The Irish Race in the Past and the Present

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P. F. Collier, 1878 - Ireland - 532 pages

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Page 212 - ... 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 246 - Whoever is acquainted with the state of religion and society in England, during the latter part of the seventeenth and the whole of the eighteenth century, needs not to be told that, among the ruling classes, faith in a revealed religion had ceased to exist.
Page 344 - That the crown of Ireland is an imperial crown inseparably annexed to the crown of Great Britain, on which connection the interests and happiness of both nations essentially depend: but that the kingdom of Ireland is a distinct kingdom, with a parliament of her own— the sole legislature thereof.
Page 344 - Majesty that we humbly conceive that in this right the very essence of our liberties exists ; a right which we, on the part of all the people of Ireland, do claim as their birthright, and which we cannot yield but with our lives.
Page 297 - I must do it justice : it was a complete system, full of coherence and consistency ; well digested and well composed in all its parts. 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 334 - Majesty's happy government will work a greater miracle in this kingdom than ever St. Patrick did ; for St. Patrick did only banish the poisonous worms, but suffered the men full of poison to inhabit the land still ; but his Majesty's blessed genius will banish all those generations of vipers out of it, and make it ere it be long a right fortunate island.
Page 219 - Pope should order him to return to his diocese, he intended only to render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's.
Page 382 - The Commissioners for Ireland gave them orders upon the governors of garrisons, to deliver to them prisoners of war ; upon the keepers of gaols, for offenders in custody ; upon masters of workhouses, for the destitute in their care 'who were of an age to labour, or if women were marriageable and not past breeding...
Page 234 - ... parlours were hung with altar-cloths, their tables and beds covered with copes, instead of carpets and coverlets; and many made carousing cups of the sacred chalices, as once Belshazzar celebrated his drunken feast in the sanctified vessels of the temple.
Page 212 - ... 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...

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