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LIFE, TRIAL AND CONVERSATIONS

OF

ROBERT EMMET, ESQ.

Leader of the Krish Ensurrection of 1803 :

ALSO, THE

CELEBRATED SPEECH

MADE BY HIM ON THE OCCASION.

O breathe not his name, let it sleep in the shade,
Where cold and unhonoured his relics are laid;
Sad, silent, and dark be the tears that we shed,
As the night dew that falls on the grass o'er his head !
But the night c'ew that fails, though in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he sleeps;
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.-MOORE.

Stereotyped from the last Dublin Edition.

NEW-YORK:
PUBLISHED BY ROBERT CODDINGTON,

No. 4 City Hall PLACE.

1845.

Br. 12115, 4,

25 MARVARD COLLEGE

Stpt 5. 1929

LLIBRARY
Griet in stangen

THE UNINSCRIBED TOMB OF EMMET.

“ Let my tomb remain uninscribed, and my memory in oblivion, until other times and other men can do justice to my character."

« Pray tell me,” I said, to an old man who stray'd, Drooping over the grave which his own hands had made, “ Pray tell me the name of the tenant who sleeps 'Neath yonder lone shade where the sad willow weeps; Every stone is engrav'd with the name of the dead, But yon black slab declares not whose spirit is fled.”

In silence he bow'd, then beckon'd me nigh,
Till we stood o'er the grave—then he said with a sigh,
“ Yes, they dare not to trace e'en a word on this stone,
To the memory of him who sleeps coldly alone;
He told them-commanded the lines o'er his grave,
Should never be traced by the hand of a slave !

« He bade them to shade e'en his name in the gloom, Till the morning of freedom should shine on his tomb, • When the flag of my country at liberty flies, Then-then let my name and my monument rise.” You see they obey'd him—'tis thirty-three years, And they still come to moisten his grave with their tears.

“ He was young like yourself, and aspir'd to o’erthrow
The tyrants who fill’d his lov'd island with woe;
They crush'd his bold spirit-this earth was confin'd,
Too scant for the range of his luminous mind.”
He paus’d, and the old man went slowly away,
And I felt, as he left me, an impulse to pray.

Grant, Heaven! I may see, ere my own days are done,
A monument rise o'er my country's lost son !
And oh ! proudest task, be it mine to indite
The long-delay'd tribute a freeman must write;
'Till then shall its theme in my breast deeply dwell,
So peace to thy slumbers, dear shade, fare thee well!

THE

LIFE AND CONVERSATIONS

ROBERT EMMET, ESQ.

THERE are few persons whose name has been so hailed by the young and ardent, whose firmness and patriotism has been more admired, and whose character has produced a greater effects upon society, than the subject of these pages.

Robert Emmet was born in Dublin, in the year 1782, and was the son of Dr. Emmet, for, many years state physician in Dublin. He was the youngest brother of Thomas Addis Emmet, who, before the rebellion of 1798, had abandoned a respectable situation at the Irish Bar, in order to project and carry into execution, the schemes of that day, for an Irish Republic, and of course, separation from Great Britain.

Emmet was moulded in Nature's happiest form for his destined service. He possessed the physical qualities necessary for an accomplished

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