Annals of the Famine in Ireland, in 1847, 1848, and 1849

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E. French, 1851 - Famines - 336 pages
The author's eyewitness account of Ireland during the famine.
 

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Contents

I
13
II
25
III
58
IV
93
V
134
VI
166
VII
179
VIII
264
IX
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Page 268 - OH! BREATHE NOT HIS NAME. OH ! breathe not his name, let it sleep in the shade, Where cold and unhonour'd his relics are laid : Sad, silent, and dark, be the tears that we shed, As the night-dew that falls on the grass o'er his head.
Page 37 - ... starving together. He staggered with his spade to the work ; the overseer objected ; but he entreated to be allowed to try. The servant went out and asked him to step into the kitchen ; and, reader, if you never have seen a starving human being, .may you never ! In my childhood I had been frighted with the stories of ghosts, and had seen actual skeletons ; but imagination had come short of the sight of this man. And here, to those who have never watched the progress of protracted hunger, it might...
Page 53 - For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive ? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Page 272 - The Great Spirit is no respecter of persons; He has made of one blood all the nations of the earth; He loves all his children alike; and his highest attributes are love, mercy, and justice.
Page 179 - EARTH, of man the bounteous mother, Feeds him still with corn and wine ; He who best would aid a brother, Shares with him these gifts divine.
Page 58 - ... still with corn and wine ; He who best would aid a brother Shares with him these gifts divine. Many a power within her bosom, Noiseless, hidden, works beneath; Hence are seed and leaf and blossom, Golden ear, and clustered wreath. These to swell with strength and beauty Is the royal task of man ; Man's a king, his throne is duty, Since his work on earth began.
Page 146 - She " was covered with the Light of Beauty; but her " heart was the House of Pride.
Page 85 - ... quality of the land, it comprises for this reason a rather indefinite quantity. . . . In some cases a tenant having any part of a townland (no matter how small) had his proportion in thirty or forty different places, and without fences between them, it being utterly impossible to have any, as the proportions were so very numerous and frequently so small that not more than half a stone of oats was required to sow one of such divisions.
Page 90 - All these circumstances connected together, has brought hunger to reign among them to that degree, that the generality of the peasantry are on the small allowance of one meal a day, and many families cannot afford more than one meal in two days, and sometimes one meal in three days. "Their children crying and fainting with hunger, and their parents weeping, being full of grief, hunger, debility and dejection, with glooming aspect, looking at their children likely to expire in the jaws of starvation.
Page 92 - ... and was so during winter, and some hundreds only covered with filthy rags, most disgustful to look at. Also, man and beast housed together, ie the families in one end of the house, and the cattle in the other end of the kitchen. " Some houses having within its walls, from one cwt. to thirty cwts. of dung, others having from ten to fifteen tons weight of dung, and only cleaned out once year!

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