Treasury of Irish Eloquence: Being a Compendium of Irish Oratory and Literature (Classic Reprint)

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One, among the many great ones, must ever remain unforgotten, wherever in the wide world heroism is honored. In our country's school-readers may be found a model of eloquence, framed from the lips of the patriot - martyr of 1803, from which the scholar for all time may learn his first lesson of manhood and'patriotism. Preem inent in the grandeur of their devotion and conception, translated into every living tongue, the burning words of Robert Emmet, in the face of death, deep graven on the hearts of Irishmen and free dom-worshippers, will remain forever, though he who spoke them met a felon's doom - for he died for his fellow-men, that they might live happy in the sunshine of liberty, - asking, as a dying wish, that his epitaph might not be written till his country should take her place among the nations of the earth. Soon shall the earnest trib ute of a nation redeemed, illumine that unwritten epitaph.

No lover of the sublime in classic or sacred oratory, can refuse the homage of his appreciation to that island, that alone, amid the nations, has reproduced the Cicero and Demosthenes of his dreams, in a Curran and a Grattan, and gave to the world a pulpit-eloquence outstripping Massillon, in the discourses of a Father Tom Burke. No eulogium of ours is needed to characterize the eloquence of the illustrious agitator, Daniel o'connell. But why particularize? It would require almost interminable space and time to call the roll of that prodigious galaxy of genius, which has extended to every elime, covered every emergency, and excited the admiration of the world. The immortal Henry Clay, and Prentiss of Mississippi, have declared' that Ireland has furnished more than her share to the world of genius and talent and heroism, and history confirms that declara tion.

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Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

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