Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland: The merrow. The dullahan. The firdarrig. Treasure legends. Rocks and stones

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Pagina 40 - He canted Jack off his shoulder, and up he shot like a bubble — whirr, whirr, whiz — away he went up through the water, till he came to the very rock he had jumped off, where he found a landing-place, and then in he threw the hat, which sunk like a stone. The sun was just going down in the beautiful sky of a calm summer's evening.
Pagina 32 - Dogherty determined to give a look at the Merrow's rock (for he had always chosen a fine day before), and then he saw the strange thing cutting capers upon the top of the rock, and then diving down, and then coming up, and then diving down again. Jack had now only to choose his time (that is, a good blowing day), and he might see the man of the sea as often as he pleased. All this, however, did not satisfy him — "much will have more;" he wished now to get acquainted with the Merrow, and even in...
Pagina 31 - ... a point, he saw something, like to nothing he had ever seen before, perched upon a rock at a little distance out to sea : it looked green in the body, as well as he could discern at that distance, and he would have sworn, only the thing was impossible, that it had a cocked hat in its hand.
Pagina 56 - O'Sullivan's bride ! The maiden she gazed on the creature of earth, Whose voice in her breast to a feeling gave birth ; Then smiled ; and, abashed as a maiden might be, Looking down, gently sank to her home in the sea.
Pagina 131 - Sometimes I meete them like a man ; Sometimes an ox, sometimes a hound ; And to a horse I turn me can ; To trip and trot about them round.
Pagina 181 - I once," continues Mr. Townsend, " saw his skill tried on a horse which could never before be brought to stand for a smith to shoe him. The day after Sullivan's...
Pagina 33 - ... astonishment, he saw sitting before him a thing with green hair, long green teeth, a red nose, and pig's eyes. It had a fish's tail, legs with scales on them, and short arms like fins: it wore no clothes, but had the cocked hat under its arm, and seemed engaged thinking very seriously about something. Jack, with all his courage, was a little daunted; but now or never, thought he: so up he went boldly to the cogitating fishman, took off his hat, and made his best bow. " Your servant, sir," said...
Pagina 32 - All this, however, did not satisfy him — "much will have more;" he wished now to get acquainted with the Merrow, and even in this he succeeded. One tremendous blustering day before he got to the point whence he had a view of the Merrow's rock, the storm came on so furiously that Jack was obliged to take shelter in one of the caves which are so numerous along the coast; and there, to his astonishment, he saw sitting before him a thing with green hair, long green teeth, a red nose, and pig's eyes....
Pagina 58 - One cause can detain me — one only — 'tis death !" They parted in sorrow with vows true and fond ; The language of promise had nothing beyond. His soul all on fire, with anxiety burns : The moment is gone — but no maiden returns. What sounds from the deep meet his terrified ear — What accents of rage and of grief does he hear ? What sees he? what change has come over the flood— What tinges its green with a jetty of blood ? Can he doubt what the gush of warm blood would explain ? That she...
Pagina 193 - I seiz'd the vermin, home I quickly sped, And on the hearth the milk-white embers spread. Slow crawl'd the snail, and if I right can spell, In the soft ashes mark'da curious L : Oh, may this wondrous omen lucky prove ! For L is found in Lubberkin and Love. * With my sharp heel I three times mark the ground, And turn me thrice around, around, around.

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