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winds are around thee, from all their ecchoing /

hills. Red, over my hundred streams, are the
light-

- *) The traditious, which accompany this poem,
-- o inform us, that both it, and the succeeding pie- -
of ce, went, of old, under the name of Laoi
Oi-lutha; i. e. the hymns of the maid of Lutha.
They pretend also to fix the time of its composi-
tion to the third year after the death of Fin-
gal; that is, during the expedition of Fergus
the son of Fingal, to the banks of Uista duthon.
- In support of this opinion, the Highland.senachies
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of his hospitality and friendly intentions toward
them. o: . -
It may not be disagreeable to the reader, to I
lay here before him the ceremony of the Cran. |
tara, which was of a similar nature, and, till Il

very lately, used in the Highlands. – When ... the news of an enemy came to the residence of

the chief, he iminediately killed a goat with his

own sword, dipped the end of an half-burnt {{ - piece of wood in the blood, and gave it to out

of his servants, to be carried to the next him

iet. From hamlet to hamlet this tessera WaS Cdr.
rted with the utmost expedition, and, in the
space of a few hours, the whole clan were in
arms, and convened in an appointed place;
the name of which was the only word that ac,
compainied the delivery of the Cran-tara. This
symbol was the manifesto of the chief, by which
he threatened fire and sword to those of his clan,
that did not immediately appear at his standard,

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*) Lânul, full-eyed, a surname which, according tg tradition, was bestowed on the daughter of Cathmol, on account of her beauty: this tradition, however, inay have been founded on that partiality, which the bards have shewn to Cathlin' of Clitha, for, according to them, no falshood could dwell in the soul of the lovely.

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