Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish History

J. Duffy, 1861 - 722 pages

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Page 154 - Gaedhelic documents in general. Moore listened with great attention, alternately scanning the books and myself, and then asked me, in a serious tone, if I understood them, and how I had learned to do so. Having satisfied him upon these points, he turned to Dr. Petrie and said : " Petrie, these huge tomes could not have been written by fools or for any foolish purpose. I never knew anything about them before, and I had no right to have undertaken the History of Ireland...
Page 224 - Every one who is black-haired, who is a tattler, guileful, tale-telling, noisy, contemptible, every wretched, mean, strolling, unsteady, harsh, and inhospitable person, every slave, every mean thief, every churl, every one who loves not to listen to music and entertainment, the disturbers of every council and every assembly, and the promoters of discord among people, these are of the descendants of the Firbolg, of the Gailiuns, of Liogairne, and of the Fir Domhnann in Erin.
Page 614 - But if there, by him and his wise men, a cause of this nature cannot easily be made up, we have decreed it shall be sent to the See Apostolic — that is, to the chair of the Apostle Peter...
Page 153 - Irish nation, though they are robbed of many of their legends by this authentic publication, are yet by it enabled to boast that they possess genuine history several centuries more ancient than any other European nation possesses in its present spoken language : they have exchanged their legendary antiquity for historical fame.
Page 24 - ... of love, and of social life in general, are portrayed, often with considerable power of description and great brilliancy of language: and there are besides several sacred tracts and poems, amongst the most remarkable of which is the Liber Hymnorum, believed to be more than a thousand years old. The Trinity College collection is also rich in Lives of Irish Saints, and in ancient forms of prayer ; and it contains, in addition to all these, many curious treatises on medicine, beautifully written...
Page 84 - Erne, and parson of Inis-Caein in Lough Erne, and the representative of a bishop for fifteen years before his death. He was a precious stone, a bright gem, a luminous star, a treasury of wisdom, and a fruitful branch of the canon, and a fountain of charity, meekness, and mildness ; a dove in parity of heart, and a turtle in chastity...
Page 224 - Irish poem, assigning the characteristics for which different nations are celebrated : — For acuteness and valour, the Greeks, For excessive pride, the Romans, For dulness, the creeping Saxons; For beauty and amorousness, the Gaedhils.
Page 653 - Pater noster qui es in cœlis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua sicut in cœlo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. . Et dimitte nobis debita nostra : sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. Sed libera nos a malo.
Page 146 - ... of the one with the other. I explained to you that I thought I could get the assistance of the chroniclers for whom I had most esteem, for writing a book of annals, in which the aforesaid matters might be put on record ; and that, should the writing of them be neglected at present, they would not again be found, to be put on record or commemorated to the end and termination of the world.
Page 475 - Conn, the poets and the professors of every art came to that feast, as it was their custom, and they brought their tablets with them. And these tablets also came there, and Art saw them, and when he saw them he asked for them. And the two tablets were brought, and he held them in his hands face to face. Suddenly the one tablet of them sprang upon the other, and they became united the same as woodbine around a twig, and it was not possible to separate them.

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