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mon came forward in mist. In winds were its * *

t hundred groves. Sun-beams marked, at times,
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*) Ton - thena, fire of the wave, was that remark- o

able star, which, as has been mentioned in the
seventh book of Temora, directed the course

- - of Larthon to Ireland. It seems to have been

ol well known to those, who failed on that sea,

* which divides Ireland from South - Britain. As

o: the course of offin was along the coast of Inis

huna, he mentions with propriety, that star
which directed the voyage of the colony from to

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*) Rath-col, woody field, does not appear to ho been the residence of Duth-carmor; he stem" rather to have been forced thither by a storm; at least. I should think that to be the meaning of the poet, from his expression, that Tooth". had hid her head, and that he bounds his who bosomed sails; which is as much as to say, that the weather was stormy, and that Duth-carm" put-in to the bay of Rath-col for shelter.

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deeds of Duth-carmor were dark, tho' his arm was strong, - - --

Night came, with the gathering of clouds. By the beam of the oak we fat down. At a

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*) From this circumfiance, succeeding bards feigned, that Cathlin, who is here in the disguise of a young warrior, had fillen in love with Duth- carmor, at a feast, to which he had been invited by her father. Her love was converted into de

testation for him, after he had murdered her

father. But as those rain-bows of heaven are chamgeful, say my authors, speaking of women, she felt the return of her former passion, upon the approach of Duth-carmor's danger. — I myself, who think Inore favourably of the sex, must attribute the agitation of Cathlin's mind to her extream sensibility to the injuries done her by Duth-carmor; and this opinion is favoured by the sequel of the story. . .


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among the ancient kings of Scotland, to retire from their army on the night preceding a batt: le. The story which Ossian introduces in the next paragraph, concerns the fall of the Druids, of which I gave some account in the dissertation prefixed to the first volume. It is said in many old poems, that the Druids, in the extremity of their affairs, had solicited and obtained aid from Scandinavia. Among the auxiliaries there came many pretended magicians: which circumstance Offian alludes to, in his description of the son of Loda. Magic and incantation could not, however," prevail: for Trenmor, assisted by the valour of his son

Trathal, entirely broke the power of the Druids.

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