Lights and shadows of Irish life (Google eBook)

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Page 282 - Beauteous in a wilderness, Who, praying always, prays in sleep. And, if she move unquietly, Perchance, 'tis but the blood so free Comes back and tingles in her feet. No doubt, she hath a vision sweet. What if her guardian spirit 'twere, What if she knew her mother near? But this she knows, in joys and woes, That saints will aid if men will call: For the blue sky bends over all!
Page 65 - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on. Four corners to my bed, Four angels round my head; One to watch and one to pray And two to bear my soul away.
Page 143 - Out upon Time ! it will leave no more Of the things to come than the things before ! Out upon Time ! who for ever will leave But enough of the past for the future to grieve O'er that which hath been, and o'er that which must be : What we have seen, our sons shall see ; Remnants of things that have pass'd away, Fragments of stone, rear'd by creatures of clay...
Page 281 - But neither the one nor the other had anything to do with my poor cottar and his wife, for it was many years since they had visited their estates. Had it been otherwise, Timothy and Moyna must have thought more wisely, and acted more discreetly. Timothy Brady differed in nothing from the generality of his countrymen, except that he was "better lamed," for he could read and write, and, when a lad, was in great esteem as a " mass server," and noted as being " remarkable handsome at the altar.
Page 149 - ... his grandsire. [There are persons now living who remember well the excitement produced in the county in which it occurred by the appalling event that has formed the ground-work of this story. It was related to me by a clergyman who, under the name of
Page 159 - To one accustomed only to the well-bred griefs of modern society, the earnest and gushing sympathy with which an Irish girl enters into the joys, griefs, hopes, and fears of those she loves, presents quite a new and delightful reading of human nature it is most beautiful and eloquent in its character ! She loses all consideration of self: she weeps she laughs because those she loves weep or laugh. She forgets that she is a separate creation, and feels as if created for her friends ...
Page 180 - Can't I go myself, and you stay here ?" she continued. No ; Matthew would not do that. What, let her go alone, as if no one cared for her, to meet her young and handsome landlord ! He didn't care about the lease not he but, to suffer her to go alone ! If she thought it would make her mind easy, his brother Brien, the stonemason, should go to work at the New Pier " forenent" the house, and he would be a safeguard. That was a pleasant proposal ; and in her eager desire to obtain a promise...
Page 29 - tell me,' says he, ' how near the edge of a precipice would you undertake to drive my carriage ?' So the boy considered, and he says, says he,
Page 339 - ... approaching the spot, found an old man extended on the ground, whose audible sobs proclaimed the severest affliction. Mr. S inquired the cause, and was answered " Forgive me, sir ; my grief is idle, but to mourn is a relief to the desolate heart and humbled spirit. I am a...
Page 323 - Jeffreys, who purchased or obtained this estate from the crown, and in whose family it still continues. Blarney Castle was built about the middle of the fifteenth century, by Cormac Mac Carty, or Carthy, surnamed Laider, or the Strong. He was descended from the Kings of Cork, and was esteemed so powerful a chieftain that the English settlers in his part of Munster paid him an annual tribute of forty pounds to protect them from the attacks and insults of the Irish. To him is also ascribed the building...

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