The Emerald Isle: A Poem

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Booker & Company, 1846 - 99 pages
 

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Page 62 - The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
Page 90 - Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom, were near, Who made every dear scene of enchantment more dear, And who felt how the best charms of Nature improve When we see them reflected from looks that we love. Sweet vale of Avoca ! how calm could I rest In thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best, Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease, And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.
Page 28 - On Lough Neagh's bank as the fisherman strays, When the clear, cold eve's declining, He sees the round towers of other days, In the wave beneath him shining! Thus shall memory often, in dreams sublime, Catch a glimpse of the days that are over, Thus, sighing, look through the waves of time For the long-faded glories they cover!
Page 78 - Out upon Time ! it will leave no more Of the things to come than the things before ! Out upon Time! who for ever will leave But enough of the past for the future to grieve O'er that which hath been, and o'er that which must be!
Page 12 - Yet, fill'd with all youth's sweet desires, Mingling the meek and vestal fires Of other worlds with all the bliss, The fond, weak tenderness of this ! A soul, too, more than half divine, Where, through some shades of earthly feeling, Religion's...
Page 12 - Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious, and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the sea, I might hail thee with prouder, with happier brow, But oh ! could I love thee more deeply than now...
Page 81 - The secluded character of its scenery early marked it as the more peculiar retreat of holiness, and at this day, the scattered, but venerable remains of the Abbeys, that repose in its depths, the gloomy scenes of ancient and religious grandeur, strike the eye of the traveller with inexpressible reverence, and, if not forming the most witching influence of the landscape, at least powerfully deepen its interest. There the above Kevin, the especial patron of the valley, by his holy labours established...
Page 81 - patron," he departed this life, or in the language of the ritual, he was born to the blessings of another state, leaving his memory to consecrate every winding of this lovely valley. There, notwithstanding the frequent ravages of fire and sword, shrouded in a forest of ancient oaks, a city of many people — a seminary of saints once flourished, the light of the western world — the shrine of religion and literature — the goal of many a holy pilgrimage. The ruins scattered through the scene are...
Page 22 - ... Ireland, though it was never generally adopted throughout Europe until the time of the crusades, when, it is erroneously supposed by modern historians, the custom commenced. It is said he received the idea from the device of the dead serpent and rod of Moses, which the standard of his own family bore from the period of their sojourn in Egypt, and which always stimulated their followers to deeds of heroism. He believed that an honourable spirit of emulation would be created by these badges of...
Page 56 - During the time that Niul resided at Capacirunt, near the Red sea, with his wife Scota, and Gadelas his son, the children of Israel, under the conduct of Moses and Aaron, attempted to free themselves from the slavery of Egypt, and encamped near Capacirunt. Niul, somewhat surprised at the number of those itinerants, who had fixed themselves in his neighbourhood, went himself in person, • to make discoveries, and to know their business, and to what nation they belonged. When he came to the outside...

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