Excerpt from Anima Celtica
Celt - the Anima Celtica. And we will write mainly with the thought of the early days in our mind, for the soul of a people may be traced best of all in its beginning, when the impulse of life and expansion is strong within, and before the in¿uences... of other peoples have been able to change its course or mould it to the general likeness of mankind. By prolonged misfortune Ireland has been brought almost to the verge of ruin, losing one after another those precious gifts which once made her renowned through Europe. It is not fair to judge an ancient race like this in the cold light of modern history, or to point to a rem nant under sorrow, as all that this people could produce. Moreover it is too sadly evident, in these latter days, that the commercial spirit has insinuated itself into Ireland from the further west, and that the people are forsaking their birthright to follow after the doubtful gains of merchandise and political intrigue. But this is not an inherited or even a stable element in their nature, and it is only of such that we propose to write.
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