
enter in through the wals of Waterford, and conquer the same with the great
slaughter of the townsmen: moreouer, that the same man should come to Wexford,
& from thense to Dublin, where he should enter in without anie great resistance;
& all these things (as is apparant) were fulfilled in earle Richard. Likewise
he wrote in the same booke, that the citie of Limerike should be twise left and
forsaken by the Englishmen: but the third time it should be kept, which thing
came so to passe. For first (as is before written) Reimond had it and gaue it ouer:
the second was, when the king had giuen the same to Philip de Bruse, for he being
brought thither ly Fitzstephans, and Miles Cogan, to take and enter into the same,
and being come to the riuer side of Shenin for the same purpose, was there vtterlie
discoraged to procéed anie further, and so without anie thing doone, leaueth the
same as he found it, and came backe againe; as hereafter in his place it shall
be shewed. And thus (according to this vaticine) twise it was left, but the third
time it shall be kept.
But this is to be implied and meant of Hamon de Valognies the iusticiarie there
appointed; in whose time the said citie being vnder lis gouernment, was by treacherie
and treason destroied, and so forsaken and left; but afterwards recouered
by Meilerius: euer since which time it hath remained and béene kept in the possession
of the Englishmen. Well then to the battels of Iohn de Courcie, first he
had the victorie in two notable battels or fights at Dublin; the one in Februarie,
and the other in Iulie: in which he hauing but a small companie of men, fought
against fifteene hundred of his enimies, of whome he slue and ouerthrew a great
number, and had the victorie. The third was at Ferlie about the taking of a preie,
where by reason of the streict & narrow passes, he was too much and euerie eftsoones
ouerset by the enimies, and so had the wAoorse; some of his men being killed, and
some scattered and dispersed abroad in the woods and fields, so that he had scant
eleuen persons left with him. And notwithstanding that he had thus lost his men
and horsses, yet was he of such a valiant mind and courage, tlat with those few
which were left, he went through his enimies, and in spite of them all trauelled
two daies and two nights on foot in their armour without meat or drinke thirtie long
miles, vntill he was past danger, & so came safelie vnto his owne castell againe.
The fourth battell was at Vriell, where manie of his men were killed and manie fled.
The fift was at the bridge of Yuor, after and vpon his comming from out of England,
and yet therein he had the victorie and conquest. So in three battels he
had the victorie, but in two he receiued both the losse and hurt; and yet in them
did more annoie the enimie, than was hurted himselfe.
(1) The race & issue of the Powers hath euer since and yet dooth remaine in
Ireland, who nothing degenerating from this their ancestor, haue for their part
shewed themselues valiant and men of good seruice, for which they haue béene
honorablie rewarded, and are now barons and peeres of the realme. Their habitation
and dwelling is in the prouince or countie of Waterford, and not far from
the citie of Waterford.