A Memoir on Ireland Native and Saxon

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Page 6 - It was a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance ; and as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment, and degradation of a people, and the debasement, in them, of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.
Page 3 - And no spectacle was more frequent in the ditches of towns, and especially in wasted countries, than to see multitudes of these poor people dead with their mouths all coloured green by eating nettles, docks, and all things they could rend up above ground.
Page 27 - 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 glens 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 80 - These Irish (anciently called anthropophagi, man-eaters) have a tradition among them, that when the Devil showed our Saviour all the kingdoms of the earth, and their glory, that he would not show him Ireland, but reserved it for himself. It is, probably, true; for he hath kept it ever since for his own peculiar...
Page 30 - I have heard some great warriors say that, in all the services which they had seen abroad in foreign countries, they never saw a more comely man than the Irishman, nor that cometh on more bravely in his charge...
Page 15 - Whereby it is manifest that such as had the government of Ireland under the Crown of England did intend to make a perpetual separation and enmity between the English and the Irish, pretending no doubt that the English should in the end root out the Irish...
Page 27 - ... and if they found a plot of watercresses or shamrocks, there they flocked as to a feast for the time...
Page 33 - English families, friands to the reformation, took refuge in Ireland, and there enjoyed their opinions and worship without molestation. " The Irish' Protestants, vexed that they could not prove a single instance of bigotry against the Catholics, in this their hour of trial, invented a tale, as palpably false as it is childish, of an intended persecution, (but a persecution by the English government, not by the IRISH CATHOLICS) and so much does bigotry pervert all We fly the lion's ravenous maw, But...
Page 74 - 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 to retire by such a day, under the penalty of death ; and all who...
Page 25 - Anno 1574. — A solemn peace and concord was made between the Earl of Essex and Felim O'Nial. However, at a feast, wherein the Earl entertained that chieftain, and at the end of their good cheer, O'Nial, with his wife, were seized ; their friends, who attended, were put to the sword before their faces.

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