The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland,

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Page 167 - 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 67 - ... men, and they had five pieces of cannon. The number of the rebels could not be ascertained. Many ran away before the engagement, while a very considerable number flocked into the town in the very heat of it, passing under the castle windows in view of the French officers on horseback, running upon death with as little appearance of reflection or concern, as if they were hastening to a show.
Page 87 - We entreat thee, holy youth, to come and walk still among us,' and I was very much pricked to the heart, and could read no further, and so I awoke.
Page 68 - Intelligence, activity, temperance, "patience, to a surprising degree, appeared to " be combined in the soldiery that came over •" with Humbert, together with the exactest "obedience to discipline. Yet, if you except •" the grenadiers, they had nothing to catch the " eye. Their stature for the most part was low, " their complexion pale and sallow, their clothes "much the worse for the wear: to a supel1" ficial observer they would have appeared " incapable of enduring almost any hardship.
Page 32 - They accordingly pressed forward for a considerable time, with much labour and difficulty, and at length entered into an extensive labyrinth branching off into numerous apartments, in the mazes and windings of which they were completely bewildered and lost. " After various vain attempts to return, their lights were extinguished, their voices became hoarse and exhausted with frequent shouting...
Page 167 - ... they could find them, yea, and one another soon 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 to continue there withal ; that in short space there was none almost left, and a most populous and plentiful country suddenly left void of man and beast*.
Page 69 - Humbert, the leader of this singular body of men, was himself as extraordinary a personage as any in his army. Of a good height and shape, in the full vigour of life, prompt to decide, quick in execution, apparently master of his art, you could not refuse him the praise of a good officer, while his physiognomy forbade you to like him as a man. His eye, which was small and sleepy, (the effect, probably, of much watching,) cast a sidelong glance of insidiousness, and even of cruelty : it was the eye...
Page 70 - Ponson, the last described, the bishop declares that " he was strictly honest, and could not bear the absence of this quality in others ; so that his patience was pretty well tried by his Irish allies." At the same time, he expressed his contempt for religion in a way which the bishop saw reason for ascribing to vanity — " the miserable affectation of appearing worse than he really was.
Page 18 - Their shock was furious, but neither orderly nor steady. They were routed, and their general conveyed a prisoner to William. The king asked him whether the Irish would fight more. " Upon my honour," said Hamilton, " I " believe they will ; for they have yet a good body of horse.
Page 89 - Surprised and indignant, the monarch instantly dispatched messengers to summon the offender to his presence ; the princes seated themselves in a circle upon the grass to receive him, and on his arrival, one alone among them, Here, the son of Dego, impressed with reverence by the stranger's appearance, stood up to salute him. That they heard with complacency, however, his account of the...

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