Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland

John Murray, 1838 - 344 sider
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A wonderful, and a fresh, collection that brings one back to the time in Ireland before the Famine. The stories follow the run of these things, but Croker while striving for a rationalism which allows ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

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Side 103 - He shall not die, by G — , cried my uncle Toby. The Accusing Spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in ; and the Recording Angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word, and blotted it out for ever.
Side 127 - However, I began swimming, swimming, swimming away for the dear life, till at last I got ashore, somehow or other, but never the one of me can tell how, upon a dissolute island. " I wandered and wandered about there, without knowing where I wandered, until at last I got into a big bog.
Side 15 - Now glow'd the firmament With living sapphires : Hesperus, that led The starry host, rode brightest, till the moon, Rising in clouded majesty, at length Apparent queen unveil'd her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
Side 1 - Indian mount, or fairy elves, Whose midnight revels by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course ; they, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear ; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
Side 145 - 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!
Side 132 - You may be sure I was in a disconsolate condition, and kept roaring out for the bare grief, when all at once a door opened right in the middle of the moon, creaking on its hinges as if it had not been opened for a month before. I suppose they never thought of greasing 'em, and out there walks - who do you think but the man in the moon himself? I knew him by his bush. " 'Good morrow to you, Daniel O'Rourke,' said he: ' How do you do?'' Very well, thank your honour,' said I. 'I hope your honour's well.
Side 135 - If you must, you must said he. There, take your own way ; and he opened his claw, and faith he was right — sure enough I came down plump into the very bottom of the salt sea ! Down to the very bottom I went, and I gave myself up then for ever, when a whale walked up to me, scratching himself after his night's...
Side 129 - so get up on my back, and grip me well for fear you'd fall off, and I'll fly you out of the bog.' ' I am afraid/ says I, 'your honour's making game of me; for who ever heard of riding a horseback on an eagle before?' 'Ton the honour of a gentleman...
Side 88 - ... clever as any three boys in Munster — and there were uncles and aunts, and gossips and cousins enough besides to make a full house of it— and plenty was there to eat and drink on the table for every one of them if they had been double the number. Now it happened, just as Mrs. Rooney had helped his reverence to the first cut of the pig's...
Side 89 - ... table. If Billy was astonished, how much more so was every one of the company into which he was thrown with so little ceremony ! but when they heard his story, father Cooney laid down his knife and fork, and married the young couple out of hand with all speed ; and Billy Mac Daniel danced the Rinka at their wedding ; and plenty did he drink at it too, which was what he thought more of than dancing.

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