PEARSE, P.H. Oration of P.H. Pearse over Rossa’s Grave. First edition.
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IRELAND UNFREE SHALL NEVER BE AT PEACE
Dublin: Fergus O'Connor, n.d. (1915). First. Single oblong sheet, 195 x 252mm, printed one side only, set in double column within horizontal rules. Framed. A near fine copy . Rare.
The only separate printing of this superb short address, one of the finest set-piece orations in any language or period of history, worthy to stand with such as Pericles and Abraham Lincoln. The attractive and unusual typography is probably the work of Colm Ó Lochlainn, who was a member of the Rossa funeral committee. Life springs from death; and from the graves of patriot men and women spring live nations. This masterpiece of patriotic rhetoric has an iconic ending "but the fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace".
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