James Stephens was an Irish Republican and the founding member of an originally unnamed revolutionary organisation in Dublin on 17 March 1858, later to become known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood, also referred to as the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood by contemporaries.
An old man sat beneath a tree Alone;
So still was he That, if he had been carved in stone,
He could not be More quiet or more cold:
He was an ancient man More than
A thousand ages old.