BLARNEY CASTLE IRELAND — The “Emerald Isle” abounds in lovely bits of scenery, of which some ivy-mantled abbey or historic castle forms a charming feature. One of the most renowned of these Old Irish ruins is Blarney Castle, not far from Cork. On the highest point of the northeast angle of the tower is a stone bearing the date of 1703, and held in position by two iron bars. In 1825 Sir Walter Scott, while on a tour through Ireland, kissed this “Blarney Stone,” as thousands of tourists do every year. The effect which this act has upon the eloquence of any one who thus salutes it is thus told in verse:

“There is a stone there

That whoever kisses

Oh! he never misses

To grow eloquent.

’Tis he may clamber

To a lady’s chamber

Or become a member

Of Parliament.

A clever spouter

He’ll sure turn out, or

An out-and-outer

To be left alone.

Don’t hope to hinder him,

Or to bewilder him;

Sure’s, he’s a pilgrim

From the Blarney Stone.”

(from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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