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extent the inveterate hatred to Protest- rors. It is right to make the best of antism and to all establishments dis- every thing, and, as it is probable that played by the others, yet aided them in these people have some slight grounds their designs, actuated by absurd ideas for what they say, some good will of reform, a restless spirit of innovation probably arise from their attacks." We and a consciousness of their own inca- inust make a few remarks on the abpacity and unfitness for office, which surdity of this system : that the truth is rendered them anxious to distinguish more easily defended when perfectly their administration by the accom- free from abuse, is certain ; as a ship plishment of something which had will encounter a storm with more safety not been done before, and desirous when all her timbers are perfectly sound, that that something should be of such and her rigging has been renewed; but a nature as to gratify the wishes and it were a strange proof of wisdom to secure the support of that rabble, to take out all the decayed planks, and whom they looked to enable them to all the imperfect rigging, as soon as the retain office, in defiance of the wishes storm had begun to rage, the decayed of their sovereign and the rational part and worm-eaten plank must then be of the nation. Such are the component preserved with as much care as the parts of that revolutionary party, at sound one, and even more, for it will present running breast-high to the des- feel the attack with more severity. The truction of the Church of Ireland. The time to change a defective timber, or to method adopted by this party in their remove an obnorious abuse, is the time of attack, is to pour forth fine sentiments peace, tranquillity, and leisure ; when the about the wishes of the people ; the attack commences and the storm begins abuses resulting from antiquity; the to rage, all must be defended; for it is rights of the majority ; liberty of con as fatal to admit the enemy through the science; purity of religion; equali- neglected and ivy-covered postem, as zation; conciliation; grievances, &c. through the new and splendid gateway. coupled and interlarded with impudent “Whatever is, shall be preserved," should assertions of general abuses ; indecent be the maxim of those who wish to refalsehoods ; and gross and insulting lan- sist a torrent of revolution. But how guage, directed against every individual is it to be preserved ? we shall recur to and party, who rise in defence of the the instance above noticed. The pero hated establishment. They thus gain sons who attended the Church of Irea two-fold object. Their servility pre- and supplied the weapons against themcludes all free discussion, while it pro- selves ; they talked of the ancient cuevokes their opponents to engage in a tom of the Church to support the poor, war of defence; as their gentlemanly to build its own edifices, &c. This feelings prevent them from retaliation sounded very well ; but how should it in kind. As soon then as all their as have been met ? not by remonstrance, sertions have been disproved, they, or by argument, but by language to the knowing full well that that disproval following effect :- Gentlemen, there was not of the least value to the cause is a great deal of truth in what you say. it was designed to support, put the There is no doubt but that a certain question to the vote, and carry it by portion of the burden of supporting the means of their own unprincipled ma- poor ought to be borne by the Church jority. One might suppose that one lands, which were, many of them, oritrial of the consequences of this fruit- ginally bestowed for this purpose ; and less defence might be sufficient to in- it were also desirable that the parish. duce the Constitutionalists to change Churches, Cathedrals, Glebe Houses, the plan of their operations ; but no : &c. should be erected at the expense of they continue in the same system of the same funds. This is the more de- ? useless apology, remonstrance, and vin- sirable, as for all these sums no return dication, in which it is the whole policy whatever is made to society at present : « of their opponents to engage them. for all the lands, tithes, &c. which were ! They even go further, and say, “ It is given thus by our ancestors, for the supright that abuses should be removed, if port of the widow and the orphan, are any exist.—The truth will be more now not in the hands of those to whom easily defended when free from the bur- they were given for this purpose, but are den of supporting slight defects or er- usurped for the enrichment of lay impro

enemy's camp.

priators. Wherefore we so perfectly had a right to ; and at the same time agree in the justice of your observations, these revenues are wholly spent among that on the dayof -we shall bring the people, and are restored to them, in a bill to further the reform you speak with the additional advantage of supof. The consequence of this system porting during their circulation, (for it is would be an immediate division in the no more), a large body of resident gen

The radicals would try, whose instruction and example is heartily join in this attack on the whigs, of the highest utility to the country, the chief proprietors of these funds; and to society at large. To destroy the the latter would of course become alarm- Protestant Church Establishment in ed, as it would be impossible for them Ireland, would therefore be only to into bring forward any thing in their own crease the difficulties and burdens of defence, which would not apply with that kingdom ; but as it is obvious that tenfold force in support of the Estab- something must be done to alleviate the lishment;they would be instantly obliged grievances of the people, I shall onnot only to relinquish their attacks upon evening next, bring in a motion for an it , but to become active in its defence. accurate return of the whole revenues Again, while this method was taken by of the Romish priesthood in Ireland, one to divide the radicals and whigs, with an account of how these revenues another might sow dissension between are raised, and what portion of them the whigs and papists, by an address to is expended for the moral or physical the following purpose to the former : benefit of the people : and shall pro"Gentlemen, you assert with great jus- ceed to draw up and propose to the tice that the people of Ireland labour House some measure which may tend under heavy burdens ; and the removal to render the revenues of this Church of these burdens would immortalize your more beneficial to society.” Again, both administration. The worst burden un- radicals and papists might be set upon der which that unhappy country labours the whigs, by showing how the cowis, that the poor peasantry have to sup- ardly, vacillating, and tyrannical policy port an exorbitantly wealthy Church of the latter has almost destroyed pubEstablishment; while the nature of that lic credit, and consequently injured maEstablishment is such, that of the sums nufactures and trade, ruined agriculraised for its support, little or none is ture, and rendered capitalists afraid to expended for the benefit of the people, invest their property in any useful or of society at large. The revenue of branch of cominerce ; how it has caused

that Church amounts to about 900,000 the greatest danger to several commeri per annum; and yet this immense sum cial establishments and branches of

is appropriated by men, nominally with- trade, and totally ruined others. In out families to support, or establish- this attack they would be sure of the ments to maintain. It is quite right support of the radical manufacturers of that this Establishment should be abol- England, and the popish agriculturists ished ; and if its clergy are to be sup- in Ireland. All this would, it is eviported, it will be much preferable to dent, tend if properly managed, to split compel them to live upon a moderate the strength of the revolutionary party, revenue from the state, and to make it but it would do more, as it would totally a heavy misdemeanor in them to attempt stop the attack on the Protestant Church to levy any contributions on the people. of Ireland, by giving its enenries abundant It is obvious that the Protestant Estab- employment at home. It would be the lished Church of Ireland can be no means of detecting real abuses, and efburden to the peasantry, or in fact to fecting salutary reform, and above all

, any portion of society, but the reverse. it would transfer all the advantages, the Its revenues do not amount to more eclat, and the encouragement, derivable than one-third of those drawn from Ire- from an offensive war, from the Revoland by the Church of Rome ; and these lutionary to the Conservative party in revenues can be no burden on the peo- the state. In the adoption of a system ple, as they are in reality a substitute like this, the Conservatives would of for a higher rent, and are therefore paid course have some difficulties to encounby the landlords, while they cannot in- ter : as they must be prepared to exjure the landlords, as they merely with- pect that, before it would be brought hold from them a property, which neither fully to act, some measures might be they nor their ancestors ever possessed, or carried by their opponents, which might

by the old system have received a tem steadily, actively, and with perseverance, porary delay. They must also be aware adopted; it is not yet too late, not only that

, as their own chance of successfully to prevent further evil, but ultimately executing the change of system increas- to undo what has been already done ; es, their opponents will become violent and to restore the Protestant Church and abusive in proportion to their danger; and British Constitution, to all the but we have no hesitation in declaring strength and preeminence they have our conviction that if this system be lost.

TO MY BRIDE.

With one,

The timid dove, when first she dares to wander from the nest,
Mistrusts the very breeze on which her pinions learn to rest ;
So tremblingly thou leav'st, my love, the sheltering ark of home,

whose faith must yet be prov'd, the world's wide waste to roam.
I read thy tender doubts in the mute language of those eyes,
I hear them too confess'd in those involuntary sighs ;
And now thou turn’st thine head away to hide suspicion's tear,
And the pale cheek that would betray the vague surmise of fear.
Thy bosom, palpitating, tells the pulses of the heart,
That from thy childhood's favorite haunts could not unmov’d depart :
Deeming each object dear on which the light of memory's rays,
Reviving all the early scenes of youthful pleasure, plays.
And there is one, to whose embrace thou still dost fondly cling,
Like a young bird that peril shuns beneath its parent's wing,
'Tis She, who rear'd thee “from the world, unspotted, undefil'd,”
And breathes a farewell blessing now upon her darling child.
1, too, have felt the fervour of a mother's boundless love,
And prize it as the purest bond that nature ever wove ;
Nor think that I could wish thee e'er its golden links to break,
With such as could make light of this, all other ties were weak.
I could not chide the precious tears, that feeling bids thee weep,
For her, who by thy cradle usd her anxious watch to keep,
Whose tender and unceasing care could never be repaid,
Who would approve with smiles, and by her sighs alone upbraid.
Oh! think not I could e'er awake within thy guileless breast,
One pang that could avail to mar its sweet and hallow'd rest ;
Or seek to poison at its source thy young affection's flow,
By mingling with its tide of joy the bitter cup of woe.
Lovely as woman's form may be, "tis delicate and frail,
And like the pliant willow bends beneath the passing gale ;
But I would hope to shield thee from each rude and chilling blast,
And make thy future life as fair and blissful as the past.
Then learn to trust this heart that beats for its belov'd alone,
And swells with an unfeign'd delight to feel thou art its own,
That shall not be found wanting when its constancy is tried,
But to its first devotion ever truc, my lovely Bride.

LITTLE FAIRLY,
BY SAMUEL LOVER, ESQ. R.H.A.
AUTHOR OF “ LEGENDS AND STORIES OP IRELAND."

The world was very guilty of such a ballad some three ages since ; but, I

think, now 'tis pot to be found I will have the subject newly writ o'er, that I may example my digression by some mighty precedent.

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.

The words great and little are some- be an eligible candidate for the “grenatimes contradictory terms to their own dier corps ;" the earlier works of ficmeaning. This is stating the case ra tion in particular : Fairy tales univerther confusedly, but as I am an Irish- sally dedicate some giant to destruction man, in Ireland, and writing an Irish at the hands of some "clever little felstory, it is the more in character. I low." “ Tom Thumb," Jack and the might do perhaps, like a very clever Bean Stalk," and fifty other such for inand agreeable friend of mine, who, stance, and I am now going to add when he deals in some extravagance another to the list, a brilliant example, which you dont quite understand, says I trust, of the unfailing rule, that your "well, you know what I mean.' But little man is always a great man. I will not take that for granted, so If any gentleman six foot two inches what I mean is this—that your great high gets angry at reading this, I beg man, (as far as size is concemed,) is him to remember that I am a little man often a nobody; and your little man, is myself, and if he be a man of sense often a great man. Nature, as far as (which is supposing a great deal,) he the human race is concerned, is at va- will pardon, from his own feeling of riance with art, whichgenerally couples indignation at this exposé of Patagogreatness with size. The pyramids, nian inferiority, the consequent trithe temple of Jupiter Olympius, St. umph, on my part, of Lilliputian disPeter's, and St. Paul's, are vast in tinction. If, however, his inches get their dimensions, and the heroes of the better of him, and he should call Painting and Sculpture are always on a me out, I beg of him to remember, grand scale. In Language, the diminu- again, that I have the advantage of him tive is indicative of endearment—in Na- there too, in being a little man. There ture, it appears to me it is the type of is a proverb too, that “ little said is distinction. Alexander, Cæsar, Napo. soon mended," and, with all my leon, Wellington, &c. &c. (for I have preaching, I fear I have been forgetnot room to detail) are instances. But ting the wholesome adage. So I shall do we not hear every day that “such- conclude this little introduction, which a-body is a big booby," while “a I only thought a becoming flourish clerer little fellow" has almost passed of trumpets for introducing my hero, by into proverbial use. The poets have placing Little Fairly before my readbeen more true to nature than painters, ers, and I hope they will not think, in in this particular, and in her own divine the words of another adage, that I have art, her happiest votaries have been given them great cry and little wool. living evidences of her predilection to “ packing her choicest goods in small parcels.” Pope was “ a crooked little You see owld Fairly was a mighty thing that asked questions," and in our dacent man that lived, as the story own days, our own“ little Moore” is goes, out over the back a' the hills bea glorious testimony to the fact. The yant there, and was a thrivin' man ever works of fiction abound with instances after he married little Shane Ruadh's* of the fancy of the author not consider- daughther, and she was little, like her ing it necessary that his hero shall father before her, a dawnshee craythur

* Red John.

but mighty cute, and industhered a her own soon, and he was a big boss is power, always, and a fine wife she was a divil, like his mother

a great fat lob to a sthrivin' man, up early and down that had no life in him at all—and late, and shure if she was doin' nothin' while the little daunshee craythur else, the bit iv a stocking was never would laugh in your face and play wid out iv her hand, and the knittin' you if you cherrup'd to him, or would needles going like mad. Well sure amuse himself the craythur, crawlin they thruv like a flag or a bulrush, and about the fure and playin wid the the snuggest cabin in the counthry side sthraws, and atein' the gravel, the was owld Fairly's. Well, in good time jewel, the other bosthoon was roarin she brought him a son, throth she lost from mornin' till night, barrin he was no time about it either, for she was ne crammed wid stirabout and dhrownded ver given to loitherin', and he was the a' most wid milk. Well up they grew picthur o' the mother, the little attomy and the big chap turned out a gommock, that he was, as slim as a ferret and as and the little chap was as knowin' as a red as a fox, but a hardy craythur. jailor ; and though the big mother was Well, owld Fairly didn't like the always puttin up her lob to malthrate thoughts of havin' sitch a bit iv a brat and abuse little Fairly, the dickins a for a son, and besides he thought he one but the little chap used to circumgot on so well and prospered in the vint him, and gev him no pace, but led world with one wife, that, by gor, he him the life iv a dog wid the cunnin' determined to improve his luck and get thricks he played an him. Well, while another. So, with that, he ups and all the neighbours ’amost loved the goes to one. Doody who had a big ground that little Fairly throd on, they daughter-a whopper by my sowl! cud n't abide the garron more's foal

, throth she was the full of a door, and good, bad, or indifferent, and many's was called by the neighbours garran the sly malavogucin' he got behind a more*, for in throth she was a garran, hedge from one or another when his the dirty dhrop was in her, a nasty mother or father was n't near to purtect stag that never done a good turn for him, for owld Fairly was as great a anyone but herself ; the long-sided fool about him as the mother, and jack, that she was, but her father had would give him his eyes, ’amost

, to play a power o' money and above a hundher marvels, while he didn't care three head o'cattle, and divil a chick nor child thraneens for the darlint little chap. he had but herself, so that she was a And 'twas the one thing as long as he great catch for whoever could get her, lived, and at last he fell sick, and sure as far as the fortune wint, but, throth, many thought it was a judgment an the boys did not like the looks iv her, him for his unnatherl doin's to his own and let herself and her fortin alone. Alesh and blood, and the sayin' through Well, as I was sayin, owld Fairly ups the parish was from one and all

. and he goes to Doody and puts his com There's owld Fairly is obliged to ether an the girl, and faix she was glad take to his bed with the weight of his to be ax'd, and so matthers was soon sins." And sure enough off o that settled, and the ind of it was they wor same bed he never riz, but grew

weaker married.

and weaker every day, and sint for the Now maybe it's axin' you'd be how priest to make his sowl, the wicked he could marry two wives at wanst, owld sinner, God forgive me, but I towld you before, it was long ago, in the word, and sure the priest done in the good owld ancient times, whin whatever he could for him, but after a man could have plinty of every thing. the priest wint away he called his two Well home he brought the dirty gar- wives beside his bed, and the two sons, ran, and sorra long she was in the and says he, “ I'm going to lave yiz place when she began to breed, (arrah now," says he, “ and sorry I am," says lave off and dont be laughin now. I he," for I'd rather stay in owld Ireland don't mane that at all,) whin she began than go any where else," says he," for to breed ructions in the fam'ly and to a raison I have”-hegh! hegh! hegh! kick up antagions from mornin' till " oh murther, this cough is sinotherin’ night, and put betune owld Fairly and me, so it is. Oh wurra! wurra! but his first wife. Well she had a son of its sick and sore I am. Well come

for say

* Big Horse.

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