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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, December 19, 1849 VALUE OF ANCESTRAL TRADITION - Alas! with all those far reaching memories appealing to
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, December 19, 1849


      VALUE OF ANCESTRAL TRADITION - Alas! with all those far reaching memories
      appealing to the imagination in the older world, how naked and impoverished does
      America appear! And the more stirring memorials of an even more recent and yet
      vanished epoch perhaps excite our sympathies more. Who can describe the emotion
      produced upon this mind by the first sight of a ruined castle, by an old, gray,
      battered, shattered relic of the feudal age, even it it be enriched by no
      special memory, and hallowed by no familiar name? Who can gauge the exact effect
      produced upon national character, the strength of the conservative feeling
      nourished by the constant presence of such memorials in lands where every hill
      top is crowned with its ruined tower, where every valley embosoms its ivy
      mantled abbey, where fable and romantic legend have lent a name and a charm to
      every forest, mountain, rock and river? How many bayonets to support the wrong
      reside in the ballads of chivelry, in the minnesinger's minstrelsy, in the
      Niebelungenlied, in Walter Scott's romance? Who can unravel the magic web which
      is woven over individual and national character by these subtle influences,
      which appeal to the more sentimental and imaginative, although not the least
      potent principles of human nature, but which have not their vitality except in
      the lands to which they belong? Chevy Chase, Ivanhoe, and the Orlando Furioso,
      may be read to-day in Wisconsin; but America reads them as she read Aesop's
      fables.- The country without a past cannot be intoxicated by visions of the past
      of other lands.-- North American Review.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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