The rock of Arranmore, a dramatic poem

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Page 140 - Out of every corner of the woods and glynnes they came creeping forth upon their hands, for their legs could not bear them ; they looked like anatomies of death, they spake like ghosts crying out of their graves...
Page 140 - ... after, insomuch as the very carcasses they spared not to scrape out of their graves ; and, if they found a plot of water-cresses or shamrocks, there they flocked as to a feast for the time, yet not able long to continue therewithal ; that in short space there were none almost left, and a most populous and plentiful country suddenly left void of man and beast ; yet sure in all that war, there perished not many by the sword, but all by the extremity of famine, which they themselves had wrought.
Page 140 - Munster; for notwithstanding that the same was a most rich and plentiful country, full of corn and cattle, that you would have thought they would have been able to stand long, yet ere one year and a half they were brought to such wretchedness, as that any stony heart would have rued the same. Out of every corner of the woods and glens they came creeping forth upon their hands, for their legs could not bear them; they looked like anatomies...
Page 144 - European nations, travelling through the most distant lands, both with a view to improve and to communicate their knowledge, is a fact with which I have been long acquainted ; as we see them in the most authentic records of antiquity discharging, with the highest reputation and applause, the function of doctor in France, Germany, and Italy, both during this and the following century.
Page 141 - Alva's bloody sword never touched the young, defenceless, or those whose sex even dogs can recognize and respect. " Sir Peter Carew has been seen murdering women and children, and babies that had scarcely left the breast...
Page 97 - O'Nial was surprised with an arrest, together with his brother and wife, by the earl's order ." His friends were put to the sword before his face ; nor were the women and children spared : he was himself, with his brother and wife, sent to Dublin, where they were cut in quarters.
Page 140 - The end will I assure me be very short and much sooner than can be, in so great a trouble, as it seemeth, hoped for, although there should none of them fall by the sword nor be slain by the soldier : yet thus being kept from manurance and their cattle from running abroad, by this hard restraint they would quickly consume themselves, and devour one another.
Page 141 - Gilbert's method of treatment has this disadvantage, that it must be carried out to the last extremity, or it ought not to be tried at all. The dead do not come back ; and if the mothers and babies are slaughtered with the men, the race gives no further trouble.
Page 141 - The English nation was shuddering over the atrocities of the Duke of Alva. The children in the nurseries -were being inflamed to patriotic rage and madness by tales of Spanish tyranny. Yet Alva's bloody sword never touched the young, the defenceless, or those whose sex even dogs can recognise and respect.
Page 52 - Mac Goeghegan, ch. LI.; see Cox, Hist. Ire., Eeign Charles II., p. 8. 14. Carman (Wexforde): "Every step of Cromwell was marked by the most savage ferocity; two hundred ladies of Wexford, who sought with tears, and upon their knees, to propitiate the tyrant's rage, were massacred at the foot of the cross in the public square." Mac Goeghegan, ch. LI. "The Ancient Fair of Carmen. 'Listen, 0 Lagenians of the monuments, ye truth-upholding hosts, until you get from me, from every source, the pleasant...

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