Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish History: Delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland, During the Sessions of 1855 and 1856

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William A. Hinch, 1878 - Ireland - 722 pages
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Page 154 - Petrie, these huge tomes could not have been written by fools or for any foolish purpose. I never knew anything about them before, and I had no right to have undertaken the History of Ireland...
Page 224 - Irish poem, assigning the characteristics for which different nations are celebrated : — For acuteness and valour, the Greeks, For excessive pride, the Romans, For dulness, the creeping Saxons; For beauty and amorousness, the Gaedhils.
Page 610 - But if there, by him and his wise men, a cause of this nature cannot easily be made up, we have decreed it shall be sent to the See Apostolic — that is, to the chair of the Apostle Peter...
Page 38 - A red and white cloak flutters about him ; a golden brooch in that cloak, at his breast ; a shirt of white, kingly linen, with gold embroidery at his skin ; a white shield, with gold fastenings at his shoulder ; a gold-hilted long sword at his left side ; a long, sharp, dark green spear, together with a short, sharp spear, with a rich band and carved silver rivets in his hand.
Page 24 - ... of love, and of social life in general, are portrayed, often with considerable power of description and great brilliancy of language: and there are besides several sacred tracts and poems, amongst the most remarkable of which is the Liber Hymnorum, believed to be more than a thousand years old. The Trinity College collection is also rich in Lives of Irish Saints, and in ancient forms of prayer ; and it contains, in addition to all these, many curious treatises on medicine, beautifully written...
Page 84 - Erne, and parson of Inis-Caein in Lough Erne, and the representative of a bishop for fifteen years before his death. He was a precious stone, a bright gem, a luminous star, a treasury of wisdom, and a fruitful branch of the canon, and a fountain of charity, meekness, and mildness ; a dove in parity of heart, and a turtle in chastity...
Page 25 - ... range of subjects in ancient mythology, poetry, and history, and the classical literature of the Greeks and Romans, as well as many copious illustrations of the most remarkable events of the middle ages. So that any one well read in the comparatively few existing fragments of our Gaedhlic literature, and whose education had been confined solely to this source, would find that there were but very few, indeed, of the great events in the history of the world, the knowledge of which is usually attained...
Page 153 - Irish nation, though they are robbed of many of their legends by this authentic publication, are yet by it enabled to boast that they possess genuine history several centuries more ancient than any other European nation possesses in its present spoken language : they have exchanged their legendary antiquity for historical fame.
Page 647 - DEUS, in Nomine tuo salvum me fac : et in virtute tua judica me. Deus, exaudi orationem meam : auribus percipe verba oris mei. Quoniam alieni insurrexerunt adversum me, et fortes quaesierunt animam meam: et non proposuerunt Deum ante conspectum suum.
Page 26 - Library in Edinburgh contains a few important volumes, some of which are shortly described in the Highland Society's Report on MacPherson's Poems of Oisin, published in 1794. And passing over to the Continent, in the National or Imperial Library of Paris (which, however, has not yet been thoroughly examined) there will be found a few Gaedhlic volumes; and in Belgium (between which and Ireland such intimate relations existed In past times) — and particularly in the Burgundian Library at Brussels...

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