Author A Defence of Ireland, poem in Answer to the Partial
and Malicious Accounts given of it by Mr. [Richard] Twiss, in A tour in Ireland in 1775 (1776).
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[As Mr. Lewis,] A Defence of Ireland: A poem. In answer to the partial and malicious accounts given of it by Mr. Twiss, and other writers (Dublin: printed for the author, by W. Kidd 1776), 30pp., 8o.
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The Battle of the Players, Exhibiting the Characters of All the Actors
and Actresses of the Irish Stage (Dublin 1762); [or John Wilson] The Postchaise Companion Through Ireland (Dublin n.d., c.1787); also
3rd edn., listed [under Lewis[,] Richard].
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Joseph Th. Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fior-Ghael: Studies in the Idea of Irish Nationality, Its Development and Literary Expression Prior To The Nineteenth Century (Amsterdam: John Benjamins 1986) :
remarks on A Defence of Ireland, written in Answer to the Partial and Malicious Accounts given of it by Mr. Twiss, which contains, amid much invective in heroic couplets, an appeal to Charles OConor ... Irelands most able champion in the national fight against calumny [quotes:] When cowardly Scribblers, with infernal Rage, / IRELAND traduce in each malignant Page, / When base Assassins grasp thenvenomd Dart, / And try to stab HIBERNIA to the Heart, / Why sleeps OCONNOR [sic]? / Why, with powerful arm, / Will he not straight such Murders disarm? / Rise, Rise! - thy Country calls! - In soft Repose / Indulge not, but chastise thy Foes: / Let not, Oh! let not those thou lovst complain, / Nor hear thy Country as thy Aid in vain. (p.28; Leerrsen, p.415.) See also Leerssen, Antiquarian Research: Patriotism to Nationalism, in Cyril J. Byrne & Margaret Harry, eds., Talamh an Eisc: Canadian and Irish Essays (Halifax: Nimbus Publ. Co.), pp.71-83 [quoting the lines: when cowardly Scribblers