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(1) Cormac, the son of Arth, had given the spear, which is here the foundation of the quarrel, to Oscar, when he came to congratulate him, vpon Swaran's being expelled from Ireland.
bar, like a thin pillar of mist before the winds of Atha (1).
(1) Atha, shallow river t the name of Cairbat's seat in Connaught. (1) The poet means Malvina, the daughter of
And they did weep, O Fingal dear was the hero to their souls. He went out to battle, and the foes vanished; he returned, in peace, amidst their joy. No father mourned his son slain in youth ; no brother his brother of love. They fell, without tears, for the chief of the people was low . Bran (1) is howling at his feet : gloomy Luath is sad , for he had often led them to the chace ; to the bounding roes of the desart.
(1) Bran was one of Fingal's dogs.—He was so remarkable for his fleetness, that the poet, in a piece which is not just now in the translator’s hands, has given him the same properties with Virgil's