Excerpt from The Leprechaun
They tell a tale that, when the best of the fallen angels were doomed to exile on earth, S. Michael, compassionate, allowed them to choose their habitation where they would, with all its conditions as they wished. It must be an island, they agreed,... with purple hills and verdant valleys, crystal springs and mighty rivers, gallant men and stainless women in whom wit and wisdom and courage and piety all combined. Granted! Said the Archangel. Then there must be a good government too, the exigent exiles went on. Ah, be off with you, the Prince of Sabaoth exclaimed: Ire land's your place; but if you had the good government too with all the rest, you wouldn't be missing Heaven.
With all true sons of Ierne, Island of Saints and Fairies, I rejoice that even this last crown ing gift seems impending above the dear coun try, no longer to be most distressful, and The Leprechaun may serve as guide to Americans visiting a free Ireland, self-governed and at peace.
William harman van allen. Rectory of the Advent, Boston, All Saints', 1912.
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