Irish Varieties: Or, Sketches of History and Character, from Ancient and Modern Sources and Original Documents ... to which is Added an Account of the Revels of the Past Merry Monarchs of the Kingdom of Dalkey

W. B. Kelly, 1874 - 446 páginas

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Página 398 - No matter in what language his doom may have been pronounced ; no matter what complexion incompatible with freedom, an Indian or an African sun may have burnt upon him ; no matter in what disastrous battle his liberty may have been cloven down ; no matter with what solemnities he may have been devoted upon the altar of slavery ; the first moment he touches the sacred soil of Britain, the altar and the god sink together in the dust ; his soul walks abroad in her own majesty ; his body swells beyond...
Página 399 - In vain for him the officious wife prepares The fire fair-blazing, and the vestment warm, In vain his little children, peeping out Into the mingling storm, demand their sire, With tears of artless innocence. Alas ! Nor wife, nor children, more shall he behold, Nor friends, nor sacred home.
Página 167 - She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps, And lovers around her are sighing : But coldly she turns from their gaze, and weeps. For her heart in his grave is lying.
Página 354 - Bid harbours open, public ways extend, Bid temples, worthier of the God, ascend, Bid the broad arch the dangerous flood contain, The mole projected break the roaring main, Back to his bounds their subject sea command, And roll obedient rivers through the land. These honours, peace to happy Britain brings ; These are imperial works, and worthy kings.
Página 362 - God that all is not profligacy and corruption in the history of that devoted people — and that the name of Irishman does not always carry with, it the idea of the oppressor or the oppressed — the plunderer or the plundered — the tyrant or the slave! Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
Página 400 - The weakest voice is heard — the shepherd's whistle shoots across the listening darkness of the interminable heath, and gives notice that the wolf is upon his walk ; and the same gloom and stillness that tempt the monster to come abroad, facilitate the communication of the warning to beware. Yes, through that silence the voice shall be heard ; yes, through that silence, the shepherd shall be put upon his guard; yes, through that silence shall the felon savage be chased into the toil.
Página 362 - ... of his astonishing eloquence. He was so born and so gifted that poetry, forensic skill, elegant literature, and all the highest attainments of human genius were within his reach ; but he thought the noblest occupation of a man was to make other men happy and free ; and in that straight line he went on for fifty years, without one side-look, without one yielding thought, without one motive in his heart which he might not have laid open to the view of God and man.
Página 400 - ... has been right in telling you, that if the reprobation of this writer is weak, it is because his genius could not make it stronger; he has been right in telling you that his language has not been braided and festooned as elegantly as it might; that he has not pinched the miserable plaits of his phraseology, nor placed his patches and feathers with that correctness of millinery which became so exalted a person. If you agree with him, gentlemen of the jury; if you think that the man who ventures,...
Página 169 - Desmond — a thousand wild fountains Come down to that lake from their home in the mountains. There grows the wild ash, and a time-stricken willow Looks chidingly down on the mirth of the billow; As, like some gay child, that sad monitor scorning, It lightly laughs back to the laugh of the morning!
Página 183 - Bright is her hue, and Geraldine she hight. Hampton me taught to wish her first for mine ; And Windsor, alas ! doth chase me from her sight.

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