Notices of the round towers of Ulster

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s.n., 1854 - Round towers - 86 pages

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Page 59 - Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had liv'da blessed time; for, from this instant, There's nothing serious in mortality : All is but toys : renown, and grace, is dead ; The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.
Page 10 - ... or done penance, fuch a limited time, " according to the heinoufnefs of their crimes, " they then were permitted to defcend to the " next floor ; and fo on by degrees, until they " came to the door, which always faced the " entrance of the church, where they ftood to "• receive abfolution from the clergy, and the,
Page 1 - Whose lonely columns stand sublime, Flinging their shadows from on high, Like dials, which the wizard, Time, Had raised to count his ages by...
Page 5 - ... in which small stones, shaped by the hammer, in default of suitable stones at hand, are placed in every interstice of the larger stones, so that very little mortar appears to be intermixed in the body of the wall ; and thus the outside of spawled masonry, especially, presents an almost uninterrupted surface of stone, supplementary splinters being carefully inserted in the joints of the undried wall.
Page 21 - What does not fade \ The tower that long had stood The crush of thunder and the warring winds, Shook by the slow but sure destroyer Time, Now hangs in doubtful rums o'er its base.
Page 47 - The cloictheach or belfry of this church stands," writes Harris in 1774, " ahout forty feet from the old cathedral, is sixty-six feet high, the thickness of the walls three feet, and the diameter of the inside eight feet. On the west side of it is an irregular gap about ten feet from the top, near a third of the whole circumference being broken off by the injury of time. The entrance into it is two feet and a half wide, and placed on a level with the surface of the ground...
Page 66 - ... what was become of the roll. The poor old man, fetching a deep sigh, confessed that he knew where the roll was, but that it was dearer to him than his life ; and therefore he would never deliver it out of his hands, unless my Lord Chancellor would take the like oath, that the roll should be restored...
Page 5 - ... uninterrupted surface of stone, supplementary splinters being carefully inserted in the joints of the undried wall. Such, also, is the style of masonry of the most ancient churches ; but it should be added that, in the interior of the walls of both, grouting is abundantly used.
Page 2 - These towers, then, are rotund, cylindrical structures, usually tapering upwards, and varying in height from fifty to perhaps one hundred and fifty feet; and in external circumference, at the base, from forty to sixty feet, or somewhat more. They have usually a circular, projecting base, consisting of one, two, or three steps, or plinths, and are finished at the top with a conical roof of stone, which frequently, as there is every reason to believe, terminated with a cross formed of a single stone.
Page 69 - Ireland; and a man who may be justly styled the Augustus of the north-west of Europe. He died after having gained the victory over the devil and the world...

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