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The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh

Legends and stories of Ireland

by Samuel Lover



A Book,entitled "Popular Stories and Legends of the Peasantry of Ireland, with Illustrations, by Samuel Lover," &c. &c. has lately been published in Dublin, with the authorship of which book I am totally unconnected.

Six illustrations for the volume were supplied by me, and those who are answerable for the work should have let the public distinctly understand that so far only was I concerned, and not have imputed to me, by a questionable use of my name, an authorship which I feel it necessary to disavow.

From the duplicity of this title, many have been induced to imagine that the work, to which it is prefixed, is my Second Series of Legends and Stories; and this very name, too, has been assumed, with a mere transposition, the book

Gentle Reader, I send up my card, and I hope you will not say you are " not at home."

It is some time since I paid you a visit, and you received me then so well, though quite a stranger, that I am tempted to hope you will not drop my acquaintance, now that you know who I am.

It is no easy matter to have a card presented to you, seated as you are in the Temple of Public Favour:—Critics are the lacqueys that line the hall leading to the sanctuary, and it is not every one's card they will send in; while, sometimes an unfortunate name gets so roughly handled amongst them, as to be rendered quite illegible.

However, they were extremely obliging to me, the last time I needed their good offices, and as I have done nothing since to offend them, I hope they won't keep me standing at the door, in these Easterly winds, till I catch a Springcough, though, I dare say, my friends in the Row would be well pleased if I were driven into a rapid consumption.

Be that as it may, I trust they will know me again as I stand in the crowd, although a slight alteration has taken place in my costume since last I appeared before them. I then wore a caubeen, being only a raw recruit, 'but as I was permitted at once, to rise from the awkward squad, and since then have been promoted, on the strength of my first exercise, to the rank of third edition, I gratefully carry the honor that has been conferred upon me, and hope I may, for the future, be permitted to wear the feather in my cap.




." Well, he went farther and farther than I can tell."


A Very striking characteristic of an Irishman is his unwillingness to be outdone. Some have asserted that this arises from vanity, but I have ever been unwilling to attribute an unamiable motive to my countrymen where a better may be found, and one equally tending to produce a similar result, and I consider a deep-seated spirit of emulation to originate this peculiarity. Phrenologists might resolve it by supposing the organ of the love of approbation to predominate in our Irish craniums, and it may be so; but as I am not in the least a metaphysician, and very little of a phrenologist, I leave those who choose, to settle the point in question, quite content with the knowledge of the fact with which I started, viz. the unwillingness of an Irishman to be outdone. This spirit, it is likely, may sometimes lead men into ridiculous positions; but it is equally probable, that the desire of surpassing one another has given birth to many of the noblest actions, and some of the most valuable inventions; let us, therefore, not fall out with it.

Now, having vindicated the motive of my countrymen, I will prove the total absence of national prejudice in so doing, by giving an illustration of the ridiculous consequences attendant upon this Hibernian peculiarity.

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