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forbearing way. The murmurs of the city fresh arrival at the hotel. Then a were heard upon the right, and the lofty stir would ensue throughout the enspire of its church rose up straight and ar- tire concern, the ushering in of guests, rowy into the sky. The sullen and dull
the landlord summoning waiters or roar of the ocean used to come over the op- chambermaids, the tramp of a porter posite hills from the Bay of Tramore. Immediately before me were the fine woods of
bringing trunks up stairs -- we could Faithlegg, and the noble seat of the Powers;
hear the thump with which he depoon the left was the magnificent seat of an
sited heavy luggage on the floor of a other branch of the same opulent tribe
bedchamber all these amused our Snowhill; and in the distance were the three mind, and refreshed our thoughts by rivers--the Suir, the Nore, and the Barrow diverting them into new channels. -met in a deep and splendid conflux. The We determined to conclude our ramruins of the old Abbey of Dunbrody threw bles by the Barrow with a visit to the solemnity of religion and of antiquity Dunbrody Abbey, on the road from over the whole prospect, and, by the exqui- New Ross to Duncannon Fort. The site beauty of the site, afforded a proof that the old Franciscans, who had made a selec
day was cool and invigorating, but tion of this lovely spot for their monastery,
the coolness we experienced on startand who have lain for centuries in the mould ing was dispelled by the warmth of of its green and luxuriant churchyard, were exercise, which the light breeze renthe lovers of Nature; and that when they
dered pleasant to take. The fields, left the noise and turmoil of the world, they we thought, looked brighter in the Sep. had not relinquished those enjoyments, which tember grass, than if the summer sun are not only innocent, but may be accounted was scorching their verdure; and here holy."
and there, among the trees, we could Accustomed to noise and bustle, the
trace the autumnal tints, where branch
or bough stood forth in gayer hue of “Fumen, et opes, stripitumque Eblanæ,"
crimson, or yellow, than the rest. the quiet and freedom we enjoyed The river makes frequent inlets as we during our country excursion was ex. approached the bill of Faithlegg, from hilirating. On our return each day to whence a fine view of the meeting of the the inp we selected for head-quarters,
three rivers is obtained. The village
, where the attractions of the neighbour- called Cheekpoint, is the property of hood suggested a sojourn of some days, Mr. Power, of Faithlegg, and was forwe adapted our habits to the locality, merly the Waterford post-office packet and our
means and appliances for station. It was the seat of industry for comfort were made the best of. The a time, a hosiery and cotton-factory scenes we had wandered over, most of having been started here by the late them quite new, others familiar, form- Mr. Bolton, but the speculation proved ed a kind of mental mosaic-work, and unsuccessful.
Since the removal of mingling with recollections of those in the packet-station, Cheekpoint has which we had lately shared, afforded fallen into poverty, and its concomifood for much meditation. Then the tant evils. The navigation bere is very sights before our windows, though beneficial to the farmers, and latterly such as are daily visible in every the improvements in agriculture are town in Ireland, albeit mean and im- making corresponding changes in the poverished, and remote from either appearance of the country. Lime and the beautiful or the sublime, were so coal are available by water-carriage. characteristic and suggestive, as to A ferry between Campile and Passage afford entertainment. Now it was a affords direct communication with the ballad-singer, chaunting the victories city of Waterford. of missionary priests over soupers, to
Dunbrody Abbey was founded by the air of Napoleon at St. Helena ; Hervey de Montmorency, Marshal of or a recruiting sergeant, surrounded King Henry II., A. p. 1 182, and deby half-a-dozen country “boys," who dicated to Saints Peter and Paul. seemed no ways inclined to "spurn
This officer of high degree the Saxon shilling," and were listen- content with turning his sword into s ing with open ears and mouths to his reaping-hook, or, as some prefer to earnest prophecies, that if they would describe the apocryphal only enlist, every mother son of them phis, into a ploughshare. Hervey de would be commander-in-chief before he Montmorency converted his marshal's shuffled off thiş mortal coil; or a run- baton into an abbot's staff, and hay. away colt, with a load of turf; or a ing resigned his commission, entered
holy orders, endowed the church with should endeavour, from the clue these a portion of his lands, and became the buildings give, to ascertain the amount first abbot. The abbots were spiritual of civilisation which existed in the peers, sitting as barons in the Irish
remote days of their erection. Parliament, until the days of Alex- We have now, dear reader, tracked ander Devereux, who was appointed the course of the “ sister streams” Bishop of Ferns, in 1539. He was from their source in the Sliabhbloom the last Abbot of Dunbrody, and no Mountains, and watched their onward great ornament to the Church, ac- flow cording to Sir James Ware, who says "To join in ope, ere to the sea they come. of him* ;
We hope your time was nat unplea. " He continued undisturbed in his bishop- santly or uselessly occupied.ours, we rie during the several changes made in re- confess, was not; for, beside the re, ligion ; and made several leases in favour of creation we enjoyed, these tours have his relations, and others, to the great de brought to our mind ample stores of triment of bis see."
pleasant recollections, of kindly faces The ruins stand on a gently-sloping and warm hearts, besides making us hill, inelining towards the shore of the acquainted with picturesque seenes, barbour, much more magnificent in di.
famed ruins, and historic details of a mensions than any we had yet visited country whose history is too little along the Barrow. There stood the
known, as her scenic beauties are too walls of the Conventual Church, beau
little prized. tiful in ruin, telling what a splendid
We cannot bid the reader and these temple it must have been when the streams farewell in more graceful lanlofty windows were filled with blazoned guage than that of our valued friend, panes, and the broken pinnacles and
D. F. M.Carthy,t in whose glowing springing arches were uninjured and verse we leave complete. A considerable portion of “ Streams and streamlets blending, this spacious building is attributed
Each on each attending, to Herlewen, Bishop of Leighlin,
All together wending
Seek the silver sands; who died in 1217, and lies buried
Like to sisters holding, here. A massive bronze seal, sup
With a fond enfolding
Like to sisters holding, posed to have been the signet of the abbot, was discovered among the ruins “ Now with foreheads blushing, in 1810. When examining the fea
With a rapturous Aushing, tures of ancient architecture, the an
Now the streams are rushing,
In among the waves : tiquary and archæologist discovers
Now in shy confusion, much to excite his interest, and awak.
With a pale suffusion,
Seek the wild seclusion en inquiry. He should not be content
of sequestered caves." with dry dates and mere facts, but
J. R. O'F.
One another's hands.
SONNET ON THE WAR.
By dint of our hard, bloody-bought success
In the Crimean shambles, por redress
By wild ambition or licentiousness,
That ev'ry timid pow'r and treach'rous friend
Can but expect_unless Heav'n wisdom send-
* " Ware's Hist.," 445.
THERE is a trait in the lives of great reasonably, begin to suspect that it was diplomatists, of which it is just possi- in some moment of abstraction we ble some one or other of my readers wrote “ Glencore” at the head of these may not have heard, which is, that
pages, and that these speculations are none of them have ever attained to but the preface to some very abstruse any eminence without an attachment reflections upon the political condition -we can find no better word for it, of Europe. But no: they are simply to some woman of superior understand- intended as a prelude to the fact, that ing, who has united within herself Sir Horace Upton was not exempt great talents for society, with a high from the weakness of his order, and and soaring ambition.
that he, too, reposed his trust upon a They who only recognise in the woman's judgment. world of politics the dry details of The name of his illustrious guide ordinary parliamentary business, poor- was the Princess Sabloukoff, by birth law questions, sanitary rules, rail- a Pole, but married to a Russian of road bills, and colonial grants, can vast wealth and high family, from form but a scanty notion of the ex- whom she separated early in life, to citement derived from the high inte- mingle in the world with all the pres. rests of party, and the great game tige of position, riches, and greater played by about twenty mighty gam- than either-extreme beauty, and : blers, with the whole world for the manner of such fascination, as made table, and kingdoms for counters. In her name of European celebrity: this “grande rôle” women perform no When Sir Horace first met her, he ignoble part ; nay, it were not too was the junior member of our embassy much to say that their's is the very at Naples, and she the distinguished motive-power of the whole vast ma- leader of fashion in that city. We are chinery.
not about to busy ourselves with the Had we any right to step beyond various narratives which professed to the limits of our story for illustration, explain her influence at Court, or the it would not be difficult to quote names secret means to which she owed her enough to show that we are speaking ascendancy over royal highnesses, and not at hazard, but “from book;" and her sway over cardinals. Enough that that great events derive far less of their she possessed such, and that the world impulse from “ the lords " than from knew it. The same success attended “s the ladies of creation.” Whatever her at Vienna and at Paris. She was be the part they take in these contests, courted and sought after everywhere; their chief attention is ever directed, and if her arrival was not fêted with not to the smaller battle-field of home the public demonstrations that await questions, but to the greater and wider royalty, it was assuredly an event recampaign of international politics. cognised with all that could flatter Men may wrangle, and hair-split, and her vanity, or minister to her selfdivide about a barbour bill or a road esteem. session; but women occupy themselves Sir Horace was presented to her as in devising how thrones may be shaken an attaché, when she simply bowed and and dynasties disturbed how frontiers smiled. He renewed his acquaintance may be changed, and nationalities some ten years later as a secretary, trafficked; for, strange as it may seem, when she vouchsafed to say she rethe stupendous incidents which mould membered him. A third time, after & human destinies are more under the lapse of years, he came before her as a influence of passion and intrigue, than chargé d'affaires, when she conversed the commonest events of every day with him ; and lastly, when time bad life.
made bim a minister, and with less Our readers may, and not very un- generosity had laid its impress upon herself, she gave him her band, and In the world of society there is a said
very great prestige attends those who “My dear Horace, how charming to have at some one time played a great see an old friend, if you be good enough part in life. The deposed king, the to let me call you so."
ex-minister, the banished general, and And he was so; he accepted the even the bygone beauty, receive a friendship as frankly as it was proffer- species of respectful homage, which ed. He knew that time was, when he the wider world without doors is not could have no pretension to this dis- always ready to accord them. Goodtinction; but the beautiful Princess breeding, in fact, concedes what mere was no longer young; the fascinations justice might deny; and they who she had wielded were already a kind of have to fall back upon "souvenirs." Court tradition; archdukes and am- for this greatness, always find their bassadors were no more her slaves ; advantage in associating with the class nor was she the terror of jealous queens whose prerogative is good manners. and Court favourites. Sir Horace The Princess Sabloukoff was not, knew all this; but he also knew that, however, one of those who can live she being such, his ambition had never upon the interest of a bygone fame. dared to aspire to her friendship, and She saw that, when the time of coquetit was only in her days of declining ting and its fascinations has passed, fortune that he could hope for such that still, with facilities like her's, there distinction.
was yet a great game to be played. All this may seem very strange and Hitherto she had only studied characvery odd, dear reader ; but we live in ters; now she began to reflect upon very strange and very odd times, and events. The transition was an easy one, more than one-half the world is only to which her former knowledge conliving on “second - hand" — second. tributed largely its assistance. There hand shawls and second-hand speeches, was scarcely a viceroy, scarcely a lead. second-hand books, and court suits and ing personage in Europe, she did not opinions are all rife; and why not se- know personally and well. She had cond-hand friendships?
lived in intimacy with ministers, and Now, the friendship between a by- statesmen, and great politicians. She gone beauty of forty--and we will not knew them in all that “ life of the say how many more years and a back. salôn,” where men alternately expand nied, half-disgusted man of the world, into frankness, and practise the wily of the same age, is a very
curious con- devices of their crafty callings. She tract. There is no love in it; as little had seen them in all the weaknesses, is there any strong tie of esteem; but too, of inferior minds, eager after small there is a wonderful bond of self-inte- objects, tormented by insignificant rest and mutual convenience. Each
They who habitually dealt seems to have at last found « one that with these mighty personages, only understands him;" similarity of pur- beheld them in their dignity of stasuit has engendered similarity of taste. tion, or surrounded by the imposing They have each seen the world from accessories of office. What an advanexactly the same point of view, and tage, then, to regard them closer and they have come out of it equally heart- nearer - to be aware of their shortwearied and tired, stored with vast re. comings, and acquainted with the sesources of social knowledge, and with cret springs of their ambitions ! a keen insight into every phase of that
The Princess and Sir Horace very complex machinery by which one-half soon saw that each needed the other. the world cheats the other.
When Robert Macaire accidentally met Madame de Sabloukoff was still an accomplished gamester, who tamed handsome-she had far more than what the king as often as he did, and could is illnaturedly called the remains of reciprocate every trick and artifice good looks. She had a brilliant com- with him, he threw down the cards, plexion, lustrous dark eyes, and a pro- saying, “ Embrassons nous, nous somfusion of the most beautiful hair. She mes freres !" Now the illustration is was, besides, a most splendid dresser. a very ignoble one, but it conveys no Her toilet was the very perfection of very inexact idea of the bond which taste, and if a little inclining to over- united these two distinguished indivimagnificence, not the less becoming to duals. one whose whole air and bearing as- Sir Horace was one of those sine, sumed something of queenly dignity. acute intelligences, which may be
gapped and blanted if applied to rough of the cabinet shaped by the tidings work, but are splendid instruments which arrived with all the speed of a where you would cut cleanly, and cut foreign courier - over and over again deep. She saw this at once. He, were the speeches in Parliament based too, recognised in her the wonderful upon information received from him. knowledge of life, joined to vast It has even happened that the news powers of employing it with profit. from his hand has caused the telegraph No more was wanting to establish a of the Admiralty to signalise the friendship between them. Dispositions Thunderer to put to sea with all must be, to a certain degree, different haste. In a word, he was the trusted between those who are to live together agent of our Government, whether às friends, but tastes must be alike. ruled by a Whig or à Tory, and his Theirs were só. They had the same despatches were ever regarded as a veneration for the same things, the
sure warranty for action. same regard for the same celebrities, The English Minister at å foreign and the same contempt for the small court labours under one great disad. successes which were engaging the vantage, which is, that his
policy, and minds of many around them. If the all the consequences that are to follow Princess bad a real appreciation of it, are rarely, if ever, shaped with any the fine abilities of Sir Horace, he es- reference to the state of matters then timated, at their full value, all the re- existing in his own country: Absorbsources of her wondrous tact and skill, ed as he is in great European quesand the fascinations which even yet tions, how can he follow, with sufficient surrounded her.
attention, the course of events at Have we said enough to explain the home, or recognise, in the signs and terms of this alliance ? or must we tokens of the division list, the changemake one more confession, and own ful fortunes of party? He nuay be that her insidious praise -- a flattery advising energy when the cry is all too delicate and fine ever to be com- for temporising ; counselling patience mitted to absoluté eulogy-convinced and submission, when the nation is Sir Horace that she alone of all the eager for å row ; recommend religious world was able to comprehend the vast concessions in the very week that stores of his knowledge, and the wide Exeter Hall is denouncing toleration; measure of his capacity as å states- or actually suggesting aid to a Governman.
ment that a popular orator bas proIn the great game of statecraft, claimed to be everything that is unjust diplomatists are not above looking in- and ignominious. to each other's hands; but this must It was Sir Horace Upton's fortune always be accomplished by means of to have fallen into one of these à confederate. How terribly alike are barrassments. He had advised the all human rogueries, whether the scene Home Government to take some meabe a conference at Vienna, or the tent surés, or, at least, look with favour of a thimblerig at Ascot ! La Sa- on certain movements of the Poles in bloukoff was unrivalled in the art. Russia, in order the better to obtain She knew how to push raillery and some concessions then required from persiflage to the very frontiers of truth, the cabinet of the Czar. The Premier and even peep over and see what lay did not approve of the suggestion, beyond. Sir Horace traded on the nor was it like to meet acceptance at material with which she supplied him, home. We were in a and acquired the reputation of being fever at the moment. Some mob disall that was crafty and subtle in diplo- turbances at Norwich, a Chartist macy
meeting at Stockport, and something How did Upton know this ? Whence else in Wales, had frightened the nacame he by that ? What mysterious tion into a hot stage of conservatism; source of information is he possessed and never was there such an ill-chosen of? Who could have revealed such a moment to succour Poles, secret to him ? were questions often dormant nationalities. asked in that dreary old drawing-room
Upton's proposal was rejected. He of Downing-street, where men's des- was even visited with one of those tinies are shaped, and the fate of mil- disagreeable acknowledgments by lions decided, from four o'clock to six which the Foreign Office reminds & of an afternoon.
speculative minister, that he is going Often and often were the measures ultra crepidam. When an envoy is