Pococke's Tour in Ireland in 1752

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Hodges, Figgis, 1891 - Ireland - 187 pages
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Page 162 - O sacred solitude ! divine retreat ! Choice of the prudent ! envy of the great ! By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade, We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid...
Page 60 - ... spread all over that plain spot and the priest celebrating Mass under the rock, on an altar made of loose stones, and tho' it was half a mile distant, I observed his Pontifical vestment with a black cross on it ; for in all this country for sixty miles west and south as far as Connaught, they celebrate in the open air, in the fields or on the mountains ; the Papists being so few and poor, that they will not be at the expence of a public building.
Page 21 - Belfast, eh. xix. very great advantage. The town of Belfast consists of one long broad Street, and of several lanes in which the inferior people live ; the church seems to be an old tower or Castle, to which they have built so as to make it a greek Cross...
Page 88 - It is the custom for the poor especially the children to come in and sit by the fire of those who are in better circumstances as well as travellers of all kinds, and they give to all, of what is going in their own way.
Page 112 - Kennedye appears in large letters ; in the middle, between the body and the chancel, is a fine tower built on the gable ends.
Page 162 - Sacred Solitude ! Divine retreat ! Choice of the Prudent ! Envy of the Great ! Here from the waves of men, laid safe ashore, We smile to hear the distant billows roar ; Here blest with health, with business unperplext This Life we relish and insure the next.
Page 111 - ... with the view of the high altar entire, and of an altar on each side of the arch of the chancel. To the south is a chapel, with three or four altars in it, and a very...
Page 20 - Island ac the mouth of the Bay is a slate quarry. I had a very pleasant ride near the Bay for ten miles to Belfast in the County of Antrim, the direct road being but eight, and there are several gentlemen's houses very finely situated over the bay. Belfast stands on the west side of the bay, just at the end of it and is a considerable town of trade, especially in the linnen manufacture, in which they are all concern'd, buying the yarn and giving it to be wove, they also send several ships to the...
Page 112 - The cloister is in the usual form, with couplets of pillars, but is particular in having buttresses round it by way of ornament ; there are apartments on three sides of it, — the refectory, the dormitory, and another grand room to the north of the chancel, with a vaulted room under them all ; to the north of the large room is a closet, which leads through a private way to a very strong round tower, the walls of which are near ten feet thick. In the front of the monastery is a building, which seems...
Page 69 - At a small distance from the town, the remains of this monastery may be seen ; the cloister consists of small arches supported by couplets of pillars on a basement. In one part are two narrow passages, one over the other, about four feet wide, ten long, and seven high ; they seem to have been places for depositing valuable effects in times of danger: the upper one is covered with stones laid along...

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