Soundings Soundings

Words failed me

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7217.1143a (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1143
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    When you English first came to Ireland you despoiled our relics, cut down all our ancient trees, pillaged our women, and made rude noises at our menfolk. But we got the better of you; we loved, relentlessly, every second of it, and as a bonus we got the English language, the heritage of Shakespeare and Milton, with all its capacity for bombast and subtlety, pageantry, and nuance, a star crossed marriage of a people gifted with a wild imagination …

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