My Lords of Strogue (of III) Volume I

My Lords of Strogue (of III) Volume I

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Excerpt: ...cut away under the queue behind, and a formula learnt by heart, by means of which one member could recognise another. It was touching to look on these brothers standing side by side, the elder receiving the younger into a fraternity, each unit of which, before many months were out, might possibly be called upon to meet an ignominious death. Thomas was big and burly, with a sedate cast of countenance which betokened thought, whilst Robert was slight of build, and looked almost like a girl, as with eyes fixed on space he repeated the strange sentences, his face aglow with enthusiasm, his body trembling like a leaf. 'Are you straight?' 'I am.' 'How straight?' 'As straight as a rush.' 'Go on then?' 'In truth and trust; in unity and liberty.' 'What have you in your hand?' 'A green bough.' 'Where did it grow?' 'In America.' 'Where did it bud?' 'In France.' 'Where will you plant it?' 'In the Crown of Great Britain.' 'God be with you then, and with us all, ' Thomas concluded; 'and now a glass all round to the health of the new member.' The pledge was gravely accepted, each one raising his beaker and saying: 'To the diffusion of light!' ere he drained its contents and replaced it on the table bottom upwards. 'Now, gentlemen, ' pursued Thomas. 'We have serious business before us. Theobald will be away a year at least before help can come, and it is his wish that we should without delay prepare to graft the military upon our civil functions. With arms and ammunition Tone will provide us if he can, but they will be of little service unless we know how to use them. In the halcyon days of the Volunteers every Irishman was a soldier. Let us show that the martial spirit of our ancient kings, which then for awhile revived, is not quite dead in us.' 'I will never consent to bloodshed, ' shuddered young Robert. 'Internecine strife is too horrible!' 'You have been sworn in by your own desire, ' returned his brother, sternly, 'and your first duty is blind obedience. It ishow more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123668866X
  • 9781236688668