Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Volume 4 (Google eBook)

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s.n., 1898 - Archaeology
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Page 91 - In the science of history, therefore, old " means not old in chronology, but in structure : that is most archaic which lies nearest to the beginning of human progress considered as a development, and that is most modern which is farthest removed from that beginning.
Page 157 - Captain and you are also to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as you shall from time to time receive from...
Page 94 - On the day of bringing home, the bridegroom and his friends ride out and meet the bride and her friends at the place of meeting. " Having come near to each other, the custom was of old to cast short darts at the company that attended the bride, but at such distance that seldom any hurt ensued ; yet it is not out of the memory of man that the Lord of Howth, on such an occasion, lost an eye.
Page 174 - Know ye, therefore, that. We, of Our special grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, by and with the advice and consent of Our right trusty and right...
Page 40 - Patrick, he found the people worshipping pillars, some of which he caused to be overthrown, but the majority appear to have been reconsecrated to the new worship. Traces of the survival of the worship of standing-stones are extremely interesting. There are many examples from ancient Greece ; similar instances occur in almost all early religions, and they are still preserved in folk-lore. The Kaffirs, a tribe of the Hindu Kush, say of the stones they worship : " This stands for God ; but we know not...
Page 94 - Another marriage song was sung in Irish frequently, each verse ending with the lines "There is sweet enchanting music, and the golden harps are ringing; And twelve comely maidens deck the bride-bed for the bride." A beautiful new dress was presented to the bride by her husband at the marriage feast; at which also the father paid down her dowry before the assembled guests; and all the place round the house was lit by torches when night came on, and the song and the dance continued till daylight,...
Page 41 - ... his feet To this rocky, wild retreat ; And when morning met his view, Her mild glances met it too. Ah, your Saints have cruel hearts ! Sternly from his bed he starts, And with rude, repulsive shock, Hurls her from the beetling rock. Glendalough, thy gloomy wave Soon was gentle Kathleen's grave ! Soon the saint (yet ah ! too late,) Felt her love, and mourn'd her fate. When he said, " Heav'n rest her soul ! Round the Lake light music stole ; And her ghost was seen to glide, Smiling o'er the fatal...
Page 38 - And this was the first butterfly that was ever seen in Ireland ; and now all men know that the butterflies are the souls of the dead waiting for the moment when they may enter purgatory, and so pass through torture to purification and peace.
Page 38 - Some remains of pagan superstition still exist, as also the belief in fairies and in lucky and unlucky days. A girl chasing a butterfly was chid by her companions saying, ' That may be the soul of your grandfather.' Upon inquiry it was found that a butterfly hovering near a corpse was regarded as a sign of its everlasting happiness.
Page 175 - Ireland, within the space of six calendar months next ensuing the date of these presents. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent. Witness our aforesaid Lieutenant General and General Governor of Ireland, at Dublin, the third day of August, in the first year of our reign.

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