Excerpt from Reliques of Irish Poetry: Consisting of Heroic Poems, Odes, Elegies, and Songs, Translated Into English Verse
It is impossible for imagination to conceive too highly of the pitch of excellence to which a science must have soared, which was cherished with such ent... husiastic regard and cultivation as that of poetry, in this country. It was absolutely, for ages, the vital soul of the nation;* and shall we then have no curiosity respecting the productions of genius once so celebrated, and so prized?
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