Lays of Leisure Hours

Lays of Leisure Hours

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...'He hath a ready wit, nor ever lacketh device where it is needful, or likely to be successful (that I may present his chief signs unto your Grace), a tough and hardy bearing, with a ready laugh and jest, even to the discomfiture of his proper jesters, qualities well liked by the commonalty round him. His stature is large, and his voice loud and commanding. He hath connected himself by intermarriage, and otherwise, with many powerful septs of those counties, and they afflict him in such sort that, verily he saith to the most potent of his connexions (to use Holy Writ), "Do this, and he doeth it," aye, and that with a good will. Without much of the eloquence of the schools, he hath a language suitable to the warm and wild hearts of his dependents, and a word ever ready on occasion; but we who are out of the reach of his traitorous influence do easily behold that he doth not scruple to deliver up a score or two of the best of them to your Grace's generals, when it may buy from them advantage to himself, without being sufficient to open the eyes of the rest.' In justice to his character, I think it right to state, that he was merciful where he could be so with safety to his own interest, and was often known to arrest the hand of carnage, and to hinder many of the native auxiliaries from committing those acts of blood which were a disgrace to that age. Neither would he venture on the sword where he was sure diplomatic manoeuvres would win. In short, he never let hft heart rule his head. The reverse of this was the case with O'Donnell, who thought his sword never found its proper sheath till buried in the body of his unfortunate foeman. The sagacity which O'Neill displayed during the whole course of his lifetime was never seen in a better...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611853
  • 9781236611857