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roes. Nor lost to other lands was he, like a meteor that finks in a cloud. He came forth, at times, in his brightness, to the distant dwelling of foes. His fame came, like the sound of winds, to Cluba’s woody vale *).

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*) Too partial to our own tines, we are ready te inaik out remote antiquity, as the region of ignoratice and barbarism. This, perhaps, is extending our prejudices too far. It has been long remarked, that knowledge, in a great measure, is founded on a free intercourse between mankind; and that the mind is enlarged in propor

tion to the observations, it has inade upon the

inanners of different men and nations,

I£ we look, with attention, into the history of Fin

- gal, as delivered by Offian, we shall find that

he was not altogether a poor ignorant hunter,

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- - confined to the narrow corner of an island. His
expeditions to all parts of Scandinavia, to the
north of Germany, and the different states of
Great Britain and Ireland , were very numerous,
and performed under such a charaćter, and at
such times, as gave him an opportunity to mark

* . the undisguised manners of mankind. — War
# and an aaive life, as they call forth, by tums,
o * - all the powers of the soul, present to us the
different charaćters of men : in times of peace
and quiet, for want of objects to exert them,
i - the powers of the mind lie concealed, in a
o * * , great measure, and we see only artificial passions
à. and manners. It is from this consideration
1. I conclude, that a traveller of penetration could
f gather more genuine knowledge from a tour of
| ancient Gaul, than from the minutest observation
o of all the artificial manners, and elegant refine-
1, ments of modern France. /

*) Lormar was the son of Contnor, and the brother
of Sul-malla. After the death of Connor, Lor-
mar succeeded him in the throne.

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*) Cathmor, the son of Borbar-duthul. It would appear, from the partiality with which Sul-mal. la speaks of that hero, that she had seen him, . previous to his joining her father's army; tho’ tradition positively asserts, that it was, after his return, that she fell in love with him.

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tween them. — From this episode we Inay its. - i. learn, that the manners of the Scandinavians we#:

re much more savage and cruel, than those of Britain. — It is remarkable, that the names, introduced in this story, are not of Galic original, which circuins ince affords room to suppose , that it had its foundation in true history.

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Cathmor heard my voice; for he lay, beneath the oak, in all his gleaming arms. – Morning came ; we rushed to fight: from wing to wing, in the rolling of strife. They fell, like the thistle - head, beneath autumnal winds.

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