Popular Life of Daniel O'Connell: Including the Funeral Oration of Padre Ventura at Rome, Father Burke's Sermon at Glasnevin, and Wendell Phillip's Centennial Oration

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Сторінка 276 - An island soaked with the blood of countless rebellions ; oppression such as would turn cowards into heroes ; a race whose disciplined valor had been proved on almost every battlefield in Europe, and whose reckless daring lifted it, any time, in arms against England, with hope or without — what inspired them?
Сторінка 272 - He is gone who seem'd so great. Gone; but nothing can bereave him Of the force he made his own Being here, and we believe him Something far advanced in State, And that he wears a truer crown Than any wreath that man can weave him.
Сторінка 283 - American who really has not, or who does not fancy at least that he has something to gain or lose in his ambition, his social life, or his business, from the good opinion and the votes of those about him.
Сторінка 283 - ... of the other three. He has, to some extent, a refuge and a breakwater against the tyranny of what we call public opinion. But in a country like ours, of absolute democratic equality, public opinion is not only omnipotent, it is omnipresent. There is no refuge from its tyranny; there is no hiding...
Сторінка 21 - I should have smil'd and welcom'd death. But thus to perish by a villain's hand ! Cut off from nature's and from glory's course, Which never mortal was so fond to run.
Сторінка 279 - He created a public opinion, and unity of purpose — no matter what be now the dispute about methods — which made Ireland a nation ; he gave her British citizenship, and a place in the imperial Parliament ; he gave her a press and a public ; with these tools her destiny is in her own hands. When the Abolitionists got for the negro, schools and the vote, they settled the slave question ; for they planted the sure seeds of civil equality. O'Connell did this for Ireland, — this which no Irishman...
Сторінка 289 - May my right hand forget its cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if ever I prove false to those teachings.
Сторінка 278 - Then this one man, without birth, wealth, or office, in a land ruled by birth, wealth, and office, moulded from those unsuspected elements a power which, overawing king, senate, and people, wrote his single will on the statute-book of the most obstinate nation in Europe. Safely to emancipate the Irish Catholics, and in spite of...
Сторінка 289 - O'Connell, to recall with gratitude his eloquent and effective pleas for the freedom of our race; and we earnestly commend his example to our countrymen. JC JACKSON, Secretary. PETER H. CLARK, President. GEORGE T.
Сторінка 285 - Premising that it would be folly to find fault with a man struggling for life because his attitudes were ungraceful, remembering the Scythian king's answer to Alexander, criticising his strange weapon, — "If you knew how precious freedom was, you would defend it even with axes," — we must see that O'Connell's own explanation is evidently sincere and true. He found the Irish heart so cowed, and Englishmen so arrogant, that he saw it needed an independence verging on insolence, a defiance that...

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