A tour in Ireland in 1775

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Page 8 - Each person there may drink, and fill As much or little as he will; Exempted from the bedlam rules Of roaring prodigals and fools: Whether in merry mood or whim He takes a bumper to the brim; Or, better pleased to let it pass, Grows mellow with a scanty glass.
Page 105 - At their usual time the old couple retire to bed, leaving the young ones to settle matters as they can ; who...
Page 93 - ... be able to dart themfelves near fourteen feet perpendicular out of the water ; and allowing for the curvature, they leap at leaft twenty.
Page 93 - ... reach the top, they fwim out of fight in a moment. They do not bound from the furface of the water, and it cannot be known from what depth they take their leap ; it is probably performed by a forcible fpring with their tails bent ; for the . chief ftrength of moft fifh lies in the tail.
Page 91 - These in time become vivified, and take their course to the sea, being then about the size of a finger. After six weeks' or two months' stay they return up the same rivers, the salt water having in that short time caused them to attain considerable growth. They are then caught in weirs, which are formed by damming up the river except a space of three or four feet in the middle, which the salmon having...
Page 201 - ... half the Year; that others appear as if situated under a dropping Sponge : others buried in Snow; subject to Earthquakes ; exposed to the ravages of Volcanoes, or to irresistible Inundations; and others overrun by wild Beasts and venomous Animals; he will then be sensible, that in England he may spend a greater number of days in the open air, than in any other country. And when he considers the arbitrary and tyrannic governments, the slavery and poverty of the lower class of people, the pride...
Page 39 - Patrick, the patron and tutelary faint of Ireland, was born about the middle of the fourth century. In his Life I find it recorded that he daily rehearfed the whole pfalter, with a great number of prayers, and that he mortified himfelf by " faying every night fifty pfalms in water.
Page 90 - ... at Ballyshannon, which is unquestionably one of the most interesting and picturesque spots in Ireland. Ballyshannon is a small town in the county of Fermanagh, called in Irish " Feor-magh-canagh " — the country of the lakes. It is situated near the sea, with a bridge of fourteen arches over a river which a little lower falls down a ridge of rocks about twenty feet, and at low water forms one of the most picturesque cascades imaginable. It is rendered still more singular and interesting by being...
Page 42 - I had rather fpeak five words with my underflanding, that by my voice I might teach others alfo, than ten thoufand words in an unknown tongue.
Page 201 - Traveller) considers the arbitrary and tyrannic governments, the slavery and poverty of the lower class of people, the pride and ignorance of the opulent, and the superstition and bigotry of both, and compares them with the advantages which so eminently distinguish his own country, where the climate is temperate, the earth fruitful, the government mild, the inhabitants of both sexes intelligent, and the women remarkably beautiful, he will then rest contented with the happiness he enjoys by having...

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