Early Christian Architecture in Ireland

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G. Bell and sons, 1878 - Architecture - 160 pages
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Page 31 - Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us ; and to the hills, Cover us.
Page 87 - ... ecclesiastical towers, which, according to the custom of the country, are slender and lofty, and moreover round ; and they frequently point them out to strangers travelling through these parts, who wonder what could have caused such a catastrophe.
Page 21 - And face me to the rising sun. 'For all the kings who lie in Brugh Put trust in gods of wood and stone; And 'twas at Ross that first I knew One, Unseen, who is God alone.
Page 32 - ... astonishing to conceive the courage and skill of the builders of this fine wall, placed as it is on the very edge of the precipice, at a vast height above the sea, with no possible standing ground outside the wall from which the builders could have worked ; yet the face is as perfect as that of Staigue Fort, the interstices of the greater stones filled in with smaller ones, all fitted as compactly and with as marvellous firmness and skill.
Page 15 - Christian era) of the early buildiug of such strongholds in the Islands of Aran, is the story of the wanderings and final destruction of a hunted and persecuted race, whose fate would seem to have been mournful and strange as the ruined fortresses of the lost tribe which now stand before us.
Page 127 - transcribe any one page of this book has the perfection " of execution and rich harmony of colour which belongs "to this wonderful book. It is no exaggeration to say " that, as with the microscopic works of nature, the stronger " the magnifying power brought to bear upon it, the more " is this perfection seen. No single false interlacement or " uneven curve in the spirals, no faint trace of a trembling " hand or wandering thought can be detected.
Page 92 - ... of transition to Romanesque there was no corresponding change in the ecclesiastical system of the country. When the group of humble dwellings which formed the monasteries and schools of Ireland is seen at the foot of the lofty tower whose masonry rarely seems to correspond in date with the buildings that surround it, and which does not, as elsewhere, seem a component and accessory part of the whole pile that formed the feudal abbey, we cannot but feel that some new condition in the history of...
Page 89 - O mystic Tower, I never gaze on thee — Altho' since childhood's scarce remember'd spring Thou wert to me a most familiar thing — Without an awe, and not from wonder free ; Wild fancies, too, oft urge themselves on me, Working as though they had the power to fling The veil aside, year after year doth bring More closely round thee, thing of mystery ! Yea, thou dost wake within me such a sense As few things earthly can, — thy airy brow Hath felt the breeze for centuries...
Page 99 - When the nobles of Ireland saw that Turgesius had brought confusion upon their country, and that he was assuming supreme authority over themselves, and reducing them to thraldom and vassalage, they became inspired with a fortitude of mind, and a loftiness of spirit, and a hardihood and firmness of purpose, that urged them to work in right earnest, and to toil zealously in battle against him and his murdering hordes.
Page 51 - Corn-fields and, in the neighborhood of Christian populations as at Bethlehem, vineyards creep along the ancient terraces. In the spring, the hills and valleys are covered with thin grass and the aromatic shrubs which clothe more or less almost the whole of Syria and Arabia. But they also...

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