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 100 - He longed to find himself at the head of the confederate army with so strong a reinforcement. In this anxiety he offered the Irish catholics the free exercise of their religion ; half the churches of the kingdom ; half the employments, civil and military too, if they pleased, and even the moiety of their ancient properties.
Page v - MORGAN'S O'BRIENS AND O'FLAHERTYS. The O'Briens and O'FIahertys, a National Tale. By Lady Morgan. In four vols. London, Colburn, post 8vo. "!N again presenting an Irish novel," says Lady Morgan, "to the public, 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,...
Page vii - The epoch she has now chosen for illustration, has, in the present state of exhausted combinations, one great recommendation to the novelist — it is untouched. It has also a deep interest in an historical point of view — it embraces events which prepared the Rebellion, and accomplished the Union. The noble Author of
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 68 - ... 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 in the party he hates, he enjoys himself only in the intimate familiarity of the lowly and oppressed. Secretly attached to the national party, without one popular feeling, or one constitutional idea, he is ready to restore, but unwilling to reform. With thoughts ever restrospective to the glories of "ancient ould Ireland...
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 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 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...

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