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The History of Ireland, From the First Colonization of the Country, Down to the Period of the English Invasion, Comprehending the Topography of the Scenes of Battles, and Memorable Events, as Well as a Review of the Rise and Progress of Irish Literature

The History of Ireland, From the First Colonization of the Country, Down to the Period of the English Invasion, Comprehending the Topography of the Scenes of Battles, and Memorable Events, as Well as a Review of the Rise and Progress of Irish Literature

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Excerpt from The History of Ireland, From the First Colonization of the Country, Down to the Period of the English Invasion, Comprehending the Topography of the Scenes of Battles, and Memorable Events, as Well as a Review of the Rise and Progress of Irish Literature

It has often been asked by foreigners, why a country justly boasting of her poets and orators, baa not produced an able historian, who can be classed with a Voltaire, a Gibbon, or a Robertson; and why the learning of an Usher, or the genius of a Swift, has left no historical monument to perpetuate the ancient glories of a nation, that in remote ages was styled, the "Isle of learning, and the school of the west f" We confess our inability to answer the question satisfactorily.

Perhaps the primary cause of tbe desideratum, in our ancient history, may be principally ascribed to the cal of St. Patrick, who, to the eternal loss of Irish literature, caused more than 500 volumes of our records to be committed to the flames at Tara. McDermott, Lynch, and Flanagan, arc of opinion that Ossian's autographs blazed in the conflagration kindled by the Christian Missionary. Another cause of the scantiness of historical materials, may ho fairly traced to the vile assiduity of Danish and English invaders, to annihilate all memorials of our ancient greatness, power, and grandeur.

Still it must be confessed, that the ancient chronology of all countries, as well as that of Ireland, is extremely erroneous and uncertain. What is the boasted alleged origin of the Greeks from the gods, but the creation of poetical fancy, the chimerical mythology of Hesiod, Homer, and other Grecian fabulists?

Even in holy writ, there are the most irreconcilable anachronisms. The Seplugins and many of the fathers of the church, fix the period intervening the creation, and the vocation of Abraham, at 3513 years, whilst the Hebrews and many Christian ecclesiastics compute it but 2023! Vairo, the Roman historian, finding it impossible to grope his way through the dark mazes of chronology, declared that the dates and epochs of all the events, said to have occurred before the first Olympiad, (i. e. the year after the creation, 3232,) were but the imaginary computations of fiction.

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