Irish Grievances Shortly Stated

Irish Grievances Shortly Stated

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...de tous les gouvernements, c'est la force." The fact that Ireland was conquered by England is no peculiarity. England, France, Spain, Italy were all conquered, and have all got over their conquest. (2) Nations have long memories, and their memories are long in proportion to their endowments and cultivation. The English people live in their past as much as any people. Happily for them it is a past in which they can, for the most part, feel a just pride. Cregy, Poitiers, and Agincourt are names which still occasionally send a thrill through most men whose limbs were made in England. The triumph over the Spanish Armada has not lost a particle of lustre after nearly three centuries in English eyes. The heroes who have spread the fame of England, whether on sea or land, or in arts or in science, are "familiar in our mouths as household words." There is a certain class of by-gones which we should be the last to let fade away. And now let us see how these two remarks apply to the special case of Ireland. Why should Ireland be for ever lamenting her conquest, when we see it is the common fate of nations sooner or later? The answer is, that the conquest of Ireland was a vulgar event enough; it is the state of things that has supervened on that conquest which is grave and almost without parallel. France took Alsace and Strasbourg with every circumstance of treachery and cruelty only a few years before William and his generals completed the final subduing of Ireland. Yet Alsace is a contented French province, and Ireland is in chronic insurrection. Strasbourg is as loyal to France as any town in the Empire; Cork, and even Dublin, are filled with men whose one idea is how to break loose from and injure England. The explanation of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581253
  • 9781236581259