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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
and you can feel the old earth jar under your feet! There was no oratory in the speech of the Learned Blacksmith, in the ordinary sense of that word, no grace of elocution, but mighty thoughts radiating off from his heated mind, like sparks from the glowing steel of his own anvil. The hard hands of Irish labor, with nothing in them,—they ring like slabs of marble together, in response to the wild appeals of O'Connell, and the British stand conquered before them, with shouldered arms. Ireland is on her feet, with nothing in her hands, impregnable, unassailable, in utter defenselessness,—the first time that ever a nation sprung to its feet unarmed. The veterans of England behold them, and forbear to fire. They see no mark. It will not do to fire upon men; it will do only to fire upon soldiers. They are the proper mark of the murderous gun, but men cannot be shot. It is coming to that [abolition of war] the world over; and when it does come to it, oh what a long breath of r
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Historical papers (search)
Association. But who is Daniel O'Connell? Ireland now does justice to him, the world will do so a great proportion of the landed property of Ireland, controlling church and state and law and revliament. The eyes of millions were upon him. Ireland –betrayed so often by those in whom she had pood was stricken down. No subject in which Ireland was not directly interested has received a gracts of the case. The Irish Reform Bill gave Ireland, with one third of the entire population of t And with this case of atrocious injustice to Ireland placed before the reformers of Great Britain,ession of feeling on the part of the people. Ireland had never, in any period of her history, boweas it been said that the deep vengeance which Ireland owed him was inflicted by the great criminal will show what means were made use of to drag Ireland, while yet mourning over her slaughtered chilman blood, unmoistened by a solitary tear. Ireland will be redeemed and disenthralled, not perha[5 more...]