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" Of her tears and her blood, “ Let the rainbow of Hope be her WELLINGTON's
The light that lies
In Woinan's eyes,
My only books
Were Woman's looks,
Like him, the Sprite,*
Whom maids by night
Too cold or wise
For brilliant eyes
* This alludes to a kind of Irish Fairy, which is to be met with, they say, in the fields, at dusk :-as long as you keep your eyes upon him, he is fixed and in your power; but the moment you look away (and he is ingenious in furnishing some inducement) he vanishes. I had thought that this was the sprite which we call the Leprechaun; but a high authority upon such subjects, Lady Morgan (in a note upon her national and interesting Novel, O'Donnel) has given a very different account of that Goblin.
ST. SENANUS AND THE LADY.
AIR.-The Brown Thorn.
4 ST. SENANUS.
66 Oh! haste and leave this sacred isle, “Unholy bark, ere morning smile ;
* In a metrical life of St. Senanus, which is taken from an old Kilkenny MS. and may be found among the Acta Sanctorum Hiberniæ, we are told of his flight to the island of Scattery, and his resolution not to admit any woman of the party; he refused to receive even a sister saint, St. Cannera, whom an angel had taken to the island, for the express purpose of introducing her to him. The following was the ungracious answer of Senanus, according to his poetical biographer :
Cui Præsul, quid foeminis
“ For on thy deck, though dark it be.
66 A female form I see ; 66 And I have sworn this sainted sod “ Shall ne'er by woman's feet be trod!”
"Oh! Father, send not hence my bark
Through wintry winds and billows dark 6 I come with humble heart to share
“ Thy morn and evening prayer ; “ Nor mine the feet, oh! holy Saint, “ The brightness of thy sod to taint.”
The Lady's prayer Senanus spurn'd;
Till morning's light delay’d,
Nec te nec ullam aliam
610. According to Dr. Ledwich, St. Senanus was no less a personage than the river Shannon; but O'Connor, and other Antiquarians, deny this metamorphose indignantly.