(Continued from page 5) tries. Under the Crown — in itself a Catholic idea and tradition—Ireland can develop her own outlook, Catholic and Irish, even more than she has hitherto done, in the completest liberty, yet the common allegiance of two independent countries would ensure common and mutual advantages and give them a value not wholly material.
It goes without saying that England would with equal generosity and understanding make possible a United Ireland.
The End of the Empire
if I am anywhere near right in my prophecies about the future of England she will certainly not remain for ever the mother country of a vast Empire, and when in proces1 of time the Empire breaks up, it will be time for Ireland to consider whether she also wishes to remain under allegiance to the Crown.
I should like to think that she would, voluntarily and spontaneously, because she would recognise that the ties which bind together the two countries go much deeper than the ties which bound together, whether by convenience or conquest. the other parts of the Empire; and the England of that day, while being very different from the England of today, will still remain the neighbour of Ireland, will still share a common language and literature, will, please God, share the same religion. In that day the material ties will be as strong as ever, but instead of being strained by deeper spiritual differences they will be strengthened by new spiritual understandings.
These are dreams, but the Irish have ever been dreamers, and their dreams have generally come true. This is a new dream, an English dream, and if it ever came true, not England only would be the richer for its realisation.