The church and the highlands



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And Glynn to him be tied.

Amenl

All ill from every airt

Gome down upon the three, And blast them ere the year be out

In blight and misery.

Amenl

Glynn let misfortune bruise,

Broder lose blood and brains, Amen, O Jesus I hear my voice,

Let Smith be bent in chains.

Amen!

I accuse both Smith and Broder,

And Glynn I accuse to God, May a breach and a gap be upon the three,

And the Lord's avenging rod.

Amen!

Each one of the wicked three

Who raised against me their hand, May fire from heaven come down and slay

This day their perjured band.

Amen!

May none of their race survive,

May God destroy them all, Each curse of the psalms in the Holy Books

Of the prophets upon them fall.

Amen!

Blight skull and ear and skin, Blight hearing and voice and sight,

Amen! Before the year be out Blight, Son of the Virgin, blight!

Amen!

May my curse fall hot and red,

And may all 1 have said this day Smite the Blaok Peeler too,

Amen 1 dear God I pray. Amen!

An Craoibhin Aoebhinn.
THE SHIELD AND THE MAN

We concluded our first paper on this topic with an extract from Keating's History of Ireland in which the interesting and important statement is made that it was ordained by law (a.d. 382) " that every nobleman and great officer should, by the learned heralds, have a particular coat of arms assigned him, according to his merit and his quality ".

Now this statement is highly interesting, in view of the fact that it is commonly believed that heraldry, as we now understand it, did not come into existence until at least a century after the First Crusade. "We are still without any definite evidence," says Mr. Fox Davis,1 " that such a thing as a coat of arms, in the sense in which we now understand the term, had any existence whatso­ever at the time of the First Crusade." It is worthy of note, too, that Planchè placed the be­ginning of armorial bearings a century at least after the conquest of England by William of Normandy; and Mr. Woodward, another eminent genealogist and herald, has recorded his "entire adherence " to Planchè's conclusions. Mr. Horace Round, whose writings we had occasion to allude to in our last issue, and whose painstaking methods are familiar to all, is likewise of this opinion; and he very properly ridicules Mr. Fox Davis for including in his armorial families a coat of arms whose original we are invited to discover in some very early British king. "Within the last few



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