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National Being

By Russell, George William

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Title: National Being  
Author: Russell, George William
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: In the year nineteen hundred and fourteen Anno Domini, amid a world conflict, the birth of the infant State of Ireland was announced. Almost unnoticed this birth, which in other times had been cried over the earth with rejoicings or anger. Mars, the red planet of war, was in the ascendant when it was born. Like other births famous in history, the child had to be hidden away for a time, and could not with pride be shown to the people as royal children were wont to be shown. Its enemies were unforgiving, and its friends were distracted with mighty happenings in the world. Hardly did they know whether it would not be deformed if it survived: whether this was the Promised, or another child yet to be conceived in the womb of the Mother of Parliaments. Battles were threatened between two hosts, secular champions of two spiritual traditions, to decide its fate. That such a conflict threatened showed indeed that there was something of iron fibre in the infant, without which in their make?up individuals or nations do nothing worthy of remembrance. Hercules wrestled with twin serpents in his cradle, and there were twin serpents of sectarianism ready to strangle this infant State of ours if its guardians were not watchful, or if the infant was not itself strong enough to destroy them.

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Table of Contents: National Being, 1 -- (A.E.)George William Russell, 1 -- I, 2 -- II, 4 -- III, 5 -- IV, 7 -- V, 9 -- VI, 12 -- VII, 16 -- VIII, 19 -- IX, 21 -- X, 22 -- XI, 24 -- XII, 25 -- XIII, 28 -- XIV, 31 -- XV, 35 -- XVI, 37 -- XVII, 40 -- XVIII, 42 -- XIX, 45 -- XX, 47


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