Excerpt from Poems
And, certainly, if it be craven' to blush for the wild and daring rising of 1798, it is at least equal unmanliness to sneer at the movement of 1848. It failed, of course, for, in the forlorn situation of the Irish masses at that time, success was, humanly speaking, impossible. It was not the first time in history, as we fear it will not be the last, when the mailed hand of despotism could smite to the earth a struggling people and perpetuate a tyranny. From a military point of view, therefore, the revolutionary move ment was abortive - that must be confessed; but, as the protest of a nation against alien misgovernment, as a proud declaration of unflinching allegiance to the cause of liberty, it was most impressive and most successful. The world will long admire the vigor of the orators of '48, the com mingled fire and pathos of the poets of '48, and the fidelity and self-sacrifice of the people's leaders for these are the hings that can redeem a lost cause from oblivion and in ilto it immortal. Although the collection is, in the main, a republication, the book contains many pieces of.
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