An Historical Account of the Macdonnells of Antrim: Including Notices of Some Other Septs, Irish and Scottish

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Archer, 1873 - Antrim (Northern Ireland : County) - 510 pages
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Page 183 - The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things ; There is no armour against fate ; Death lays his icy hand on kings : Sceptre and crown Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
Page 60 - Boillie. i. 212. but such was the wisdom and authority of that old, little, crooked soldier, that all, with an incredible submission from the beginning to the end, gave over themselves to be guided by him as if he had been great Solyman.
Page 214 - WOMAN of the Piercing Wail, Who mournest o'er yon mound of clay With sigh and groan, Would God thou wert among the Gael ! Thou would'st not then from day to day Weep thus alone. 'Twere long before, around a grave In green...
Page 288 - Connaught, that was separated from the rest by a long and a large river, and which by the plague and many massacres remained almost desolate. Into this space and circuit of land they required all the Irish...
Page 33 - Not many years after, Buchanan undertook the same work ; and if his accuracy and impartiality had been, in any degree, equal to the elegance of his taste, and to the purity and vigour of his style, his history might be placed on a level with the most admired compositions of the ancients. But, instead of rejecting the improbable tales of chronicle writers, he was at the utmost pains to adorn them ; and hath clothed, with all the beauties and graces of fiction, those legends, which formerly had only...
Page 59 - Some time before the rebellion broke out," says Mr. Carte, * it was confidently reported, that sir John Clothworthy, who well knew the designs of the faction that governed the house of commons in England, had declared there in a speech, that the conversion of the papists in Ireland, was only to be effected by the bible in one hand and the sword in the ntber; and Mr. Pym gave out, that they would not leave a priest in Ireland.
Page 185 - Surloyboy himself, he continued, " stood upon the mainland of the Glynnes and saw the " taking of the island, and was likely to have run mad for sorrow, •" tearing and tormenting himself, and saying that he there lost all
Page 212 - ... whereupon the earl drew his sword, and swore a great oath that he would kill her in the place, if she would not pass on with him, and put on a more cheerful countenance withal.
Page 302 - Honour, and Estate : as also the power and Privilege of Parliament, the Lawful Rights and Liberties of the Subjects ; and every Person that maketh this Protestation in whatsoever he shall do in the lawful pursuance of the same.
Page 96 - could have supported the army under this immense deprivation but the presence of Montrose, whose safety brought gladness and revived their drooping spirits. Yet Montrose himself could not restrain his grief, but mourned bitterly as if for his dearest and only friend. Grievously he complained that one who was the ornament of the Scotish nobility, and the boldest asserter of the royal authority in the north, his best and bosom friend, should be thus cut off in the flower of his age.

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