Excerpt from The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland, Vol. 1: Illustrated From Drawings by W. H. Bartlett
As the soil is, so the heart of man, says Lord Byron. It is, indeed, remarkable how closely the character and disposition of a people will be found to assimilate to the na... tural features of the clime they inhabit, and how deeply the human mind is tinctured by the bright or gloomy scenes upon which it is accustomed to dwell. Pursuing this fanciful theory, we imagine we can trace in the chequered character of the Irish people a re¿ection of the varied aspect of the country. Their exuberant gaiety, their deep sadness, their warm affections, their fierce resentment, their smiles and tears, their love and hatred, all remind us forcibly of the light and shadows of their landscapes; where frowning precipices and quiet glens, wild torrents and tranquil streams, lakes and woods, vales and mountains, sea and shore, are all blended by the hand of Nature be neath a sky, now smiling in sunshine, now saddening in tears.
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