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ment of the empire. Are we to remain present enfranchised, if it was clearly passive, and suffer this great evil to foreseen that priests and demagogues come upon us, without an effort on our would or could have availed themselves parts to avert it? If we do, our ruin, of their superstition and ignorance to which is inevitable, must be laid at our the extent that has been proved before own door. We cannot complain of the committee upon the Carlow elecnot having had sufficient warning of tion ? No, truly. To have done so the fate that awaits us, if we neglect to would have been to substitute one set take the proper precautions by which of rotten boroughs for another, and to it might be avoided. The designs and give the preference to that which was the practices of the clerical demagogues immeasurably the most hostile to the whom we have raised up, have been spirit of the constitution. Why, then, exhibited, in full relief, to the astonish- should not that which was improviment and indignation of the parliament dently granted be rightfully resumed, and the people; and if, knowing what especially when it is most plain that the we know, and seeing what we see, we further continuance of the franchise suffer the train to be laid and fired, but upon its present footing can benefit few will pity us when we perish by the none but the worst enemies of the emexplosion.

pire? We would give it to all who Nothing would be easier than to put may be truly called free agents. We O'Connell and the priests into an ex would take it from all who are under hausted receiver. Let the franchise in the influence of a spiritual tyranny, Ireland be raised to twenty pounds, and which coerces them in the employment the thing is done. This would not be of it, and converts it into an instruto deprive the people of any valuablement for the destruction of the church, privilege. The great majority of the and the subversion of British influence Irish Roman Catholic peasantry feel in Ireland. their right of voting for members of We repeat it, parliament has the parliament much less as a benefit than power of rectifying every abuse by as a burden. They have themselves which this country at present suffers, but little feeling on the subject, as far if it only does its duty. It is our as the enjoyment of the right is con- government that has made popery cerned ; and they regard it as a great what it is. If we are only wise in time, practical grievance to be compelled, much may yet be done towards making periodically, to act in hostility to their it what it ought to be, or, at least, landlords, or incur the malediction of towards depriving it of the means of their priests. We are confident in doing any extensive or irreparable missaying, that to them it would be a great chief. By our mispolicy popery has relief to be exempted from the necessity been aggrandized ; by sound policy of thus wounding their best benefactors, and determination it may yet be humor labouring under the stigma, and be- bled. But if we do not resolve to coming exposed to the persecution retrace our steps, or at least to withhold visited upon those who are guilty our hands from giving it any,

further of deserting the cause of their reli- encouragement, we should fairly make gion. The only individuals who up our minds to the fatal consewould, in reality, be deprived of power quences, and not express any surby thus raising the franchise, are the prise when the hour of retribution demagogues and the priests ; and upon arrives. As Juvenal said of the godthem it was never intended that it dess Fortune, so we say of the demon should have been conferred. Can it Popery : be supposed for one moment that the legislature would have enfranchised the

“ Nullum numen habes si sit prudentia; nos te

Nos fascimus deam, cæloque locamus." population of Ireland as they are at


“ What shall we have next ?" asked the choice of the next tale to Turlogh Henry, as the captives, for the twelfth himself.” time, sat down to listen to their nightly • By my hand, it is well said,” cried entertainer.

Art; “and what will you choose for “ What so it please you to command, this night's entertainment, Turlogh my princes,” replied Turlogh; “ I have Buy ?" store of other tales in readiness.”

* I will tell you, my princes, if it Whose is the choice tonight you please you, a tale which 'I learned of said Henry.

à south country gentleman, when I

was last in Kilkenny,” replied Tur“ We have each had his turn now," logh ; and saying, he began replied Hugh Roe; "we will leave another story.

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The Barrow, the Nore, and the Suir lose themselves in the wide estuary of are called the Three Sisters, and justly Waterford; but many a mountain in80; for they spring from the breast of tervenes, and the Suir, when at length one parent mountain, and, after wan she sweeps past Reginald's Tower, dering, each her own way, through to clasp her long severed sisters, various regions, unite again in the scarce feels the genial flow of their same valley and descend into the sea fresh currents among the salt and together. Of these wandering daugh- stormy tides of the Atlantic. Here, a ters of Slieve Bloom, it would be hard commodious haven, wide, deep, and to say which is the fairest ; for, though sheltered, has invited the traffic of the Nore dances at times along a path most remote ages ; the beacon on hung with garlands and enamelled Hook Tower at its entrance guiding, with daisies that are no more than just the course of the mariner, time out of types of her own sprightliness and mind, from the main sea without; and purity, Suir moves with a more con Waterford and Ross upon their rival scious dignity, and Barrow, in her streams, at nearly equal distances above mature beauty, is majestic.

the estuary, contending through centuThere are few finer river scenes, ries for his resort within. Waterford is east of the Shannon, than where the now the favoured city; and, of the Barrow, crowned with the oak wreaths numerous sails which may be seen of Bahana, comes down from Brandon, daily sweeping in from the sea, scarce like a priestess of the woods, to wel- one out of twenty holds on its course come the novice Nore out of Kilkenny. up the deserted Barrow; the seaIn suinmer, the Nore slides into the captain cries “ starboard,” and the Suir embrace of her elder sister with a gush receives her tribute from the Thames, of gentle and subdued emotion, but the Avon, or the Mersey; the mertheir winter confluence is one of stor- chants of Waterford smile with conmier delight; and he who did not know gratulation as they meet one another that the same breast of mountain had in her streets, and their quays and fed the infant streams of both, might bridges glow with the tumult of prosmistake the tumult of their congratu- perous labour : meanwhile, the idler lation for a strife of floods. The on the banks of the Barrow, starts to traveller who climbs the southern side behold the unusual sight of a sail of Brandon, may see the united waters threading the woods towards herdecaylingering in tranquil enjoyment through ed warehouses; the solitary ferryman the rich valley, at his feet, and past plying among the piles and uprights of the ancient walls of Ross, as if waiting her broken bridge,* gazes with unfor the Suir to join them ere yet they wonted admiration on a vessel larger

• Let it be borne in mind that this is spoken in the reign of Elizabeth. Ross is now a place of considerable trade; and may probably ere long enjoy the full advantages of its unrivaled situation.

than his own, and the poor inhabitants for hospitality and liberal traffic in all crowd to the water side with such coin- Ireland, and as far before Waterford modities, as their scanty farms produce, in extent and splendour, as Waterford to barter with the strangers for the rare is now superior to it. Michael of luxury of a few casks of Spanish wine. Kildare sings thus of Ross, in the time

Yet there was a time when Ross of Henry Ml.:-was rich and populous; the first town

Full many a haubergeon is there,
And many a hauberk white and fair,
And ne'er in other place before
Have I beheld such goodly store
Of glaives and cross-bows on the wall,
And quarrels sharp to shoot withal;
With brave array of mace and shield,
And savage wights the same to wield !
Of crossbow men, their numbers be
Three hundred eke and sixty-three ;
Of archers muster at their cal!,
Twelve hundred proper men and tall ;
Of men-at-arms with lance and axe,
Three thousand who ne'er turned their backs ;
And ever inore the same before,
of mounted knights hve score and four
Their warden's bugle sounded twice,
Our Ross men muster in a trice,
Each valiant burgess to the van,
At handy blows to meet his man :
May God preserve the town, pray I,
And grant them still the victory!
For other town on Irish ground,
More hospitable is not found,
Or where a dealing man may be,
More welcome, prosperous and free;
And therefore to God's grace do I
Commend New Ross most heartily,
And pray you all, good Christians, cry

Amen, umen, pour charité ! It is of the Ross were described that lay in the middle of the river, ready to we have now to treat. How it fell to set sail. One group detached from the its present lamentable decay, shall rest, was calculated to arrest particular appear in due time. The flourishing attention. On a bench, which had been city described by the Kildare monk, placed so as to command a full view of stood on the eastern bank of the Bar- the river, sat an aged lady, surrounded row, at the extremity of a stately by a number of the higher class of citibridge, which crossed that river a little zens, who seemed to treat her with below its confiuence with the Nore. great deference and respect. Before From this bridge, the main pass into her stood three richly dressed gentleKilkenny, the town had derived its men, and on the arm of one of them appellation of Ross-Pont, while it was leaned a very beautiful girl, apparently also distinguished from a still more not many months a bride. Three boats ancient city of the same name, lying floated on the river below, and the at a distance of about three miles to expectant looks of their crews, as they the east, by the additional title of New sat handling their oars, showed that Ross.

they were waiting to take some of the On the bridge here described, one assembled gentry on board the departspring afternoon, were assembled num- ing vessels. The characters of the

per. bers of the citizens of Ross, to witness sonages described may be gathered thadeparture of a fleet of galleys which froin the following conversation which

Vol. VII.

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took place between one of the bus- that is he with the fair young lady on gesses in the crowd, and a stranger, his arm ; his bride if I mistake not ?" to whom he was showing the sights and Even so ; they are scarce a month wonders of his town.

wedded.” By Saint Anthony it is a brave “ By the rood, she is a very lovely

and a noble and liberal lady she lady!" is that owns it," said the citizen.

« The fairest that ever came from “ A goodly show of galleys, by my beyond the Barrow ; for she is of the faith,” replied the stranger ; “ but thou Irish stock; it caused much wonder wouldst 'not have one think they all that Sir Gilbert should have mated belong to the Lady Rosabel alone.” himself with one of that savage people."

“ One and all, as I told you,” replied “ How came that to pass, neighhis companion; “ and her ships at sea bour ?" are not half of the value of her wealth on Marry, they say she is of noble shore ; she is the richest lady this day blood enough for an Irish woman. and, in all Ireland, and a kindlier or more as she had been reared by the Lady liberal lady there does not breathe in Rosabel, who took her under her proChristendom ; stand to this side, and section in her tender years, she may I will show her to you ; that is she be counted in some sort, as it were, sitting in the midst of the aldermen and one of ourselves." gentry ; she has come down to see her

* Irish or English, by the rood she Spanish teet set sail, and they have is a very lovely lady!” gathered round her, as is their custom,

“ No doubt-no doubt ; but take whenever she comes abroad, to wish her good day, and make her their in your admiration of his wife ; for he

care how Sir Gilbert hears you so loud reverences ; for it is incredible in what is a very hot and choleric gentleman, respect the good lady is held by all the and, as I hear, does not love to have town ; and yet it is no more than her bis lady looked too freely on.” bounties and charities deserve at all our hands."

By the rood, I little wonder : if “* Truly, if it was she who built all such a jewel were mine," those hospitals and chapels which thou You would not leave her for the hast shown me by the way, as the work sea so soon, I'll warrant ?" of her bounty, she must be a rare bene “ What, and the honeymoon scarce factress to the place where she dwells." over ! I cannot credit it; the marriage

“ Oh, Sir, it is not alone in the town bed scarce warmed! You surely mock that the effects of her charity and piety me.”. are to be seen ; for many a mile round, “ Not a whit, neighbour ; not a whit. the country blesses her name ; sure Sir Gilbert, I believe, is as loth to part heaven will continue to prosper her, with his bride as any bridegroom can for she has the prayers of all who know be ; but, leave her he must : he and her here on earth."

his brothers are taking leave of the “ Amen, for charity, say I ; but she good lady, their mother, even now; is old, and cannot have many more these boats you see below, wait to carry years of usefulness before her ; whom them on ship-board." does the wealth go to when she is “ Were I Sir Gilbert, I would never

leave my bride behind." “ Thank God, she has three brave “ The seas are rough at this season sons to inherit tall gentlemen all, as of the year ; and the good lady, their any in Ireland : they received the honor mother, could ill afford to lose young of knighthood, one and all

, the last lady Anna's company." time the lord justice was in our town, “ Then, by the rood, I would stay these are they with the gold chains at home, and hire some sea captain to about their necks, standing before her.” command my ship for that voyage at “ Married all, I'll warrant.”

least.” “ Not so ; the younger two are still “ But he and his brothers are bound among the number of our bachelors ; to meet certain merchants of Genoa at well favoured gallants they are in the Cadiz." eyes of city maidens, I promise you." “ Then would I hire a factor to go

“ The eldest is married then ; belike deal with them in my place.”

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u But, it is to have certain bonds “Ah! Master Richard is a strange signed in their own presence.”

man; but a shrewd cipherer, as I tell " A notary could witness them ; I'd you, and a keen and strict steward. have it done by proxy."

But he bears little love to the monk ; Nay, man, he will be back in a some think because Father Edmund month."

advises his lady in private to too extra" I would not lose her company for vagant a liberality." a day."

But it is time to be introduced to Par dieu! they say that Sir Gilbert the individuals themselves.

“ Hast is himself somewhat of a jealous turn; thou thy tablets by thee, Master but what is his strictness to this ?” Richard ?" said the lady.

“ Fie, neighbour, it would not be for “ They are here, madam, but they jealousy, but for the pleasure of so fair are already full,” replied the steward. a lady's company. But tell me who is “ We must find room, Master Rithe dark-visaged man standing behind chard, for one disbursement more," the elder lady's seat, in the sad co- replied the lady ; “set down twenty loured cloak ; he with the tablets and marks additional to the brothers of St. pen in his hand ?

Saviour's, for their prayers against the “ That, Sir, is Master Richard, the dangers of the sea." Lady Rosabel's chief steward : a Nay, generous lady,” said the shrewd cipherer as any within the four friar, “ we would ill deserve the bounseas."

ties thou hast showered on us, “ And the monk who stands beside ; crave fee or reward for that which it is (by the mass, a proper man for his our sacred duty, as well as our pride calling, and a comely !) he with the and pleasure, to perform.”. blue gown and the long staff with the “ It is the first time I have had to crucifix at the end ; of what fraternity cancel a gift rejected by the church.” is he?"

said the steward, with a sarcastic smile, “ One of the crouched friars of St. drawing his pen across the half-comSaviour's, Father Edmund, a most pleted memorandum. worthy and gentle churchman; though Stay,” cried the lady, “ God forbid in appearance scarce so mortified as that I should withdraw a free bounty ; others of the brotherhood. There be let the twenty marks be divided among some of them, let me whisper in your the poor of the market-place." ear—see you yonder sanctimonious “ It shall be as you desire, madam," lean fellow, he with his back to the replied the steward, his features relapsrailing, talking so freely with that ing into deferential indifference ; " and gaudy citizen's wife? (she is one Dame whom does it please you, madam, to Medlicot, the wife of a crackbrained name for the distributor in tailor of our town ;) there are shrewd “If thou, pious Edmund, wilt be my reports abroad about that fellow, I can almoner, I shall be much bebolden to promise you."

thee," said the lady to the friar. “ He, the ill-favoured knave !" The steward bit his lips : the monk

“ Ay, little as he looks it, such is accepted the office with gratitude, and the tale they tell ; but as for Father the benevolent lady turned anxiously Edmund."

towards her sons. The two younger “ Who is, to my thinking, a likely had just taken their farewells of the man enough to fill a lady's eye” friends who stood near them, and now

“He is not more comely in his coun- advanced to bid adieu to their parent tenance than pure in his mind; he is a and receive her blessing. The pious most mild and virtuous youth ; so Rosabel rose, and having kissed the cheerful and frank withal, that there is young men on the cheek, fervently no company pleasanter : he is a great bestowed her benediction, to which the favourite with the Lady Rosabel ; and, good friar responded with a hearty I can promise you, the church owes amen ; and now came Sir Gilbert's many of its richest acres here to his turn to resign his bride into other influence with her."

hands, stranger hands now, even “ Methinks, however, Master Rich- though they were those of a mother ; ard the steward regards hin with no he had been walking a little apart, with great gooil will."

the fair Anna's arın drawn through his

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