Feel the smart of


Senior Member
Hi everyone,

I can’t seem to understand felt the smart of them in the following paragraph:

If it had been foretold to those patriots at the revolution, who remembered long parliaments, who still felt the smart of them, who struggled hard for annual, and obtained with much difficulty, at the end of five or six years triennal parliaments, that a time would come when even the term of triennal parliaments would be deemed too short…

Could someone please explain what it means?
  • cidertree

    Senior Member
    Béarla na hÉireann (Hiberno-English)
    It means that they could still feel (or at least remember) the pain or suffering these long parliaments caused.