A Collection of Poems Written on Different Occasions by the Clare Bards in Honor of the MacDonnells of Kilkee and Killone, in the County of Clare

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Brian O'Looney
O'Daly, 1863 - English poetry - 67 pages
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Page 5 - evil was the state of Ireland : fruitless her corn, for there used to be only one grain on the stalk ; fruitless her rivers ; milkless her cattle ; plentiless her fruit, for there used to be but one acorn on the stalk
Page 3 - Alas! these are woes from which nought can defend me, My bosom is loaded with sorrow and care, Since I lost the great men who were prompt to befriend me, The heroes, the princes of Cashel and Clare! But glory and honour to thee! — thou hast wedded A chieftain from Antrim, of chivalrous worth, Of the great Colla-Uais1 the Swift — they who headed So proudly the conquering tribes of the North!
Page 8 - Blackwater is marked as flowing through it, the fort of Augher and the village of Ballygawley as situate within it, the town of Clogher on its western, and the church of Errigal-Keeroge on its northern boundary.
Page 29 - A noble race was that which came before thee ; A noble mother of that proud stock bore thee. A towering tree, far spreading, did'st thou grow ; Thy roots are now uptorn, thy stem laid low.
Page 35 - Carbry, ever first to wield The sword of triumph on the battle field ; And in despite the Finnian heroes boast, Hurl death and ruin on their flying host.
Page 61 - Matbghamhna (Mac Mahon), became chiefs of this territory (which in latter ages comprised only the baronies of Clonderalaw and Moyarta), and reduced the race of Cairbre Mor, to comparative insignificance.—.Booi of Rights, p.
Page 35 - twas thou whom Beinne slew; "Twas thou, so hard in combat to subdue, A lion thou, impetuous and brave ! The highborn son of Olioll and Meave.
Page 35 - Goll, upon Moylena's plain. Nor should I venture to omit thy name : CORMAC the true, whose lineage was the same; Noble protector of a happy band! Who raised their numbers and increased their land. Nor thine, Oh!
Page 3 - ... swan of bright plumage! O, maiden who bearest The stamp on thy brow of Dalcassia's high race, With mouth of rich pearl-teeth, and features the fairest, And speech of a sweetness for music to trace! O! how shall I praise thee, thou lovely, thou noble! Thou prop of the feeble, thou light of the blind! Thou solace and succour of wretches in trouble, As beauteous in body as bounteous in mind! Alas! these are woes from which nought can defend me...
Page 33 - I, and other three more learned in verse, Thy Father's noble actions to rehearse, And in the grateful task our lives to spend; The lengthen'd task would never have an end.

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