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“On peut tirer un fruit précieux du malheur : une personne sensible, pieuse,
et réfléchie, doit necessairement dans l'infortune perfectionner son esprit et son
caractere. Cicéron a dit des hommes : ‘Ils sont comme les vins; l'age aigrit les
mauvais, et rend meilleurs les bons.'”-FRENCH Essay.

“ Bona rerum secundarum optabilia, adversarum mirabilia."-SENECA.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

DUBLIN:

HODGES AND SMITH, 104, GRAFTON-STREET.

1854.

DUBLIN:

PRINTED BY J. M. O'TOOLE,

13, HAWKINS’-STREET.

THE LAST EARL OF DESMOND.

CHAPTER XXX.

“Such usage as your honourable lords

Afford me; assassinated and betray'd,
Who durst not, with your whole united powers,
In fight, withstand one single and unarm’d.”

MILTON.

JEPHSON's Rock is about one mile below the old bridge of Mallow. It rises boldly and bluffly on the bank of the Blackwater, blocks up the path, and says “Stand,—turn backto all who attempt to pass that way.

Within the bowels of this rock is a cave. In the mouth of this cave stood a tall, high-shouldered

His mood seemed morose. He was watching the silent flow of the river, upon which the moon, as it passed through dark clouds, cast an occasional ray.

He raised his head as he heard, or thought he heard, a man's step, and a rustle among the plantations above him.

man.

VOL. II.

B

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