School: Doire Bhaile

Derryvally, Co. Monaghan
S. Mac Uilis
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0939, Page 021

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  1. A judge in Clones Court was rather fond of solving riddles.
    A murderer, before arrest, entered a garden where he saw a horse's skull in the eye socket of which a robin had built a nest which contained six young birds.
    The judge made a bargain with the accused.
    "You give me a riddle, that I can't answer," said he "and I'll let you go free."
    To this the murderer replied,
    "Out I went and in I came,
    Death I saw and life therein,
    Six I caught and seventh got free.
    Riddle me that and hanged I'll be."
    Report says that the murderer was set free.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Folktales index
    AT0851: The Princess who Cannot Solve the Riddle
    Mr William Trotter
    Cavanagh, Co. Cavan