Edward Hayes

Life
[?1800-?]; compiler of The Ballads of Ireland, 2 vols. (1855), and num. editions.

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Works
The Ballads of Ireland; Collected and Edited with Notes Historical and Biographical, 2 vols. (London: A Fullerton 1855), ill.; Do. [another edn.] 1 vol. (Boston: Alexander Moore 1856); Do. [5th edn.] (Dublin: James Duffy, & Sons [1869]), 10 pls. [intro. by William Keneally and ded. Charles Gavan Duffy; signed wood engravs. by W. Bowman, Macpherson, and H.K., printed by Pattison Jolly, Dublin]; Do. (Duffy [1890]).

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Quotations
The Ballads of Ireland (1857): ‘The very extravagance of the allegory employed on these occasions is an unmistakable index to the intensity of the persecution which produced it in the first place.’ (p.xxi). Further: ‘It was this persecution of the bards by Elizabeth and Cromwell, which led to the dreamy allegory in which national hopes were shrouded. Ireland was the poet’s [20] love [...] and so consistent were his political rhapsodies, on some occasions, with the wailings of the tender passion, that it is almost impossible to discriminate whether they were intended for his country or his mistress. Of this class is Mangan’s “Dark Rosaleen”, which some consider political [have here been] placed among the Ballads of the Affections.’ (Idem; cited in Luke Gibbons, Transformations in Irish Culture, Cork UP 1996, p.20-21; and cf. Samuel Ferguson’s review of Hardiman’s Irish Minstrelsy in the Dublin University Magazine, during 1834 which occasions this defence.

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References
Ulster University Library (Morris Collection) holds Ballads of Ireland (Duffy [1890]).

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