The Rock of Arranmore: A Narrative Dramatic Poem in Three Scenes with Introduction

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M.H. Gill & son, 1902 - American poetry - 139 pages

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Page 140 - ... after, insomuch as the very carcasses they spared not to scrape out of their graves ; and if they found a plot of watercresses or shamrocks, there they flocked as to a feast for the time, yet not able long to continue there withal; that in short space there were none almost left, and a most populous and plentiful country suddenly left void of man and beast...
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 should 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 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 - 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 - ... 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 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 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 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.

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