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The walking dead twd rick daryl glenn maggie carol sasha carl zoombies negan. Screwing was a lousy way to try to stay in shape, Laurie said. We started having a lot of arguments. On the CRT, bicycle-riding figures spilled out of the belly of an aircraft. It was us, the Club trainers, our modelled movements.
I thought I could even recognize Laurie's energy, and remembered what it was about her that I first had loved. It was clear that no one had played it in months. I don't know why I found that so sad. The voice belonged to a sleepy-eyed teenager with the fashionable larval look: pale, shiny skin, vestigial segmentation. This one had a spider-leg walker linked into his sacrum.
Originally developed as a transport method for paraplegics, they had been seized upon by the mall maggots as a relaxing way of getting around. If you think you're ready. Other teenagers gathered around, each with his idiosyncratic transport replacement: lunar spring wheel, ground-effects skirt, even snail biosim, leaving a trail of incredibly low-friction goo that caused constant accidents. A minivan pulled up out of the heat waves of the mall parking lot, and a platform lowered itself from the rear to lift the kids in.
I stopped, startled by the flopping head and pale face of the driver. I pulled the door open, to be met by a blast of freezing air and the smell of preservative. Said that losing my mother at this age would leave me with a permanent feeling of abandonment. So we took the processors and RAMs out of some old Pentiums, rigged up some optical disks with movement repertoires on them, and stuck her all over with myoelectric connections.
She really doesn't seem that much different, tell you the truth She couldn't see anything with dead retinas, no way to reinvigorate the rhodopsin, but she drove expertly.
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A bank of microwave radar dishes all around the van gave her a great three- sixty view. Every time she made a major muscular movement, like shifting into a higher gear, the van's engine slowed. The Mom-hackers had run the myoelectric power points off the battery, and as the muscles got depleted of stored glucose more and more power was required for activation. Her movements were increasingly spastic. The coolant condenser, blazing hot under my feet, was already stressing the van's alternator to the limit. We drove past endless housing developments, from highway to highway, until we finally pulled off and stopped in front of a Tudor split-entry no different than any other in continental North America.
Laurie walked up to the front door and pushed it. It swung open on a dark interior. All the windows on the outside of the wall were fake, attached to the blank walls to make it match the neighborhood. The smell was foul. Collapse and decay. We made our way through the darkness.
The carpets were thick and damp under our feet. Walls were covered with mildew and fungus. A dim glow from upstairs gave us a goal. Rot had weakened the steps, which creaked ominously under our weight. Jorg sat in the middle of the room, presumably in a chair, though that was invisible under him. Despite myself, I was fascinated. Jorg looked offended.
This is all natural. No weird dermal hormone stimulation, either. The room was filled with skin, fold upon fold. Jorg's head sat on his body like a scoop of butter on a stack of flapjacks. The surface area was incredible. I could see the complex spray nozzles overhead that kept it clean and hydrated. It was that moisture that had permeated the house. It had probably been years since Jorg had visited any part of it other than this room.
Take too long to lose it, the skin shrinks Have you ever thought about it? He dimpled, pleased by the attention. This is my own private hobby. Something I share with only a few friends. The skin was incredible. Never exposed to the drying effects of the sun, it was pale and supple, without stretch marks or scarring.
It was a tough discipline. Gain three hundred pounds to stretch your skin out. Liposuction the fat out, then clamp the skin to make parts of it tight again. Regain the weight, stretching the clamped areas out. Lose again, reclamp If Jorg had been willing, he could have been a champion. I imagined him rotating on a display stand like a dessert in a deli, spotlit, a cheering crowd all around him.
Maybe I could persuade him, become his manager Nuclear war had fused the surface of the Earth into shining black glass. It gleamed in the sun. Nothing grew in it. Laurie and I skated across it on gigantic in-line skates. Ahead of us, the ground rose up to a range of mountains. The Rockies? It was hard to tell. They too had melted. She was just ahead of me. Her ass was beautiful as she worked her way up the slope. She looked back at me, smiled.
Isn't this great? I did. Climbing up the slope behind us, gaining on us, was what looked like a gang of skeletons. Their fishlike eyes were fixed on us, and I could see drool streaming from their spike teeth. This was all a simulation, nothing real. But I was terrified. I climbed after Laurie. Mile after mile we skated. The air blazed in my lungs. My legs, butt, and lower back cramped in agony. And still the skeleton guys pursued.
There were things in the thick glass. The remains of houses, bones sometimes. Once I recognized a Jeep Wagoneer, its tires melted, the radial belts flopping loose. Someone was still inside of it Our pursuers fired tiny razor-edged nunchuks at us. Most of them went wild and tinkled across the glass, but one sliced into my shoulderblade and sent blood streaming down my back. Another caught Laurie's ear. Within a few minutes her shoulder was soaked with blood. She didn't seem to care. Then we were over the pass, sliding down an endless expanse of smooth glass.
We moved faster and faster, with no way to stop or slow down. Laurie, ahead of me the whole way, was yelping with the joy of it. We must have been going fifty miles an hour, maybe faster. There were no features in the landscape to give it scale. Just the vast melted mountains behind us, and the endless plain of glass that stretched out ahead of us. The skeletons swept silently down behind us. I fell on the floor, retching. Laurie pulled the wires from her scalp and stood over me. Blood still dripped from her ear. I get ahead of Laurie by taking a shortcut, over Puffball's leg.
The vast deformed kneecap shifts under me and sends me over the side, to smash face down on the sweat-slick wrestling mats. Fortunately, the sweat's just a glycerine-electrolyte solution sprayed on for verisimilitude. I wipe it from my cheek. The mats are recycled from high school gyms in Iowa and Indiana, squashed flat from generations of corn-fed midwestern muscleheads trying to pin each other. The Club needs that connection with the old fitness, the waxy-yellow-salt-tablet, wind-sprint, fart-and-scratch, hurdler's-stretch, Ex-Lax-purged- weigh-in, flat-topped, towel-snapped-butt fitness, now long gone.
I lean against the sagging flesh of the inner thigh and look up at Puffball's face. His massive head is supported by a forest of recycled Keiser machine air cylinders, programmed to massage his cranial muscles to prevent unsightly sores. As the cylinders hiss, his expression changes, from anger, to despair, to idiotic glee.
Puffball went for Big. We all want Big, of course, but he thought he had a way around the natural limitations of biology. He got the guys in the lab back behind the whirlpool to pump him full of hormones, then infect him with some turbocharged version of Paget's Disease, a bone regeneration defect. They said they could control it, give him some mass, an imposing inertial frame. As usual, those biohackers fucked up, big time.
Boosted by the weird hormonal brew, his bones bubbled up like over-yeasted bread. His head weighs a couple of hundred pounds, and resembles a stack of concrete sacks left out in the rain by union construction workers reaching the end of their shift. One of his legs swelled up too, and is ten yards long, big as a fallen sequoia, with a knee like an inverted bathtub. The other one stayed close to normal size, and flails helplessly from his gigantic hip. He lives in the Club now. He can't leave.
They'd have to take the building apart. They made him an employee, and hooked his arm up to an IV drip from the syrup canister in the Coke machine. Someone has notched up his tibia, and we use it to stack chrome-plated dumbbells. He earns his caffeinated corn syrup, you can be sure. I freeze. It's Laurie, lying out on the mat. Not doing anything. Not exercising. Just lying there, as beautiful as ever. The Club lab boys developed an artificial dermis for hot- weather competition.
You know, when it's hot, humidity sky high, the sweat can't evaporate. Sweat glands pump out the water, core body temperature soars anyway, you keel over, uselessly soaked. Alcohol, however, evaporates freely, and even though its heat of vaporization doesn't match that of water, it makes a pretty good cooler out there on the track. So, they designed sweat glands that secreted pure ethanol. Get the matching liver fermentation booster and synthetic subcutaneous capillary net, you can down a pound of sugar the night before a big race, let your liver make ethanol while you sleep, then run your race, cool as a cucumber, while everyone else is rolling up eyeballs and dropping.
Problem came up just before the last Olympics. Big, high- profile proof of concept, name of the lab stenciled on the torchbearer's chiton as he headed out from Olympus. You've seen it. Everybody's seen it. Here again our hiftory vindicates the Roman writer, and ftrongly confirms our claim to the prime feat of arts and arms. Military orders of knights were very early eftablifhed in Ireland. Long before the birth of Chrift we find an hereditary order of chivalry in Ulftcr, called Curaidhe na Craoibhe ruadh, or the Knights of the Red Branch, from their chief feat in Emania, adjoining to the palace of the Ulfter kings, called Teagh na Craoibhe ruadh, or the Academy of the Red Branch ; and contiguous to which was a large hofpital, founded for the lick knights and foldiers, called brvn-bhearg, or the houfe of the forrowful foldier.
Accordingly we find, A. Niagb Nafe, or of the collar, from a Nafe-or, or collar of gold, which they wore round the neck. None could gain admittance into any of thefe orders but fuch as were of. In the life of St. Certainly this method of carefully training and educating young gentlemen, from feven to eighteen years, muftbe admitted as more ho- nourable to chivalry, and to the wife inftitutors of it, than the modern methods of qualifying for, and of con- ferring thefe honours. But knighthood,in ancient Ireland, was not a mere title!
Selden in his titles of honour, page , is clear, that the original of chivalry in Germany and Gaul, had no fort of refe- rence to the knights of ancient Rome, but mud have arofe from thexnfelves, " or the other warlike nations of " the north. From the very early jnfti- tutions of fuch bands amongft us. Csefar tells us, that the knights were attended by their ambafti, and clients. No man. What the particular vows of our ancient knights were, cannot at prefent be exadtiy ascertained; but from what the foldiery, on their admiffion into the Irifh legions, were obliged to fwear, we may reafonably be- lieve they were romantically brave.
The foldiery bound themfelves on pain of death, i. Not to commit violence on women, but rather to defend them. To relieve x the poor, the diftrefled, and opprefled, to the utmoft of their power. Never to retire, much, lefs fly, though attacked by nine men of any other country. The Shipping coming in and going out of the ports, were alfo to pay their duties to the princes in whofe partition they happened to lie. Both parties met on the plains of Lena, in Connaught ; but the monarch dreaded the iflue of the battle, on account of the uncommon bravery of Eugene r and of his vete- rans.
It was therefore propofed in council, the evening ' before the battle, to attack the Munfter army at midr night. Where this decifive battle was fought, there yet remains ' two hills, faid to be the burial-places of thefe two heroes. TTius, when the Milcfian fleet after the murder of Ith, who had been fent from Spain to make difcoveries on. No doubt but many readers will ft are, to think a people already in pofleffion of a 1 country, fhould, from a point of honour, expofe themfelves anew to the dangers of the fea : but fuch was the fad!
A fortnight after the delivery of this meffage, the battle was fought. This battle became fo remarkable an event in Ireland, that, until the reception of chriftiariity, many of our fenachies, reckoned a new sera from it. Here we fee, a lawlefs invader, under the ban of his country, not only make good his landing, but bold and open enough, inftead of taking the advantage which his ituation afforded, to declare his intention, and by agreement, to fix the ifiue of it to a certain day.
In the beginning of the eleventh century, Brien Boru, king of Munfter, afpired to the monarchy ; but, agree- able to the rules of his country, he fent an herald to Malachy the fecond, then monarch, announcing his in- tentions, ancfto inform him, that he intended marching a large army to take pofieflion of Tara ; and to require hoftages for his future good behaviour.
The terms Brien agreed to, but fuch was the weaknefs of the monarchy, by reafon of the long Dani h wars, and the little union in the eftates of the kingdom, that the ambafiadors which Malachy fent to the princes of Ireland, to demand their quota of troops to defend the monarch, returned without fuccefs : thus unfup- ported and friendlefs, at the time appointed he waited on Brten, who was encamped at fome diftanoe from Tara, at the head of horfe, and told him candidly his misfortunes ; that it was not through fear of him, or his forces, that he furrendered to him the imperial throne, but that neceffity compelled him to take this humiliating ftep.
It is remarkable that this is the firft inftance in Irifh fciftory, of a monatch's farming the lofs of his crown. In the perfon of James I. It is needlefs to inform the public, hat foon after this fubmiffion of the Irifli, a fliam plot was pretended, by which fix entire counties of the North became forfeited, which James, with a liberal hand, beftowed on his j T Scotch favourites. Oh t the expulfion of James the II. Irifli declined the generous offers of king Willianl, who admired their bravery and revered the!
The firft part of this propofal they heard with impatience, the Second with high difdain. The attack was made by a large body of foot, Supported by cttiraffiers, and after a bloody conflict of two hours, the Germans retreated : the Trim purfued their advantage, ruihed from behind their works, and attacked them in the - ftreets. For, not only every great family of the kingdom retained an hiftorian, but the ftate appointed others of fuperior degree, to examine critically and accurately, every third year, the different annals of the fenachies j and whilft the fevereft punifliments awaited fuch as would dare to abufe this great truft, by advancing the leaft falfhood, their perfons and properties were inviolate whilft they adr hered to, truth.
By thefe it appears, that from the moft rempte anti- ' quity, the Irifh were a learned, a, pious,' and warlikb nation ; that they were originally a Scythian colony, who, under Phenius, the famous inventor of letters, firft fet- tled in Egypt 5 that Niul, his fon, who was learned like his father, married Scota, daughter to the king of Egypt, and refided near the Red Sea, and had an only fon called Gathclu6. In the days of Sru, grandfon to Gathelus, the Egyptians becoming jealous of thefe people, ex r pelled them the country. This account, however, true or 'falfe, cannot affect the certainty -of the faithful Milefian records : thus far our annals.
German, lib. Fion, a descendant from the great Ollamh Fodla, was monarch of Ireland,, A. Diodorus Siculus tells us, that in very remote times, the river Nile, like the country, was called Egypt, but! It is worthy remark, thai in the whole Egyptian hiftory, one prince only, of the name pf Nil us, or Niulus, is to bp found. Egypt was anciently cafled Mm 5 Ireland retains the fame name yet. And whilft the facred and common character of the Egyptians is totally loft, the Irifli have, to this day, preferred both of theirs pure and uncorrupt, notwithstanding the fobg and cruel wars they have been engaged in for fome cen- turies pad, and the fhameful neglect, nay, reproachful contempt, hewn to both for near a century : and this clearly explains what Caefar afferts—?
This is proved, i. From the form of their tonfure: 2. From die time of celebrating the feaft of Eafter : but 3. Our great poet Sedulius, in the fifth century, traverfed the Eaft, and dedicated a book to Theodofius the emperor, Bede, in his Ecclefiaftical Hiftory of Britain f, tells us, that a famous fynod was held in Northumberland, A. Aengujius, who ' flourifhed in the eighth century, and who, on account of hi? As to the refidence Qf our anceftors in Greece, alf preek writers are unanimous, that, in remote times the Greeks were rude and uncivilized, totally ignorant of arts and culture, and lived on bread and water until about twelve centuries before Chrift 4 that a fet of peo- ple, expelled from.
Egypt, came to Qreece in gueft of. Aod- haire pronounced aire is Irifh for a a ihepherd, and in Greek Efvu, fignifies to watch, or take care of. How near is this Abelius to our Beal, or the Sun? I fliould be more mi- nute in this inveftigation, did I judge it neceflary ; but fuch as defire further information, may eonfult a work very lately put into my hands, wrote by the learned Dr. Hence it would feem, that the Cabiri were the Penates, or houfehold gods, of thefe emigrants, and the Corybates, the priefts of the Cabiri, as they were called on all fudden emergencies ; in like manner we find, in our domeftic hiftory, that, the priefts of Crom, or Jupiter, were called Cruim-thear, or the priefts of Crom.
To thefe it was that Pliny attributed the invention of the warlike dance j and Virgil calls Crete, Curetum oris : Et tandem antlquis Curetum allabimur oris. STUDY OF but left all this ftiOuld not be thought fufficient to identify the people, we are told that they jacrifieed in wods and grows j a worfliip indifputably obferved by our anceftors.
From this practice, it is more than probable! In their public halls were two apartments 5 the firft for ftrangers, who were ferved before the king w or his nobles. De Feria y Soufa, a Spanifli knight, in his Hif- tory of Portugal, mentions Gathelus's arrival there, and failing from thence to Ireland, as traditionary. D' Al- tered, in his Spanifli antiquities, as.
But lead thefe might be fuppofed mere Irifh names, I obferve, that our ancient frrwdl coinfc were the prinigin, or penny y Jcrubaly of three-pence, and bon 9 or four-pence piece. Mac Gcoghegac, vol. Of the Hyperborean nation — Ireland the country alluded fa — -proofs that the Druid J made ufe of temples. Hecataeus a very ancient writer an ifland of confiderable extent, little lefs than Sicily, lying oppofite to the Celtfc, and inhabited by the Hyperboreans.
In it is a targe u grove, and. Let us fee how far our hif- tpry, which has hitherto thrown fuch light on many ob- fcure paflages in ancient writers, may affift us in ex- plaining the above. Mi lite. Pace, Fide! Per fruitful foil for ever teems with wealth, With gems her waters, and her air with health ; Her verdant fields with milk and honey flow, Her woolly fleeces vie with virgin fnow.
The name of Injula Sacra, taken from the Greeks, has been fuppofed to have been conferred on Ireland, after their conversion to Chriftianity ; but I contend for it, and, I think, hall be able to prove in my fecond part, that they enjoyed this appellation long before the admiffion of the Chriftian religion amongft them. Their fondnefs for mu- fic and poetry exceeded that of all other nations. Every family retained a filea, or poet, and a crotarie, or harper. The language feemed happily adapted to poetry, by its fpftnefs and fweet tones ; and its luxuriancy and expref- fivenefs, never left the bard at a lofs for words.
Hence it is, that manufcript profodies, with examples of verification, have been at all times, and are to this day, common, CMulloy, in his Irifh Latin grammar, publiflied at Rome, in tlie beginning of the laft century, has given the rules and fpecimens of our modes of verfification, which may be feen in Dr, Lhuid's Archaeologia ; alfo Gratianus Lucius, and Mr.
Even Dr. How celebrated they were for mtrfic formerly, Cam- hrenfis himfelf attefts. As to the harp, we find in all nations, ancient and modern, the Deify praifed with mufical founds : may we not fup- pofe this was efpesially the cafe in Ireland? But, with Regard.
Tighernas fiourifhed about years be- fore the Chriftian sera. In the reign of Tuathal, A. Jpcelyn the monk f tells us, that Loagaire, the Iri h monarch, cotemporary with St. I Ogypa, p. Now, it is a point cafily refolved, that deities, ornamented as the above, would not be fuffered to remain in the open air ; and the Greek hiftory makes it clear, that oracles were delivered in temples ; and that the priefts derived considerable ad- vantages from them. Keating, from a MS.
Collumba, affures us, that in this apoftle's days, a moft fuperb druid temple flood in Tire Connell, in which was an altar of exquifite workmanfhip, ornamented with precious ftones. From thefe domeftic proofs, let us now recur to fo- reign ones. We are alfo told, that Lucius deftroyed the temple of Apollo at Weftminfter, called Thornie, and on its ruins began the church of St. Peter, A. The venerable Bede, is very full 01a this head f.
But this very charge carries with it, its own confutation. For Cambrenfis himfelf, that avowed ene- my to Ireland, and who vifited the country in 1 , de- scribes minutely thofe narrow and lofty round towers, peculiar to, and fo common in Ireland f ; and Mr. Another fine anchorite tower, with feven, fmall churches, raifed in the feventh century, by St. All our annals agree, that foon after clear- ing the country of woods, and laying it out for tillage, the next care of our anceftors was, to ereft fumptuous edifices ; ami fure no one will doubt, but that they who built the city of Braganza in Spain, and whofe fore- fathers refided fo.
This houfe has been highly celebrated for its magnificence and ele-. Patrick himfelf, was then " fallen tp the ground. Patrick, built a monaf- tery in the ftreet, before the royal feat of the kings of ErgiaL In the latter end of the 7 th century, Ufher informs us that bells were ufed in the churches of Ireland f ; and immediately after we are told, that Turgefius the Dane, amongft other inftances of devaftation, caufed the church pi Mayo, coyere4 over with lead, to be burnt to the ground.
In 1 1 39, Maoffeaciiin the monarch founded St. Mary's Abbey, in Dublin. The prefent cathedralof Limeric was origi- nally a palace for the kings of North-Munfter, and built. In the fecond tome of the Chron. In the reign of Tureldach 6 Connor, A. In fhis poem, quoted by Keating, and other antiquarians, and which is yet extant, we find defcribed the attitudes of the marble effigies of thefe different herpes, preferved at Rolic na Riogh, and Brugh na Boine, in Connaught. The venerable monuments of St.
Patrick, St. Rumoldi, p. In the eaft end of the cathedral of Scattery, and In the ftone that clofes the top of the altar window, is yet to be feen the head of St. Senanus, with his mitre, boldly executed. Near to this church, they fliew his monument. Brandon, its patron, with his crozier and mitre. Smith, I know not why, will have it to be that of bifhop Stack. Near this fine church was a lofty anchorite tower, which partly fell to the ground fome years fince j but from the known tafte of Lord Brandon, it can hardly be fuppofed that he will fuffer fo fine a piece of antiquity, and fuch an ornament to his im- provements, to be loft, efpecially as all the materials lie pa tkjs fpot.
In a word, over all the deceafed of any confequence, were formerly ftonc inscriptions, fome few of which, in fequeftejed churches, yet remain, which I have not been able to underhand,, though fome of the letters are Hebrew. But alas! Abridged, vol. TEW "OP. But fince thefe corrupters of truth and hiftory, refufc us the honour of building our own cities, we mufl; not be furprized to find them confidently affirm, that we had not houfes of ftone amongft us, until the detefted acceffion of the firft Stuarts! This country was the ancient property of the O'Lihane's, of which they were dtfpoflefled by the Barrys or Mac Adams, as they call themfelves, in the 12th century, and called Eoibhe Ui Libane y or the territory of O'Lx- hane.
Cork, vol 1. CathoL p. Our early profefibrs were' eminently fkilled in thefe, and fpread them not only over Ireland, but the continent. At Cluan Mac Nois, many infcriptions in Hebrew 1 and Greek have been dug up ; and I am perfiiaded, might v in other places, did curiofity or encouragement prompt people to fearch. To this day, at Lifmbre they have a tradition, that many Greeks formerly ftudied there. The church of Trim, in Meath, is yet called the Greek church: fome remains of ancient buildings Defpeak a knowledge of Greek architecture.
Rowland, filled with a laudable zeal for his countty of Anglefey, would have it, that this happy Hyperborean ifland, mull mean Anglefey ; and that the famous Abaris might be, an Ap. Rees, in the Welflr. But his pretenfions are juftly cenfured by the authors of the Univerfal Hiftory, who think the ifland alluded to, mud be Ireland or England. His conjedure that Abaris was miftaken for Ap. Rees, hews what abfurdities the cleared heads may be led into, to fupport a favourite hypothecs j especially when he makes Abaris a furname, wear two tlioufand years before they were known.
It is highly probable then, that Abaris was an Irifli- xnan, and a druid and the name is common and peculiar to us, even to this day! Declan, and St. Hear the learned Colgan on this head, than whom a more knowing antiquarian, in the ancient hiftory and language of his country, thefe latter ages have not produced f.
That they were endowed with a rambling fpirit, as Artemidorus remarks, is certain. Mait- land f with that want of candour peculiar to Caledonian writers, the learned. Robertfon only excepted upbraids Dr. Why not then fuppofe, the early Irifli well acquainted with thefe fciences? Bliadhan, which is the Irife for a year, feems to prove it, being derived from Beai the fun, and iEin a circle, or the fun'ft revolution, which is juft a year ; and ratba, which is Irifli for a quarter of a year, the learned Dr.
But, in thefe latter times, fince the Jefuits condemned as fabulous all the aftro- nomical tables and hiftories of China, which went fur- ther back than years, why not fuppofe that the early Chriftians did the fame in Ireland? Certain it is, that St. Patrick caufed above? Many of thefe lived in the eighth century ;- and VirgiHus might very well adopt their philofophy, whilft he d - fpifed their religion. The people of England and Ireland feem at prefent greatly to regret the depredations committed on Irifh writings, and to wifli for fome rnethod to collect them.
The late Dr. How- ever, we have ftrong reafcns to think, though fuch writings are not now, that they were forrqerly, in great abundance there ; for the author of the Analeft tells us 9 that the king of Denmark, in the days of Elizabeth, was fo folicitous to have the Irifh manufcripts in his pof- N feffion tranflated, that he applied, by his ambafiador, to the queen, for fome able Irifhmen to fet about this work. Donal 6 Daly, a man every way qualified for the under- ' taking, then confined in the King's Bench, was applied to, and ready to engage in the work ; but, on a council's being called, a certain member, whom he fays, it is net necejjary to name, oppofed the fcheme, left it might be prejudicial to the Englifh intereft.
L Of the Milejian Syftem of Government. Every part of the conftitution had an eye tq the whole, and the fecurity of the people, from tfre higheft to the loweft, depended on the prefervation of the ftate inviolate : for k will appear, even from a flight view, that the fnialleft fuccefsful attack upon any part of the conftitution, muft have been the deftruftion of the whole.
After the fettlement of the Spanifh invaders in Ire? The knights and- prime nobiHty five, with a gold chain round the neck, and breaft-plate of pure gold. The bea- tachs four ; military officers three y and fo on. This regulation fo wife in itfelf, we find praclifed by the po- lite ft nations of antiquity.
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An inftance of moderation and veneration for the laws not eafily paralleled from the hiftory of other nations. The OUamhs or dofikors , in the different fciences, who were of the moil noble families, had alfo their Adbbbars r or fucceffors declared in their life-time. IQJ to fucceed him in office.
Even artifans and tradef? The provincial kings were in miniature, what the monarch was at large! The hereditary matfhals of Connaughtp f Cambrenfis Everfits, p. This territory includes the Queen's county, and got this name from Laoighfeach, of the progeny of Connal Ceaniach, to whom it was beftowed fey the kings of Leinfter, for his pesfenal bravery, and vhofeToprefentajtiye is. The Mac Namaras marfhals of Thomond.
Purky of blood became an objefr, of ftate in Ireland, very early. In the reign of Ollamh Fodla, rape or vio- lence offered to women, was punifhed by death, and out of the power of the prince to pardon 5 and adultery, of courfe, mud have been held in equal detedation, as it was in all other Celtic nations of Europe. Yet Mr. Hume qfferts that adultery was common in Ireland, whilft he confefles with aftonifliment, that Mac Murrough was expelled for it.
Took 1. But f rpm the num- ber of idler? I 7 two art? Amongft the Chinefe, the miflionaries letters tell us, that one or two perfoqs conftantly attend the Emperor, flrhofe fble bufincfe an4 4uty it is, tp note down every. How much more efficacious mi ft the Icifh inftitution have been, where fuch numbers were appointed, not privately or by ftealth, but publicly, and in open day, tp obferve, and faithfully tranfmit to pofte? But, as this could not be procured without adequate merit, they facrificed every eonfideration to it.
To be hof- pitable, generous, and brave, was the fole bufinefs of the princes, the knights, the nobility, and foldiery: to blazon thefe virtues, was the duty pi the hiftorian, an? When they fat to determine in folemn and interefting trials, we are told that the chief judge had a kind of collar placed round his neck, which had the wonderful power of contracting or prefling in pro- portion to the injuftice of the fentence, and to it eafy. And it is irom this great refped for their ancient laws, that, upon the reception of thofe of England, in the reign of James J.
And I hall venture to affirm, that the greater knowledge we acquire in the natural hiftory of our country, the fuller the evidences will be of the fuperior wifdom of our great anceftors. And, in another part of faid poenl, we afe told, thai on their return from court, their clothes were adorned with gold, and their buikins ft itched with gold threads.
Luc4 p. From an old manufcript, quoted by O'Duvegnanf, we are told, that St. Patrick alone had no lefs than three goldfmiths in his family, whofe very names are preferved. Columba, ornamented with grand plates of filvtf, to hare been preferred in the church of Ketls. GoluitfBa, we are told f , that in his days, in the North, was a famous druidicai temple of exquifJte workmanfliip ; and on its altaf, tohich was very fuperb, were painted in glafs y beautiful reprefenfatidns of the fun, moon and ftarsy being thfc heatfietf deities. In the abbey of Buttevant, in the county of Cork, were fine paintings in Frefco, the remains of fome of which are yet vifible, and fo neat us as Adair; the hofpitable feat of Col.
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If in the infancy of the Scottifli monarchy, part of the province of. The ftories related of thefe militia are poffibly a good deal exagge- rated ; but it was from the remnants of the odes of our ancient bards, on different tribes of thefe heroes, that honeft James Mac Pherfon formed his famous Epic Poems of Fingal and Temora, in which he has judi- cioufly fynchronized heroes who notorioufly flourifli- ed at very diftant periods from each other. The fa- mous Cuchullin, and Conall Gearnach, knights of the Red -Branches, he makes contemporary with Fionne Mac Cumhal and Offine, though the two firft, figured about the birth of Chrift, and the others near three 4 centuries later ; and to carry impofition to the height, he joins them all in a Danifli war, though theft in- vaders were pot heard of in Europe, until the be- ginning of the 9th century!
Mac Pherfon, ignorant of all this, renders this, laft, King of Morvtn, and is at no mall pains to find where this Morvin lay in Scot- land! Ogygia, p. We fee them the t? The Danes, make an eafy prey of them next, and after- wards the Normans! And much later than this their pofterity fend their wool to be manufaftured in Flan- ders, and their very trade is carried on by foreigners! But what in all thefe cafes have we to inform us, but the faithful records of hiftory? And if we rejedfc them without reafon in one, why not in every inftance?
Surely, to form our notions of ancient times, from modern ap- pearances, or of modern times frojn ancient ones, will more probably involve us in fcepticifm and ignorance. The evidences that our anceftors had a confidefabfe naval force, are full and clear ; and our ancient annals affure us, that even in Egypt, they were fo powerful, and fo expert in maritime affairs, as to be able to feize on the fleet of Pharaoh.
Such was the marriages of Ugaine More, A. Matty more inftances of this kind could, be produced, if necefiary. Eoohaid EureeaSj A. We have even Caledonian evidence of our early power by? Campbell tells us, " that the Scots. Yki S.
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No country in the world feemed better calculated for ft great maritime power. Even the names of places, ftill point out our ancient naval power. The Danes, well in- formed of thefe preparations, and unable to face the Mamonians in the fjeld, had their royal captive conveyed on board their fleet, then lying in the bay of Dundalk, intending to carry him to Danemark.
Both fides prepared for hpftilities, and the conflift foon becanie fierce and bloody. The indignity offered their beloved prince, exalted. Ceal- lachan, on whofe fafety the fate of the day depended. Innate refolution was in vain oppofed, to fuperior numbers : the Daniih power feemed at length to prevail ; and Fiongal faw no alternative, but deadly or captivity. In fuch a fituation, he took a refolution worthy his noble blood ; at one bold effort, he forced through his enemies, feized on Skric, and grafp?
Magnus, and precipitated with them into the ocean where all four peri bed i During this unexampled fcene of horror, the other fhips on both fides, were not idle- The Irifh every where boarded the Danes j nor to their fury, had they regaTd to rank or condition, though all the Danifti land- forces were on board. And even a confiderable time after the battle of Clontarf, we find Tireldach O'Connor, then mcmarch of Ireland, equip a fleet t of fliips, with which he forely infefted'the Munfter coafts for fome years ; and which, in the end, as we hall hew elfewhere, laid the foundation of the ruin of this great kingdom f.
HE fame wiftlom and forefight, which formed the great outline of die confthution feems to have been extended to its minuted parts. The greateft nations of antiquity have venerated the plough and the harrow ;. Keating, p. Ltic p. How clearly does this account for the fpeedy increafe of population and of riches, in Ireland. In the latter end of the laft century, when it became fafhionaMe to ridicule every thing that was Irifh, the proofs of early induftry in this country could not be got over-; Mr. Molyneux, in a letter to the then arch- bifhop of Dublin , which, with other detached -pieces, was fome years ago reprinted is forced to acknowledge, that, " Ireland has certainly been better inhabited for- " merly than it is at prefent.
The bog of Culiin, in the county of Tipperary, has been, within tfrefe years, arable ground for in digging deep into it, the learned Mr. O'Murphy has af- fured me, a fine foil for vegetables was vifible, and even tobacco pipes, half fmoaked, have been found in it, near the trunks of half-burnt trees. In cutting the canal through the large bog of Doonafs, it is well known, the roots and hoots of a fine oak wood were difcovered under the turf; and-, I am told, the fame has been found in many bogs cut into for the Dublin canal.
In a word. Had he, and 'Other writers like him, taken the pains to confult their own early writers, they would have Teen the imperti- nence of their cenfures. What an honourable evidence to Ireland, from an avowed enemy to the country, and who came here with the firft Englifh invaders. Cathoi p. The diocefs of Limeric alone formerly contained 1 30 churches, the ruins of which are Jet vifible, befides monafteries and chapels of eafe ; and it is now doubtful if the whole county, which conftitutes two diocefes, namely, Lime- rick and - Emly, has forty incumbents!
In a word, if we turn our eyes to any part of the kingdom, the remains of old churches and other fublic buildings fufEciently proclaim the number, of its ancient inhabitants. This prince flourifhed A. That they ufed large veflels to tranfport their troops, we cannot doubt. In the reign of Conuing, firnamed the Dauntlefs, our hiftoriaris tell us, that our anceftors diftinguifhed them- felves on the Continent, as well as in Britain.
I35 called Righ-Dearg, or of the Red Ann. Our hiftories tell us, that the incurfions into Gaul, Ger- many, and Britain, were intended to give the Romans fo much employment abroad, that they could not think of attacking us, at home. Ciaudian makes this alliance between the Irifh and Qermans, as clear as can be, in the following lines j as - well as the pre-eminence of the firfl.
In his fecond book, de Laudib. Stilichonis, Claudian as before mentioned thus intro? Totam cum Status lernen Movit, et infefto fpumavit remige, Tethys. And woe be to fcep- tics and mifbelievers! Admitting the expreflion of the Roman writer in its utmoft latitude, the conqueft of Ireland with fo inconfiderable a force, muft needs imply friends there, ready to affift the invaders ; for the hiftorian is clear, that Agricola, under the colour of friendfhip intended ufing this Irifh adventurer as we have feen in our own days happen more than once in Scotland for his own ends ; and I am fure that this Piflt would think it no compliment to truth or his country, were I to affirm, that the fon or grandfon of James the Second under- took to conquer all Britain with men, and yet we know, fuch had like to have been the cafe, without any auxiliaries whatever!
JL HE pomp and fplendor difplayed by the manarchs and provincial kings of Ireland was equal to the power and riches of the country. The proofs of this may be collected, from the folemn manper in which they were crowned ; from the elegance and riches of their palaces ; from their body guards, and hereditary crown officers. It was by means of his crown, that Brien Boru, after the battle of Cluantariff, was difcovered by fome fugitive Danes, and put to death; and when his fon Donatus, opt of devotion or policy, went to Rome, he carried with him his provincial crown, which he made a tender of to the pope.
As Ireland however is the only country in the world, whofe hiftory will not be admitted as legal evidence- in her behalf, without col- lateral proofs, it "may not he improper to obferve, that in the year , a crown of gold was found fin the. It feems aifo to have been a monarch's crown, having a refemblance to the clofe crown of the Eaftern empire. This crown was pur- chafed by Mr. In , Mr. Whether our Chriftian monarchs were anointed at their inauguration, is not quite certain, though men- tioned by Gratianus Lucius.
Chriftianity was early received, and more di- ligently cultivated in Ireland than in any other country in the world, and among many other ceremonies, that of anointing was foon borrowed from the Jewifti rites by the Chriftian btfhops. Adamnanus, who Wrote in the feventh century, in his life of St. Morlaife, ordered him to Scotland, never oiore to behold his native country.
Thus qualified, they publicly folicited the fuf- frages of the princes, nobility and people. An oath is then admini-. We are told, that in his time, mod of the utenfils of the court were all pure gold or Giver : when he dined in ftate, that he was waited upon by of the moft diftinguifhed gentlemen of the 4 Ogygia p. The different military orders of the kingdom feem to have been the particular guards of each prince.
We are told, that Con of the joo battles was murdered by fifty ruffians, attired like women, who waited their opportunity, and furprized him, unattended by his Loachs or guards. In later ages the Munfter guards were called Dal Geais, a mod intrepid body of men ; and the palace of Brien Boru, beyond Killaloe, was called Cean Corradb, or the houfe of the chief of the heroes. Befide their knights and body guards, their courts were rendered confpicuous by the hereditary crown officers.
Thefe faxes were fixed, and regifters kept of them, and to this day the particular duties impofed on the different parts- of the kingdom are known. No fubjeft, at public aflfemblies, durft approach nearer Ihe monarch or prince, than the length of a long fpear ; and there they fat, each according to his dignity, as may be collected from a poem of O'Higgin's. Next to him was the hereditary marflial ; then the ftatidard bearer ; and then the hereditary treafut er. All thefe different offices, have been kept up in TJlfter, and in parts of Munfter and Conaught, until the accefllon of James the Firft.
Thus in the days of Elizabeth, A. In the year 1 1 50, when by the Danifh ravages, the nation was not able tc f up- port with proper dignity, the number of bifhops, they were reduced by a decree of pope Eugene the Third ; and cardinal Papiron came to Ireland, with palliums for the four archbifbops, under whom were appointed 25 bifhops only. Since that time, fo weakened has the ]cingdom been, that in fome places two, in others three bishopries are united, to fupport a fingie dignitary.
Adamnanus, primate of all Ireland, and of the greateft part of Europe. Britain, at lead the Saxon territories, depended in fpirituals on Ire- land, formerly, is what I affirm 5 and my proofs arc full. Collumha, apoftle of North Britain, an,Iri h- man, founded the abbey of Huy, which was the head of the rejigious houfes of that country. The vene- rable Bede tells us J, that the head of this monaftery , though but a prieft, was fupreme of all the churches and bifhops of Scotland ; and this prieft, it mud follow, received his ordination at home.
His houfe muft be. J Hift, Ecclcf. Patrick, Colkimba and Adamnanus," or archbifliops of Ireland and Albany. Colman, the third Irifli biftiop of Lindisfarren, in a famous fynod held in Northumberland, A. Mag- nus, as I find it quoted by Wardeus, p. See alio an Englifh tranflation, voL 2, p.
We even find many of their cuftoms adopted by the Romans themfelves. If there were many candi- dates, and but one only approved of, he was faid to be crowned, contra opines poet as. Ulpius Apolauftus was fo digni? Juvenal, Sat. The well-known ftory of Diocletian, and many others, might be produced as evidence of the acquaintance of the Romans with druidifm. But it will be a reafonable. Auguftus Caefar built a temple in Gaul, to Circius, or the wind that blows on the Gaulifh coaft. The wind, we know, was worfhipped ih Ireland ; and Criche, from which Circius feems evidently derived, fignifies a terri- tory, or country.
A temple- was built at Rome, to Belus, or the Sun,' and fuch is the deified name of this planet here. Public contefts began at Rome, in the days of Domitian, who, before his elevation to the empire, cultivated the fine arts. Such were always kept up in Ireland, and there were public feflions of the poets at ftated.
Mac Donnell, a man of great erudition, and a profound Irifh antiquarian and poet, whofe death I fenfibly feel, and from whom, when a boy, I learned the rudiments of our language, conftantly kept up this cuftom. We find the literati of Rome, as well as the knights, wore gold rings ; and this cuftom was eilablifhed in Ireland a confiderable time before the foundation of the Roman republic. In Germany, about the ninth, tenth, gad eleventh centuries f we find a. The emperors them- felves, when they were not knighted by their predecef?
Henry III. In , William, earl of Holland, intended king -of the Romans, was fir ft knighted. In , Lewis XI. The very Jearned Selden,, in his Titles of Honour, is clear, that the cuftpm of knight- hood in Germany could not be borrowed from the an? To the reafons offered in the fourth chapter of the 'firft part of this work, to hew that the Germans borrowed this cuftom from Ireland, I hall here add, that they and the; Irifh held always a clofe correfpondence, and that the patrons of many churches in Germany are Irifhmen, But had we not even thefe clues to the origin of chivalry on the continent, to what hiftory of any European na- tion, but the Irifh, coujd we recur, to trace out this cuffom?
We find military orders fo ancient, that we can fcarcely tell when they began among us. The Saxon chiefs preferred this power, conferred on them by Mac Mur- rogh. The Geraldines of Defmond made knighthood hereditary in fome branches of their family : Hence the White Knight, the Knights of the Valley, and the Knights of Kerry, honours carefully kept up to this day. In the church of St. Mary, in the Holy yidndy and above Killaloe, is a curious monument over the burial place of the Mac O'Briens, of Ara, the laft of which princely line, and but a gentleman farmer, was killed by his horfe lately.
About the time that chivalry was introduced on ther continent, we find Foets-laureat folemnly crowned with great pomp, and an oath adminiftered to them : before they received this dignity, they were obliged to be Mat- ters of Arts. Be fide, the word Biretrum is not Latin, nor to be found in claffic writers though! This candid writer, to ascer- tain more fully the ancient ftate of Europe, and parti- cularly of Britain, th? This learned gentleman ftruck with the great lights thrown on the ancient Celtic by the Irifh language, con- cludes them of real Celtic origin ; and Dr.
Here follow fpme Celtic words, latinized by ancient writers, of vifible Irifh extraction, as may be feen in the above Llhuid. Bardusy a poet, in Irifh Baird. Belga 9 a people of Gaul. Fir-bolgy a colony in Ireland, antecedent to the-Milefians, fuppofed of Gaulifh extrattion.
Bracca, a garment, the fame name given to the Plaids, in the High-lands. Divitiacus, king of the iEdui ; Duvtachy a common name in Ireland. Goefus, a champion, in Irifli Gaifgeach. Leudus, a Celtic ode ; Laoi, is Irifh for a poem. VeregJUtaunus, another commander of the "Arverni. Why hould Ire- 'larid be the only Country of the world, honoured by b ilTuftrious an appellation, when we know that on man?
We hear of no lite- rary. In vain did thefe fathers, after the fafhion of Europe, preach, teach and exhort. So, on the reception of Chriftianity, in Egypf, as in Ireland, we find the kingdom filled in a fliort time, with monks truly pious, and lettered Christians. Ibarus who preceded Patrick in the Irifh million, and whofe fame and learning is fo well acknow- ledged, we find this laft apoftle, form in his own time, the famous univerGty of Ardmach, the chief of the col- leges of Ireland, " And which, as Jocelyne remarks, " ever after remained the prime feat of letters.
Abbanus we are told, that at an early age, he was put under the care of his. Colmart was fent to ftudy. Thus we fee Chriftian feminaries were eftablifhed before the days of St. Pa- trick, for the education of youth, in the polite arts as well as religion. By our constitution men of letters were not only in the higheft eftcem, but their petfons and. And fine? The chriftian miflionaries, therefore, early opened ' fchools, in oppoiitfon to the drutds; as they could only hope for Scholars, and of courfe for profelytes, by their fuperior attention to letters.
Finanus, A. Fachanus, as Ware. Brandan taught the liberal arts. Icilcf; Britaa lib.