Preface; 1. Introductory - Irish and Icelandic saga; 2. William Morris - the dreamer; 3. The dreamer in contact with Icelandic saga; 4. The Irish movement: i. The interest in the past - Moore, Martyn; ii. The poetry of Yeats; iii. The development of the romantic attitude to the past - Fiona Macleod, Lay Gregory, Synge; 5. The dreamer in contact with Irish saga: i. Yeats; ii. Versions of The Sons of Uisneach. The romantic attitude; iii. James Stephens - the corrective to the romantic attitude; 6. Conclusion; Appendices. Translations of three Irish sagas: Tochmarc Etaine; Aislinge xngusu; Echtra Nerai.