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of his teeming fancy was mellowed not dimmed by age.

Moore only wrote one pamphlet on which we have been able to lay our hands. It was written in Dublin in 1810, and was in advocacy of the Veto." In common with many sincere Catholics (even prelates of the Church), Moore was of opinion that it would be better to yield up the “ Veto” point, than for Ireland to remain outside the constitution. The

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led many to wish their bondage ended, even with some compromise. Sheil was for some time of the same view. O'Connell resisted the “ Veto" upon all occasions, preferring that the people should remain a little longer in the desert, than enter Canaan with a single link of a chain clanking on them. Providence spared him to carry his policy to a triumphant issue. The event proved O'Connell to be right, but we must not look too harshly on those men who, despairing of obtaining for the Catholics of the British Empire complete equality with members of other religions, were ready to consent to accept a portion of their freedom, and struggle for the rest afterwards.

We have forborne to enter into any critical disquisition on Moore's genius. Even if (as we unaffectedly say we are not) we were competent to the task, how unnecessary it would be. Moore's best critic is the heart; not those deep and harrowing feelings, in depicting which, Byron has pierced to the innermost shrine of the soul of man, but those

sentiments which teach us how exquisitely truthful Moore is in delineating human nature. If his flowers be profuse, and if they be richly coloured, still they have the scent of nature and of reality. In dealing with our beautiful melodies he found them disfigured with rude and vulgar language. He moulded them so as to be in accordance with an advanced stage of society. No man ever made words so expressive of sound, or so completely succeeded in conveying in language that class of emotion which the music should suggest.

- This is (writes a critic in the Edinburgh Review) a peculiar faculty and extremely rare indeed. Burns had something of it, Beranger perhaps more, but Moore stands absolutely pre-eminent in it."

Moore was consistent through life. His opinions were always those of a man of advanced and liberal mind. He refused office from the Tories, even though offered through his friend Lord Moira. The pension which was given to him in advanced life was not the guerdon of political apostacy. It was his due as a man who had elevated English literature. Even his opponents (Moore mentions the Standard particularly) honourably admitted that he had fairly won that which too often had been bestowed upon tergiversation and dishonesty.

An eloquent critic in the Dublin Review describes the re-perusal of Moore's works in advanced life as bringing back to the imagination feelings, and scenes, and persons long forgotten, and again presenting to the mind the fairy land of early home. Yes, such is Moore. His lines bring back many an early scene-recall to life many who are long since cold and silent. As a musical post he holds


the very first place, for as a writer in the Athenæum beautifully says, “ let the Tennysons be ever so fantastical, the Wordsworths ever so contemplative, the Byrons ever so impassioned; the Irish melodist has his own place, his own pedestal, his own posterity, which will endure so long as any musicians in our land love eloquence and imagination, passion and fancy, when they take forms so sweetly flowing, and so gracefully captivating that the task of the musician appointed to set the song may be described as having been already half done before his spiriting' could begin.”


HONOURS PAID TO MOORE'S MEMORY. THE CHARLEMONT HOUSE MEETING IN 1852. On the 29th of March, 1852, a meeting was held at Charlemont House, Dublin, for the purpose of adopting measures to secure the erection of a testimonial in honour of Moore.

The Earl of CHARLEMONT presided. Mr. George Mulvany, Mr. Charles Meara, and Mr. Samuel Ferguson were appointed honorary secretaries.

The Noble Chairman before the proceedings commenced said—When I find the position in which I am placed, and when I look around me and see so many present more likely than myself to fill the chair with credit, and with advantage to the cause which we all have at heart, I can only impute the distinction to which I have been advanced, partly to the place where the meeting is held, and partly to the prestige attached to the name that I have now borne for fifty-one years; and which it delights my heart to perceive is not yet entirely obliterated from the hearts of the Irish people (applause). To these I am aware I owe the honour I now enjoy (hear, hear). I know that it is quite unnecessary for me in such an assembly as the present, to point out the propriety of keeping ourselves to the one object which brought us together, that object being to do honour to the memory of one who has done honour to us all, one who has exalted the character of Ireland, and by his matchless lyrics has placed the poetry of Ireland on the highest pinnacle for the admiration of the world (applause)

The honorary secretaries read several letters from distinguished parties unable to attend, but promis. ing co-operation. One of these letters was from the sister of Moore's old friend, Thomas Boyse, of Bannow, apologising for her brother's absence from the meeting on account of illness.

Lord Chief Baron Pigot then rose, amid loud applause, to move the first resolution (a resolution of condolence with Mrs. Moore), and said–The resolution is one that requires no argument upon my part to recommend it, in the very front of our proceedings, for the adoption of this meeting ; it speaks its own purpose. I am not sure that it would be delicate in him who proposes it to enlarge upon the subject, for everybody here must feel that it is but a graceful tribute to the individual who is alluded to in it, to propose this resolution as the first proceeding of a meeting convened to do honour to her husband's memory (applause). Upon the general objects of our meeting I am not sure that it would become me to enlarge before you, my lord, the hereditary patron of Irish genius (loud applause), or to those who are here assembled for the special purpose of doing honour to that genius by paying a tribute to the memory of Moore. Perhaps I may be right in asserting that there is not one of those who now hear me, who, at some period of his life, whether it has been a long or a short one, has not owed to the productions of Moore some moments of the highest enjoyment (cheers). Whether we have a mere relish for poetry, for its multiplied attractions, and feel its awakening impulses ; or whether we are lovers of music—that kindred art to poetry in which so few poets of modern times have excelled, but the combination of both of which constituted the remarkable excellence of Moore; or whether we are capable of feeling that intense delight which we know some do derive from the union of melody with verse—verse, speaking as Moore made it speak, the meaning of music in the language of poetry; whether we are capable of any or of all these enjoyments, I believe I am right in saying that all of us have at some time or other yielded ourselves to the spells of the muse of Moore (loud applause).

Dr. Petrie, in seconding the resolution, spoke as follows :-My Lord, proud as I should feel of the honour of being selected to second the resolution now moved by the Lord Chief Baron, yet, from a consciousness of my own want of ability to address, in any fitting manner, an assembly so eminently distinguished for intellectual endowments as this is, and on an occasion of so much importance, I should not, I confess, have had courage enough to undertake the duty if I had not been satisfied that a single observation or two was all that would be required, or would, indeed, be proper. I have no

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