daring lifted it, any time, in arms against England
, with hope or without,--what inspired them?
Devotion, eloquence, and patriotism seldom paralleled in history.
Who led them?
, according to Addison
, “the greatest genius of his age,” called by Pope
“the incomparable,” a man fertile in resources, of stubborn courage and tireless energy, master of an English style unequalled, perhaps, for its purpose then or since, a man who had twice faced England
in her angriest mood, and by that masterly pen subdued her to his will; Henry Flood
, eloquent even for an Irishman, and sagacious as he was eloquent,--the eclipse of that brilliant life one of the saddest pictures in Irish biography; Grattan
, with all the courage, and more than the eloquence, of his race, a statesman's eye quick to see every advantage, boundless devotion, unspotted integrity, recognized as an equal by the world's leaders, and welcomed by Fox
to the House of Commons as the “Demosthenes of Ireland
in the field, Sheridan
in the senate, Curran
at the bar; and, above all, Edmund Burke
, whose name makes eulogy superfluous, more than Cicero
in the senate, almost Plato
in the academy.
All these gave their lives to Ireland
; and when the present century opened, where was she?
Sold like a slave in the market-place by her perjured master, William Pitt
It was then that O'Connell
flung himself into the struggle, gave fifty years to the service of his country; and where is she to-day?
Not only redeemed, but her independence put beyond doubt or peril.
and his predecessors could get no guaranties for what rights they gained.
In that sagacious, watchful, and almost omnipotent public opinion
, which O'Connell
created, is an all-sufficient guaranty of Ireland
Look at her!
almost every shackle has fallen from her limbo; all that human wisdom has as yet devised to remedy the