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QuotedMatter: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end. - John Boyle O'Reilly

QuotedMatter: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end. - John Boyle O'Reilly

DanMulhall: This poem is by John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-90) who, because of Fenian activities, was transported to W. Australia in 1867. He escaped 2 years later & settled in Boston where he owned & edited the Pilot newspaper. He was a dogged opponent of all forms of discrimination & oppression

Ambreen86026045: “The Red Rose Whispers Of Passion, And The White Rose Breathes Of Love; O, The Red Rose Is A Falcon, And The white Rose Is A Dove.” ~ John Boyle O’Reilly

dstny03: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

DutchGirlCafe: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

robertsnickc: What man would be wise, let him drink of the river That bears on his bosom the record of time; A message to him every wave can deliver To teach him to creep till he knows how to climb. John Boyle O’Reilly

robertsnickc: What man would be wise, let him drink of the river That bears on his bosom the record of time; A message to him every wave can deliver To teach him to creep till he knows how to climb. John Boyle O’Reilly

robertsnickc: Who heeds not experience, trust him not. John Boyle O’Reilly

robertsnickc: Who heeds not experience, trust him not. John Boyle O’Reilly

PeteMLynch: From John Boyle O’Reilly -statue in the Fens in Boston -leader of the Catalpa expedition -poet -mugshot on wine bottles today

buytabutoys: You gave me the key of your heart, my love; Then why did you make me knock?" "Oh that was yesterday, saints above! And last night- I changed the lock! -- John Boyle O'Reilly "The Key Holder" Deluxe Clear Case With Lock

zarvaann: The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove. John Boyle O’Reilly

LiteraryRob: Has the Lord looked upon thee in ire, And willed thou be chastened by fire, Without any ruth? John Boyle O'Reilly's poem about the Great Boston Fire, November 9, 1872 --

jarhead996: Not so! not so! Till the world is done, the shadow of wrong is dread. The crowd that bends to a lord today, tomorrow shall strike him dead." -John Boyle O'Reilly

PallasPolias: No, no, from the street's rude bustle From trophies of mart and stage I would fly to the wood's low rustle And the meadow's kindly page Let me dream as of old by the river And be loved for the dream alway For a dreamer lives forever And a toiler dies in a day John Boyle O'Reilly

robertsnickc: The world is large when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide; But the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side. John Boyle O’Reilly

robertsnickc: The world is large when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide; But the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side. John Boyle O’Reilly

TorridSouls: I gave her these upon her return and then she showed me this: ...a cream-white rosebud with a flush on its petal tips; For the love that is purest and sweetest has a kiss of desire on the lips. from The White Rose -John Boyle O'Reilly (more of poem in comments)

DanMulhall: The Infinite always is silent: It is only the Finite speaks. Our words are the idle wave-caps On the deep that never breaks. We may question with wand of science, Explain, decide and discuss; But only in meditation The Mystery speaks to us. John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890)

ClancyNeil: Those of you in Boston can visit memorial of John Boyle O'Reilly. Mid 19th c Fenian, poet and journalist, sentenced to death (treason!) by British, transported to Australia, escaped to US on a whaling ship, planned escapes of other political convicts in Oz, lived & died in Mass.

JoeEDwyer: “There is not among those who love justice and liberty any question of race, creed or colour; every heart that beats for humanity beats with the oppressed.” - John Boyle O’Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

Nealieeeee: "Be true to your word and your work and your friend." —John Boyle O’Reilly

wonderrosesuk: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

MHS1791: In fact, the John Boyle O’Reilly monument you can glimpse from our reading room window is by French. It was erected in 1896, around the same time that the MHS put down roots in the Fenway. Check out this Beehive post all about it:

carolcollector: “Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end.” John Boyle O'Reilly

heathen_words: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end. ~John Boyle O'Reilly

darkestballads: "The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove." John Boyle O'Reilly

LiteraryRob: Love her? O, richer than silk every sail of her: John Boyle O'Reilly's poem about the yacht that won the America's Cup, September 9, 1886 --

Kipkoech_the4th: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

RebeccaVenter: The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.-John Boyle O’Reilly. For you, Ian Buchanan, a wildflower in the garden of life! Thanks for pics! I love all of them!

akmalazmn23_: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

HannahIrishLady: John Boyle O'Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

LiteraryRob: Think what sweep of wing hath he, / Loosed in endless liberty: James Whitcomb Riley's tribute poem on the death of fellow writer John Boyle O'Reilly, August 13, 1890 --

hatemmmabobakr: "Be silent and safe... silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end." John Boyle O'Reilly.

1312Patrick: John Boyle O'Reilly (1878)

bunnydoodles: Be true to your work, your word and your friend. -- Irish-American writer/activist John Boyle O'Reilly

AliceDedonato: 1875 – Karl Andree, German geographer and journalist (b. 1808) 1889 – Arthur Böttcher, German pathologist and anatomist (b. 1831) 1890 – John Boyle O'Reilly, Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer (b. 1844) 1896 – Otto Lilienthal, German pilot and engineer (b. 1848)

_ishingMachine: Happy departure John Boyle O'Reilly!!!

BaltimoreParade: 10 Aug 1890: John Boyle O'Reilly died, Hull, Massachusetts. After escaping penal servitude in Western Australia, he became a newspaper editor in Boston, and helped to plan the Catalpa rescue.

ThisDayIrish: This day 130 years ago - 10 August 1890 - John Boyle O'Reilly died. As editor of Boston newspaper The Pilot, O'Reilly (born in Drogheda) was staunchly anti-racist, writing in 1877: “The Pilot holds that the colored man should stand on a perfect equality with the white man.”

Katjana2763: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. ~ John Boyle O'Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

hodgetts_susan: 'The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; For the love that is purest and sweetest Has a kiss of desire on the lips.' 'A White Rose': John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890)

kangtafhyun: A White Rose (John Boyle O’Reilly) The red rose whispers of passion, a "falcon" But i send you white rose, a cream-white rosebud With a flush on its petal tips: For the love that purest and sweetest

legacy_irish: John Boyle O'Reilly, the favourite poet of John F. Kennedy, was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who, as a member of the British Army, recruited 80 fellow soldiers to participate in the impending Fenian Rising. He was arrested and sentenced to death on the eve of 1/3

MayflowerBrit: We're proud to announce the first in a series of Mayflower podcasts discussing our research: 'Radical Pilgrims' considers the radical and revolutionary writing of Ebenezer Elliott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and John Boyle O’Reilly (Pictured)

stringfestdata: "The organized charity, scrimped and iced, In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ." John Boyle O'Reilly

JohnVHillery: Walking among the white roses in the garden this morning reminds me of John Boyle O'Reilly’s poem: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.”

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

Auntie_Haxxer: For the record - greatest Irish Americans 1. John Boyle O’Reilly 2. Jack Kennedy. 3. Myself. 4. Hercules Mulligan.

krishanmohanjha: The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.” – John Boyle O’Reilly

fraveris: Poem animation

archnaverma: Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end. - John Boyle O'Reilly

NORTHTRENTON: Happy Birthday to Paul Broca (d. 1880), Emil Erlenmeyer (d. 1909), Joseph Joachim (d. 1907), Emmanuel Rhoides (d. 1904), John Boyle O'Reilly (d. 1890), Charles Cruft (d. 1938), Luigi Pirandello (d. 1936), Alexis Carrel (d. 1944) and Henri Lebesgue (d. 1941).

gundam_cat: "The right word fitly spoken is a precious rarity." - John Boyle O'Reilly

BaltimoreParade: 28 Jun 1844, Dowth, Co. Meath: John Boyle O'Reilly born. The Fenian, transported on the last convict ship to Western Australia, managed to escape to Boston, where he became a noted newspaper editor and author. and helped to plan the Catalpa rescue.

lorraineelizab6: After escaping to US, John Boyle O'Reilly became a prominent spokesperson for the Irish community through his editorship of the Boston newspaper The Pilot, his prolific writing & lecture tours. Bust side of his monument, Boston, USA, by Daniel Chester French. Dedicated 1896.

lorraineelizab6: Daniel Chester French’s John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial in Boston, USA, groups the allegorical figures of Erin (Ireland), Patriotism & Poetry on one side & features a bust of O’Reilly on the other. Separated by a wall of stone carved with Celtic knotwork.

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

jmdlh4: "Only those who have stood within the bars and heard the din of devils and the appalling sounds of despair can imagine the horrors of the hold of a convict ship." -John Boyle O'Reilly.

MelanieJaxn: THE red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove. -John Boyle O'Reilly

nancy_mueller: “The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love . . . “ - from The White Rose, by poet John Boyle O’Reilly

conjohly: Anybody aware of a biog / history of John Boyle O'Reilly? Seems like quite the dude from Wiki anyway - jouno, soldier, Fenian, convict in AUS, escapee journo in Boston, anti-slavery campaigner, poet...and all before his death at 46!

CodedThought: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; Be true to your word and your work and your friend; Put the least trust in him who is foremost to praise you, nor judge of a road till it draws to the end. - John Boyle O'Reilly.

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

vlknack: Quote of the day: Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. - John Boyle O'Reilly

lux_sep: The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.      John Boyle O'Reilly

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FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

o_deaglan: A prison photograph of the Fenian and friend of Oscar Wilde, John Boyle O'Reilly:

dread_rocco: The White Rose by John Boyle O'Reilly

LiteraryRob: The peaceful valley has waked and stirred: John Boyle O'Reilly's poem "The Ride of Collins Graves" celebrates a farmer who saved lives amidst a breaking dam in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, May 16, 1874 --

EC_Sheedy: The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love... John Boyle O'Reilly

LiteraryRob: With songs of promise birds could never sing: When the "New York World" newspaper hit half a million subscribers, they asked poet John Boyle O'Reilly for some verses to celebrate, May 10, 1887 --

c1aranquinn: “For the love that is purest and sweetest Has a kiss of desire on the lips”. John Boyle O’Reilly

KhalilSamoo: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

As_Miera95: The red rose whispers of passion And the white rose breathes of love, O, the red rose is falcon And the white rose is a dove. - John Boyle O’Reilly

TheFlyingColum1: Today I would like to highlight John Boyle O'Reilly, a son of the green fields of Meath. He was arrested in 1866 and sentenced to death for his IRB activities. Due to his youth his sentence was commuted and he went to the US, participating in the Fenian Invasion of Canada...

irelandincolour: Moved by this, Devoy discussed a rescue plan with John Boyle O'Reilly and another Fenian, Thomas McCarthy Fennell. James Reynolds of the Clan na Gael organisation bought a boat called the Catalpa. Devoy approached George Anthony who agreed to be the captain.

jennboyermusic: You may grind their souls in the selfsame mill You may bind them heart and brow But the poet will follow the rainbow still, And his brother will follow the plow. ~John Boyle O’Reilly~

SleepingHanuman: You may grind their souls in the selfsame mill You may bind them heart and brow But the poet will follow the rainbow still, And his brother will follow the plow. ~John Boyle O’Reilly~

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

SJMcArdle: “Like brooks that grow from many mountain rills/The peasant-stream flowed out from Irish vales” - John Boyle O’Reilly

DarkwingLady: CREAM WHITE ROSE WITH BLOOD RED TIPS By John Boyle O'Reilly (A poem for the Heart-thieving Skeleton) The red rose whispers of passion, And the white rose breathes of love; O, the red rose is a falcon, And the white rose is a dove.

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RaglanRoadPub: The right word fitly spoken is a precious rarity. John Boyle O'Reilly

FindYourSilence: Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you. — John Boyle O'Reilly ^

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 by Carl Sandburg

TWO Swede families live downstairs and an Irish policeman upstairs, and an old soldier, Uncle Joe.
Two Swede boys go upstairs and see Joe. His wife is dead, his only son is dead, and his two daughters in Missouri and Texas don't want him around.
The boys and Uncle Joe crack walnuts with a hammer on the bottom of a flatiron while the January wind howls and the zero air weaves laces on the window glass.
Joe tells the Swede boys all about Chickamauga and Chattanooga, how the Union soldiers crept in rain somewhere a dark night and ran forward and killed many Rebels, took flags, held a hill, and won a victory told about in the histories in school.
Joe takes a piece of carpenter's chalk, draws lines on the floor and piles stove wood to show where six regiments were slaughtered climbing a slope.
'Here they went' and 'Here they went,' says Joe, and the January wind howls and the zero air weaves laces on the window glass.
The two Swede boys go downstairs with a big blur of guns, men, and hills in their heads. They eat herring and potatoes and tell the family war is a wonder and soldiers are a wonder.
One breaks out with a cry at supper: I wish we had a war now and I could be a soldier.
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