The O'Briens and the O'Flahertys: A National Tale, Volume 1

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Page vi - God, amongst the children of men,' may not I be permitted, under the influence of merely human sympathies, to interest myself for human wrongs ; to preach in my way on the ' evil that hath come upon my people,' and to ' fight with gentle words, till time brings friends/ in that cause, which made Esther eloquent, and Judith brave ? For love of country is of no sex. It was by female patriotism that the Jews attacked their tyrants...
Page 136 - The warrior, Liberty, with bending sails, Helm'd his bold course to fair Hibernia's vales ; Firm as he steps along the shouting lands, Lo ! Truth and Virtue range their radiant bands ; Sad Superstition wails her empire torn, Art plies his oar and Commerce pours her horn.
Page 62 - These and such like uses are declared to be superstitious, to which the King by force of several Statutes, and as head of the Church and State, and entrusted by the Common Law to see that nothing is done in maintenance or propagation of a false religion, is entitled, so as to direct and appoint all such uses to such as are truly charitable.
Page 146 - Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time. What Irishman does not feel proud that he has lived in the days of GRATTAN? who has not turned to him for comfort, from the false friends and open enemies of Ireland? who did not remember him in the days of its burnings and wastings and murders?
Page 26 - ... that the authors of these riots consisted indiscriminately of persons of different persuasions, and that no marks of disaffection to his majesty's person or government appeared in any of these people.
Page 70 - The descendant of the supreme monarchs of Ireland, was on the contrary chained by a concatenation of evils, to the stake of disqualifying persecution ; dragging his historical name through the mire of sordid poverty and debasing dependence, and predestined before his birth to inevitable degradation. With...
Page 166 - ... this crisis, the consequences of which so deeply influence his subsequent life, appears at the head of a volunteer corps, called the ' Irish Brigade,' in the Phoenix park, on the day of a review. The account of the scene must be taken from the work itself: — ' Preceded by a fine band, and beaded by a youth whom nature in her partiality had called out of the common roll of men...
Page 68 - ... still lives little Terneen who hid shuddering behind rocks while the militia tramped the hills searching for Mass caves. Abbe Flaherty, a shrewd judge of men, suspects that O'Brien still thinks of himself as a Catholic. Always ready to risk his life upon a point of personal or national honor . . . yet he shrinks from legal infliction, however remotely threatened, and is ready to prostrate his opinion to any constituted authority, from a king to a constable. Courting the notice of the great, even...
Page vi - ... a wise one. To live in Ireland and to write for it, is to live and write poignard sur gorge ; for there is no country where it is less possible to be useful with impunity, or where the penalty on patriotism is levied with a more tyrannous exaction. Called, however, to the ground by the sarcasms of enemies, and by the counsels of friends, I venture forth once more, with something less perhaps of intrepidity, than when I
Page v - I hope I am not doing a foolish thing : and yet I feel, that as far as my own interests are concerned, I am not doing a wise one. To live in Ireland and to write for it, is to live and write poignard sur gorge ; for there is no country where it is less possible to be useful with impunity, or where the penalty on patriotism is levied with a more tyrannous exaction.

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