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at Banff, still retains the name of Duvran. If that is meant , by Ossian , in this passage , Lathmon must have been a prince of the Pićtish nation, or those Caledonians who inhabited of old the eastern coast of Scotland.
(1) Ossian seldom fails to give his heroes i though enemies , that generosity of temper which, it appears from his poems, was a conspicuous part of his own charaćter. Those who too much despise their enemies do not refle& , that the more they take from the valour of their foes, the less merit they have themselves in conquering them. The custom of depreciating enemies is not altogether one of the refinements of modern heroism. This railing disposition is one of the capital faults in Homer's charaćters, which , by the bye , cannot be imputed to the poet , who kept to the manners of the times of which he wrote. Milton has followed Homer in this respea ; but railing is less shocking in infernal spirits , who are the objeas of horror, than in heroes, who are set up as Patterns of imitation, -