A Summer Visit to Ireland in 1846
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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...in his own sweet southern country, came hither to live within hearing of his chef-d'oeuvre, whose sound had haunted his imagination ever since. Sailing up the river, he heard the bells beginning to peal, and the well remembered tones so affected him by evoking the images of all he had loved and lost, all in short associated with them in his tender heart, that he fell with his head on his breast, and so expired, ere the bells had rung out their solemn knell for him--their artificer. It is a touching tale. Rivers here always had a peculiar charm for me. I have drank of the waters of the Rhine, Rhone, Danube, and Isere, and explored the sources of the two former among Alpine wilds. I have crossed the Po, Adige, and Rubicon, and strolled beside the Loire and Seine, and "yellow-waved" Tiber; and the glories of the Shannon had oftentimes been painted by the hand of fancy in my visions. It is here a considerable stream doubtless, but I will own it disappointed my pre-conceptions on the whole; not being nearly so broad as I had pictured to myself. However, looking down upon it from the road, when bound for Nenagh, laving as it does the walls of this quaint old city, it appears far more important, and worthy of admiration. The word Shannon is so fine-sounding, and I had associated it in idea with forest-crowned banks, stormy rapids, and gigantic cliffs on either hand, but of these there were none; the shores are flat, and do not, so far as I could see, possess grand features. Indeed, a friend of mine considers it rather as a succession of loughs, than as a continuous river of itself, and doubts the navigability of its actual bed, from the extreme shallowness of the water in some places, and the high falls in others, unless it were deepened into...
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