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AUTHOR OF “IRISH MELODIES," “ LALLA ROOKH,”
Erc., ETC, ETC.
BY JAMES BURKE, A.B.,
AUTHOR OF “ABRIDGMENT OF LINGARD'S ENGLAND,”
“Dear Harp of my Country, in darkness I found thee,
The cold chain of silence had hung o'er the top so
And gave all thy chords to light, freedom and song
gistrar-Leaves Bermuda and travels through
observations upon the connection between Irish
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
I CANNOT but feel that to soine extent I am open to the charge of presumption, in having attempted so ambitious a task as to sketch the Great Master of Irish Song. The best apology I can plead for my boldness is, that in the following delineation of our National Poet, I have touched the canvass as seldom as possible, and have generally left it to the powerful pencil of Moore himself, or of some illustrious contemporary, to delight the beholder with that brilliant colouring which I should have in vain attempted to produce.
Nationality has been steadily kept in view in this volume, and I have, therefore, dwelt with especial interest on those portions of MOORE's poems and scarcely less melodious prose, which treat with glowing eloquence of the ancient glories and the protracted struggles of our country, her joys and her sorrows, her triumphs and her woes. As far as lay within the
I have endeavoured to destroy the idea so industriously propagated in several English and Scotch sketches of MOORE, that he was but the gilded butterfly of