Essays and stories by Lady Wilde (Speranza) (Google eBook)

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C. T. Brainard, 1909 - English literature
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Page 58 - LET Erin remember the days of old, Ere her faithless sons betrayed her ; When Malachi wore the collar of gold Which he won from her proud invader ; When her kings with standard of green unfurled Led the Red-Branch Knights to danger, Ere the emerald gem of the western world Was set in the crown of a stranger.
Page 211 - What woman needs is not as a woman to act or rule, but as a nature to grow, as an intellect to discern, as a soul to live freely, and unimpeded to unfold such powers as were given her when we left our common home.
Page 124 - Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.
Page 193 - he said, and pointed toward the land, 'This mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon.' In the afternoon they came unto a land In which it seemed always afternoon. All round the coast the languid air did swoon, Breathing like one that hath a weary dream. Full-faced above the valley stood the moon ; And like a downward smoke, the slender stream Along the cliff to fall and pause and fall did seem. A land of streams ! some, like a downward smoke...
Page 67 - THE CRY OF THE CHILDREN Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers, Ere the sorrow comes with years? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears. The young lambs are bleating in the meadows, The young birds are chirping in the nest, The young fawns are playing with the shadows, The young flowers are blowing toward the west But the young, young children, O my brothers, They are weeping bitterly ! They are weeping in the playtime of the others, In...
Page 62 - WHERE Foyle his swelling waters Rolls northward to the main, Here, Queen of Erin's daughters, Fair Derry fixed her reign : A holy temple crowned her, And commerce graced her street, A rampart wall was round her, The river at her feet ; And here she sate alone, boys, And, looking from the hill, Vow'd the maiden on her throne, boys Would be a maiden still.
Page 137 - Tis a prime part of happiness, to know How much unhappiness must prove our lot ; A part which few possess ! I'll pay life's tax, Without one rebel murmur, from this hour, Nor think it misery to be a man ; Who thinks it is, shall never be a god. Some ills we wish for, when we wish to live. 420 What spoke proud Passion ?
Page 67 - The Cry of the Children Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers. Ere the sorrow comes with years? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears. The young lambs are bleating in the meadows. The young birds are chirping in the nest, The young fawns are playing with the shadows, The young flowers are blowing towards the west But the young, young children, O my brothers. They are weeping bitterly! They are weeping in the playtime of the others,...
Page 61 - To knit its force in a kingly host, and rule it with kingly pride, And still in the girt of its guardian swords over victor fields to ride; And when age was past, And when death came fast, To look with a softened eye On a happy race Who had loved his face, And to die as a king should die. Oh! to have lived dear Owen's life to live for a solemn end, To strive for the ruling strength and skill God's saints to the Chosen send ; And to come at length with that holy strength, the bondage of fraud...
Page 67 - They sink in man's despair, without its calm; Are slaves, without the liberty in Christdom, Are martyrs, by the pang without the palm: Are worn as if with age, yet unretrievingly The harvest of its memories cannot reap, Are orphans of the earthly love and heavenly.

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