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Still we kept it up as well as find him and bring him up at we could, and there was not onoe.” a single hitob from beginning “Bat the door, Hugo?" to end. Exoept one: I re
“ I'll tell James to see to member now the lights went that. Any one oan open a wrong, somehow. They got door, you know.” Presently quite dim towards the end, Lady Fenton oame upstairs, and when we were called bo- holding her husband's arm, fore the ourtain, it seemed quite and with her eyes fixed on his time to leave off. I don't face. I remembered then that believe that even Eva would Lorna had told
told me Lady have wanted to go on
& Fenton never oame upstairs. moment longer.
Old James was already at It was odd how exhausted the door, working at the look we all felt, and how gold, with a screw-driver or someThen some one remarked that thing, and looking furtively Mi88 Dare must be feeling over his shoulder. I believe be more tired than any of us. was afraid that some of the We turned to ask her what maids would come down the made her so late in coming passage, but he said not a down l-and behold, she had word. Just as he got the vanished!
door open I heard the steps “Oh, oome on!” said Eva. of two men, Hugo and the old “We simply must look after dootor whom he was bringing her. Come with me, Jane, ap. Hugo went away and quiok! before we have to talk took James with him. to all the people.”
The dootor was the first to We both ran upstairs, and go into the room. Sir Richard tried to get into her room, but and Lady Fenton followed the the door was fast. Wo called dootor, and I followed them. her and implored her, and At first I could not see any not a word oould we get in one there. There were no answer.
oandles lit, but on a table “Eva," I said, “don't let stood that shaded lamp which there be any fuss, if you oan Lorna had used on the evening help it. Go down and talk when she first looked at my to everybody, and keep them hand. The doctor lifted the amused. I'll find Hugo, and lamp and carried it to the bedsee what he says."
side. On the bed lay a figure, I found him, and what he very slim and stiff in outline, said was—
wearing riding things and “The door must be opened boots. at once. And my mother The dootor bent over her and ought to see it done-and, look no one spoke. here, keep Eve away and Then he raised his head and oome yourself. It's good luck said quietlythat Dr Kennedy is here. I “She has been dead for 8&w him in the audience. I'll some hours."
SWIFT AND IRELAND.
BY J. A. STRAHAN,
A VISITOR to the Irish
to the Irish nington House stands straight capital, if he has as part of and square in Upper Merrion his equipment the smallest Street; but there is no tablet supply of literature or romance, on its walls to tell the casual never fails to make a pilgrim- passer that in that building age to St Patrick's Cathedral, was born the man who conin whose “holy preoinots lie, quered the conqueror of half Ashes that make it holier." the world. Monuments no If, after doing homage to the doubt have been ereoted to sacred sepulohre where lie buried both these great among the for ever the unhappy loves of greatest men - Foley's statue the furious dean and the gentle of Burke stands in the grounds Stella, he traces his way of his old University, the ultrathrough the congery of squalid Unionist Trinity, and the streets between the Cathedral “big milestone” to Wellington and the Castle, he may, if he stands in the royal Phoenix be fortunate, happen upon a Park. Though possibly origiwall containing a tablet which nally of Norman blood, they records that Hoey's Court, were both of families born and where the dean was born, once bred for centuries in Ireland. stood there.
Swift's father and mother If, having the aforesaid were born in England, and he qualities in his equipment, he himself disdained the name of has already sought out, as he Irishman. Why, then, should naturally would, the birth- their birthplaces go unmarked places of other sons of Dublin while the very site of his city even more famous than vanished birthplace is comSwift, this memorial tablet memorated ? will surprise him. He will Possibly an answer will have gone, for instance, to suggest itself to the mind Ormond Quay, where Edmund of the visitor if, after he has Burke first saw the light. looked at Mornington House, Judging by the decrepit oon. he turns west, and having dition of the houses there, it passed Trinity College pur. is more than likely that they sues his way along Dame were built before Burke's birth, Street, When he reaches and that one of them is the Cornmarket he will find there authentio building which wit. another memorial tablet : it nessed that event; but there records that the house to is no tablet to mark it. And which it is affixed is the birthhe will have gone to seek and place of the rebel Napper to find the birthplace of the Tandy. When he proceeds on Duke of Wellington. Mor- to Thomas Street he will find another memorial tablet tell- student of Trinity College, and ing him that the rebel Lord paid the necessary fees. It may Edward Fitzgerald was there be assumed that he did this taken prisoner and received not very graciously. People are his death wound. There are seldom over-gracious towards many other memorial tablets poor relations for whom they on many other walls in the have to provide. And in this oity of Dablin; but, if I re- 0886 Unole Godwin seems to member rightly, they all have have had the anhappy disposione thing in common: they are tion which afterwards marked ereoted to the memory of men nephew Jonathan. During his who were enemies of England. long life Dean Swift gave Perhaps it is beoause Welling- largely in charity, but his ton and Burke were not bounty was given without enemies of England that their grace, and usually received birthplaces are unmarked, and without gratitude. And he perhaps Swift's birthplace or received his uncle's graceless its site is marked because, bounty with no gratitude, but though all his life he hated with raging and reokless Ireland muoh, in his old age humiliation and resentment. he hated England more.
Swift used later in life to Jonathan Swift never loved say that his uncle had given or pretended to love Ireland him the eduoation of a dog. or the Irish. He always de- He must have meant he had soribed himself as an English- given him his education as man who had the misfortune if he were & dog; for, in to be born in Ireland. The faot, the eduoation which he fierce struggles which he had received, or might, if he had with the Government of Eng. chosen, have received, was the land were fought on behalf of best that Ireland could prothose whom he called the vide. He was, when he entered “true English people of Ire- Trinity, fourteen years of age. land.” The very last verses1 He had previously been at he ever wrote were in dis- Kilkenny Sohool, and he reparagement of the wit and mained at the University till he intelligence of Irishmen. And was twenty-one. The dramayet the Celtie Irish to this tist Congreve was two or three day revere this Englishman, years before him eduoated in who despised and contemned the very same institutions, and them, as the first and greatest beoame a scholar of whom of Irish Nationalists. Let us Oxford would be proud : Swift see how far he deserves their left Trinity with no reputation reverenoe.
for anything except idleness, In April 1682 Godwin Swift, stupidity, and insubordination. & respeoted and reputed wealthy He himself gave the real oitizen of Dublin, entered his reason for this : it was because fatherless nephew Jonathan & he was "80 discouraged and
1 Those on a new magazine being then erected in Phænix Park.
sunk in his spirits.” Seldom orderly that
Seldom orderly that it should be can there have been a more suspended. striking example of what Unole Godwin died, and seemed vioe being only woe. Jonathan became the oare of Swift all his life was a being Uncle Dryden. Unole Dryden with a dash of insanity in his was a poorer, but seems to have blood, and the pride of Lucifer been & gentler man than in his heart. For such a man Unole Godwin ; but there is no what fate could be more ter- evidence that his gentleness rible than to pass his youth in any way oheoked the dispenniless, parentless, and de- orderly life Swift was leading pendent for everything on the at Trinity. That was soon charity of an aorid unele! The ended, however, by the Revolavery fact that that unole placed tion of 1688. When Ireland him in the best foundations, fell under Catholio rule, Swift, where were educated the sons like many other Protestants, of the wealthiest fathers in took refuge in England. the land, could only add to the These were Swift's first exhorrors of the situation. One periences of Ireland. To his oan well imagine that fierce last day he hated Dublin Unihaughty youth, with harsh versity as the scene of his early repellent features only partly miseries and degradations. redeemed by large eyes "quite When in 1692 he obtained his azure as the heavens," stalk- M.A. at Oxford, he wrote biting in threadbare elothes with terly that “he was ashamed to empty pockets solitary about be more obliged in a few weeks the courts, or sitting solitary to strangers than in seven in the classes, of eld Trinity, years to Dablin College." Perhearing in the laughter of haps if he had spent the seven happier, well-olad, well-pro- years at Dublin College as well vided students jeers at his as he spent the four years before poverty, and in every rebuke going to Oxford, he should of his teachers an insult put have been as much obliged to on him because of his wretched Dablin College; and perhaps if oondition. No wonder that he he had been as disorderly at should revolt against the au- Oxford as he was at Dublin thorities and neglect the College, he never should have studies of the place, that the get a degree there at all. examiners should refuse him However, he arrived in Enghis degree, and that after he land with hatred for Trinity had obtained it by special grace, and no love for Ireland in his his oonduct should be so dis- heart, and no wish ever to
i Swift's great-grandmother was a Dryden, and the poet was Swift's cousin once removed. Not long before Swift died insane in Dublin, Dryden's last surviving son died insane at Canons Ashby. It is commonly assumed that Dryden's son inherited his insanity from his mother, who also died insane ; but this coincidence is worth noticing, as is also the fact that considerable eccentricity existed in some other members of the Dryden family, and the Swifts descended from Elizabeth Dryden.
return to either. His fortune year was, probably through in life compelled him to return Temple’s recommendation, preto both, but he always re- sented by Lord Deputy Capel turned with reluctance, and to the prebend of Kilroot, with till his health rendered it & stipend of about £100 a diffioult to do so, found fre- year, quent occasion to desert them Kilroot is a part of that and to pay visits to England, distriot whiçh slopes down wbioh at times lasted for from the hills of Antrim to the years.
shores of Belfast Bay. It is a We need not deal with the land of rushing streams and first six years he spent with singing birds, and its surroundSir William Temple, first at ings reoall to the memory of Sheen and later at Moor Park, the travelled visitor Gibbon's save to point out that he there “sweet country of Vaux.” retrieved the wasted years of Over the bay lie the rolling his nonage by study so ardent richly-wooded fields of Down; and prolonged that probably across the Channel rise bluely it, and not the over-eating of in the far distanoe the mounfruit, was the cause of the tains of Galloway, and on your vertigo from which he from right hand the ancient Norman time to time suffered during Castle of Carrickfergus stands the rest of his life. When he on its grey rook out among obtained his Oxford M.A., he the waves like another Chillon. thought it was time to estab- It was in these surroundings lish himself in life, and he that the first of Swift's three applied to Temple to seoure love affairs began; and as him an appointment. Temple wherever these love affairs not very warmly consented to began they all ended in Irédo so, and found him a small land, though they have little office in the Rolls Court in to do with Swift's feelings as Ireland, Swift declined it. to Ireland and things Irish, it He had, as he said, a soruple is proper to trace them here. to enter the Church merely for Among the families resident á maintenance; now that he near Kilroot was one, a son of was offered & maintenance which Swift had known at elsewhere this objeotion, he Trinity. The family's name thought, no longer applied. was Waring, name still He left Moor Park, set out on common enough about Belfast. foot to Leicester, where his Naturally before long Swift mother lived, being “passing established friendly relations rich on twenty pounds a year.' with the Warings, and soon From there he travelled to he developed a passion for Dablin, was ordained deacon one of the daughters called in Ostober 1694 by the Bishop Jane. Just as he did in his of Kildare, was made priest in two subsequent love affairs, January 1695, and in the same he conferred on Jane a pet
1 He obtained his D.D. in Trinity in February 1701.