The Story of an Irish Sept: Their Character & Struggle to Maintain Their Lands in Clare (Google eBook)

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J. M. Dent & Company, 1896 - Clans - 339 pages
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Page 28 - When it raineth it is his pent-house; when it bloweth it is his tent ; when it freezeth it is his tabernacle. In summer he can wear it loose, in winter he can wrap it close ; at all times he can use it ; never heavy, never cumbersome.
Page 233 - Nomos (Law and Custom), King of all' (to borrow the phrase which Herodotus cites from Pindar), exercises plenary power, spiritual as well as temporal, over individual minds ; moulding the emotions as well as the intellect, according to the local type, determining the sentiments, the...
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Page 309 - If, from these last-mentioned records, it be concluded that the parliament of England may bind Ireland, it must also be allowed that the people of Ireland ought to have their representatives in the parliament of England ; and this, I believe, we should be willing enough to embrace; but this is a happiness we can hardly hope for.
Page 261 - ... a person who, though no doubt highly blameable for violating the laws of his country, is frequently incapable of violating those of natural justice, and would have been, in every respect, an excellent citizen, had not the laws of his country made that a crime which nature never meant to be so.
Page 162 - ... to be made an earl unless I may be better and higher than an earl, for I am in blood and power better than the best of them ; and I will give place to none but my cousin of Kildare, for that he is of my house.
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Page 135 - Englishman might oppress, spoil, and kill them without controlment, how was it possible they should be other than outlaws and enemies to the Crown of England ? If the King would not admit them to the condition of subjects, how could they learn to acknowledge and obey him as their Sovereign...
Page 211 - Oh ! once we were illigant people, Though we now live in cabins of mud ; And the land that ye see from the steeple Belonged to us all from the flood. My father was then King of Connaught, My grand-aunt Viceroy of Tralee ; But the Sassenach came, and, signs on it I The devil an acre have we.
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