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ALL HIS MELODIES, BALLADS, ETC.
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED WITHOUT 'THE ACCOMPANYING MUSIC.
PUBLISHED BY A. AND W. GALIGNANI,
In order to guard against the şuspicion of having been influenced in my choice of the subject of this work by any view to its apt accordance with the political feeling of the day, I think it right to state that the design of writing a Life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald had been taken up by me some months before any of those events occurred which have again given to the whole face of Europe so revolutionary an aspect. I question, indeed, whether this fear, lest the public should mistake my object, and consider as meant for the occasion what is intended as historical, would not have prevented me, were I now to chuse, from undertaking such a work at such a juncture : -but, having undertaken and written it, I see no sufficient reason why I should shrink from publishing it.
With respect to Ireland, her situation at present is, in most respects, essentially different from that in which the crisis commemorated in these pages found her. Of the two great measures, Emancipation and Reform, the refusal of which was the sole cause of the conspiracy here recorded, one has already been