Critical Essays on Poetry, Etc

Critical Essays on Poetry, Etc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...moods even in Ireland; though Ireland is, no doubt, the least mutable of nations, the strongest in its idiosyncracies, and the least accessible to influences from without for evil or for good--even the infusion of alien blood having been subdued in no long time to the aboriginal complexion. The poet, however, changes his hand with the change of epoch; and many varieties of ballad, legend, ode, and song, are included in the series; the Irish idiosyncracy, to a certain degree, harmonizing the whole. The bard Ethell, who lived in the thirteenth century and was a good Christian in his way, but eminently an Irish Christian, in giving some account of the changes which had taken place during his long life, states the objections he cannot but feel to the extreme views of the Franciscans, who had established a convent in his neighbourhood, and preached forgiveness of injuries with a want of discrimination which was highly distasteful to Ethell--" All praise to the man who brought us the Faifli l 'Tis a staff by day and our pillow in death! All praise, I say, to the holy youth Who heard in a dream from Tyrawley's strand That wail, ' Put forth o'er the sea thy hand; In the dark we die: give us hope and truth!' But Patrick built not on Iorras' shore That convent where now the Franciscans dwell: Columba was mighty in prayer and war; But the young monk preaches as loud as the bell That love must rule all and all wrongs be forgiven Or else, he is sure, we shall reach not heaven! This doctrine I count right cruel and hard: And when I am laid in the old churchyard The habit of Francis I will not wear. " I forgive old Cathbar who sank my boat: Must I pardon Feargal who slew my son? Or the pirate, Strongbow, who...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867890
  • 9781236867896