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THE FALCON FAMILY;

OR,

YOUNG IRELAND.

THE

FALCON FAMILY;

OR,

Y O U N G I RE LA N D.

SECOND EDITION

LONDON:

CHAPMAN AND HALL, 186, STRAND.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FRON TIE LIORARY OF
JOHN GRAGAM BROOKS

APRIL 25, 1939

C. WHITINC, BEAUFORT HOUSE, STRANI).

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PREFACE.

Stolzenfels on the Rhine,

August 16, 1846.

Music to the ear of authorship is the call for “ a new edition.” The public voice, that “

deep and dreadful organ-pipe,” has its silver tones; and this is one of the most silvery. For the demand in the present instance, the author is probably not a little indebted to the originals of his green men, who have so obligingly exerted themselves of late to realise his romance, and convince the world that they are quite as verdant as they were painted. It now appears that he understood YOUNG IRELAND earlier than OLD IRELAND did. “It is a wise father," to reverse the proverb,

that knows his own son.” However, as OLD IRELAND is at length satisfied that the Tigernachs and Verdaunts were naughty boys from the beginning, who not only spoke pikes but proposed to use them, the triumphant representative of the elder party will now perhaps readily acknowledge, that what he rashly stigmatized as “ malignant libel on the people of Ireland,” deserved to be described in very different terms. Fortunately for

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