Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards; An Historical Essay on the Dress of the Ancient and Modern Irish and a Memoir on the Armour and Weapons of the Irish Volume 1

Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards; An Historical Essay on the Dress of the Ancient and Modern Irish and a Memoir on the Armour and Weapons of the Irish Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...author, that ' singing birds always tune their song in the major key, and that although it has been frequently attempted to teach those birds, which possess imitative faculties, to pipe airs with a flat third, it has never, in any degree, succeeded.' I have not had opportunities of ascertaining this curious fact by my own experience." - W. M.'- heart--An Irish harper, who was a contemporary of Maguire, and, like him, felt for the sufferings of his country, had this distich engraven on his harp: Cur Lyra funestas edit percussa sonores? Sicut araissum sors Diadema gemit! But perhaps the melancholy spirit which breathes through the poetry and music of the Irish, may be attributed to another cause; a cause which operated anterior and subsequent to, the invasion of the English. We mean, the remarkable susceptibility of the Irish of the passion of love; a passion, which the munificent establishments of the Bards left them at liberty freely to indulge. While the mind is enduring the torments of hope, fear, or despair, its effusions cannot be gay. The greater number of the productions of those amorous poets, Tibullus, Catullus, Petrarch, and Hammond, are elegiac. The anonymous traveller, whom we have already had occasion to mention, after speaking of the amorous disposition of the Irish, pursues the subject in his account of their poetry. "The subject of these (their songs) is always love; and they seem to understand poetry to be designed for no other purpose than to stir up that passion in the mind."f Then he presents his readers with an Communication of Mr. O'Halloran. + Gentleman's Magazine, vol. i. p. 4Q7. VOL. I. 2 A Irish pastoral sonnet, (not unworthy the muse of Shenstone, ) composed by a desponding lover, which we will...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615360
  • 9781236615367