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LISSOY HOUSE,

THE RESIDENCE OF GOLDSMITH'S FATHER.

(See Frontispiece.)

"The house once occupied by the Rector of Kilkenny West, pleasantly situated and of good dimensions, is now a ruin, verifying the truth of the pathetic lines of his son

"Vain transitory splendours! Could not all
Reprieve the tottering mansion from its fall!

The front, including a wing, extends, as nearly as could be judged by pacing it, sixty-eight feet by a depth of twenty-four : it consisted of two stories, with five windows in each. The roof has been off for a period of twenty years; the gable ends remain, but the front and back walls of the upper story have crumbled away, and if the hand of the destroyer be not stayed, will soon wholly disappear. Two or three wretched cottages for labourers, surrounded by mud, adjoin it on the left. Behind the house is an orchard of some extent, and the remains of a garden, both utterly neglected. No picture of desolation can be more complete. As if an image of impending ruin had been present, the Poet has painted with fearful accuracy what his father's house was to be

'Near yonder copse, where once the garden smiled,
And still where many a garden flower grows wild-
There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose,
The village Preacher's modest mansion rose.'"

See LIFE, vol. i. p. 19.

THE BEE.

VOL. I.

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