Maud Gonne in London and Dublin--Parnell's Funeral
--Publication of Countess Cathleen--Books for Young
Ireland--The Gaelic League

The Bishops and the Party
That tragic story made,
A husband that had sold his wife
And after that betrayed;
But stories that live longest
Are sung above the glass,
And Parnell loved his country,
And Parnell loved his lass.

IN A book of selections from Irish novelists, Maria Edgeworth, Lover, Lever, Gerald Griffin and others, published in 1890 in London and in New York, Yeats closed his introduction with the prophecy of an intellectual movement in Ireland at the first lull in politics. Though Captain O'Shea had already filed the petition for divorce which named the Irish leader as co-respondent, Parnell was still at the height of his power; no one yet imagined that the affair would cause the split in the Irish parliamentary party which eventually turned the better part of Ireland from politics--at least of the material and party kind--and so contributed to a rebirth of more spiritual conceptions of nationality, going back, on the one hand, to Gaelic tradition, and, on the


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