From here - with the original and modern WelshDinogad's shift is speckled, speckled,
It was made from the pelts of martens.
`Wee! Wee!' Whistling.
We call, they call, the eight in chains.
When your father went out to hunt -
A spear on his shoulder, a club in his hand -
He called on his lively dogs,
`Giff! Gaff! Take, take! Fetch, fetch!'
He killed fish from his coracle
Like the lion killing small animals.
When your father went to the mountains
He would bring back a roebuck, a boar, a stag,
A speckled grouse from the mountain,
And a fish from the Derwennydd falls.
At whatever your father aimed his spear -
Be it a boar, a wild cat, or a fox -
None would escape but that had strong wings.
which# may or may not be entirely accurate. (I would welcome being corrected.)
https://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/people/geraint. ... nogad.html
What struck me was the druidic connotations of the roebuck, boar and stag, grouse and fish and it raised questions around just what is the 'eight in chains'?
# the web site author's translation