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"Whey dares- to speak'of '98?
• Who blushes at the name?"

Irish Ballad

"They say it is the fatal destiny of that land, that no purposes
whatsoever which are meant for her good will prosper or take good
effect; which, whether it proceed from the very genius of the soil, or
influence of the stars, or that Almighty God hath not yet appointed
the time of her Reformation, or that He reserveth her in this unquiet
state still for some secret scourge, which shall by her come unto
England, it is hard to be known but yet much to be feared."—Edmund
Spenser's View of Ireland. Written in the 16th century.

LONDON:

W. H. ALLEN & CO., 13 WATERLOO PLACE,
PALL MALL. S.W.

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(All rights reserved.)

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PRINTED BT W. H. ALLEN AND CO., 13 WATERLOO PLACE, PALI. MALL. PREFACE.

I "believe that the remarkable period of 1798 might be instructively recalled to public attention at the present time. This work comprises extracts from writers differing widely from each other, with my remarks on the subject.

A. S. G. CANNING.

London, May 1st, 1886.

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