Lights and Shadows of Irish Life, Band 1


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Seite 61 - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Bless the bed that I lie on. Four corners to my bed, Four angels round my head; One to watch and one to pray And two to bear my soul away.
Seite 333 - ... approaching the spot, found an old man extended on the ground, whose audible sobs proclaimed the severest affliction. Mr. S inquired the cause, and was answered — " Forgive me, sir ; my grief is idle, but to mourn is a relief to the desolate heart and humbled spirit. I am a...
Seite 317 - Blarney Castle was built about the middle of the fifteenth century, by Cormac Mac Carty, or Carthy, surnamed Laider, or the Strong. He was descended from the Kings of Cork, and was esteemed so powerful a chieftain that the English settlers in his part of Munster paid him an annual tribute of forty pounds to protect them from the attacks and insultsof the Irish.
Seite 334 - ... A stone in the highest part of the castle wall is pointed out to visitors, which is supposed to give to whoever kisses it the peculiar privilege of deviating from veracity with unblushing countenance, whenever it may be convenient — hence the well-known phrase of " Blarney." The grounds attached to the castle, as I before observed, though so little attended to, are still beautiful. Walks, which a few years since were neat and trim, are now so overrun with brambles and wild flowers as to be...
Seite 133 - I am — than thousands; it's nothing but a kish, but my eldest boy — he, thank God, that's not to the fore to see his father's poverty this day — he slept in it many a long night, when the eyes of his little sister had not...
Seite 334 - Forgive me, sir ; my grief is idle, but to mourn is a relief to the desolate heart and humbled spirit. I am a Mac Carty, once the possessor of that castle, now in ruins, and of this ground ; — this tree was planted by my own hands, and I have returned to water its roots with my tears. Tomorrow I sail for Spain, where I have long been an exile and an outlaw since the Revolution. I am an old man, and to-night, probably for the last time, bid farewell to the place of my birth and the home of my forefathers.
Seite 322 - O'Learies, O'Mahonies, and O'Driscolls of Carbery. He was also possessed of many castles, particularly those of Kilcrea, Macroom and Blarney, which latter is described, at that time, as being one of the strongest in the province of Munster ; " for it is four piles joined in one, seated upon a main rock, so as it is free from mining, the wall eighteen feet thick, and flanked at each corner to the best advantage...
Seite 328 - ... exact measure of Our Lady's foot, and written in it, — ' Whoever wears this, and repeats certain prayers, shall be free from gun-shot, sword, and pike/ respectively, as each desired. Like the battle of Naesby, from a fair day it rained hard during the fight, with thunder and lightning, and afterwards cleared up again." Lord Broghill tells us, that his " boldest horse, being twice wounded, became so fearful, that he was turned to the coach.

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