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like the rolling of vapours from the face of Not careless looked
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 *).
*) 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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* . the undisguised manners of mankind. — War
*) Lormar was the son of Contnor, and the brother
! f - lands,
*) 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.
dinavia. In it, at a hunting party, met Cul
, , gorm and Suran - drónlo, the kings of two neighbouring isles. They differed about the honour
of killing a boar; and a war was kindled be-" is 0. - - -o
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.
**) I - thorno, says tradition, was an island of Scan.
*) From the circumstance of Offan not being pre: sent at the rites, described in the preceding para. -- - * graph,
moved red from the mountain. My song, at
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.
between his wandering locks. – I knew the king of Atha, and threw my spear on earth. — Dark, we turned, and filent passed to mix with other foes. -
contempt. This difference of sentinent, with regard to religion, is a sort of argument, that the