Is buaine port ná glór na-éan,
Is buaine focal ná toice an tsaoil.
A tune is more enduring than the song of birds,
and a tale (or word) is more enduring than the wealth of the world.
(Irish proverb, in Robin Gwyndaf, “A Welsh Lake Legends and the Famous Physicians of Myddfai”, Bealoideas, vol. 60-61, 1992-1993, p. 245)
Illustration inspired by a Japanese drawing