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'¢ From prayers to proverbs, primitive customs to homespun charms, this compendium of sharp-edged satire and comforting common sense captures the spirit of the Emerald Isle. The text is a beguiling blend of wit and whimsy that is essentially Irish. '¢ A delightful look at Irish culture and experience and at the inimitable Irish way with words, this treasury includes triads dating from the ninth century, 28 riddles of traditional Irish life, 32 prayers and blessings for all occasions, 50 proverbs, the best of Ireland's toasts and 50 early "Brehon" laws. '¢ A full-color illustration adds enchantment to each spread.