Hard the day when first I brought
Dark Eva in my house to dwell
Black the woman’s heart that wrought
Such a cruel and malevolent spell.
…Lir departed Lake Devra with his company and travelled to the king’s house where he was greeted by Red-Bove’s reproach for not having brought his children with him.
“It was not by me that my children were prevented from coming here,” said Lir, “but by the sorceries of your own Foster-child.”
“But what can you mean,” said the king.
“Eva has transformed my children into four white swans.”
Red-Bove knew from Eva’s countenance that what Lir had told him was true.
“The wicked deed you have committed shall the worse for you,” said the king, and so saying he struck Eva with his own fae-switch and turned her into a Raven.
“This form shall be on you till the end of your days,” said Red-Bove.
Eva opened her wings and flew, with a scream, up and away, into the sky.
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