But fortune now brought Bonaparte to blight those hopes.
though the hopes of the husbandmen were not unfrequently disappointed by the blight of the south wind.
"the rugged path I Where she once saw that horseman toil, with brief I And blighting hope, who with the news of death I Struck body and soul as with a mortal blight" (blighting, condemned by Rossetti, is cancelled in the Bodleian MS.).
The people came to subsist almost entirely on potatoes and herrings; and in 1846, when the potato blight began its ravages, nearly universal destitution ensued - embracing, over the islands generally, 70% of the inhabitants.
It is possible that this is, in part, due to the artistic blight of the Calvinism which so long dominated the town.