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The authenticity of Macpherson’s collection was already controversially judged, when it came, translated in several European languages, to the continent. The author was said having written the poems ... Read full review
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aged appears arms aroſe bards battle beam behold bend blaſt blood breaſt Cairbar called cave chief clouds comes Connal Cuthullin dark daughter death deeds diſtant dwelling echoing Erin eyes face failed fair fall fallen fame fathers feaſt fell fide field figh fight filent Fingal firſt fled friends Gaul ghoſts give grey grief hair hall hand harp head hear heard heath heroes hill king land lift light Lochlin look maid midſt mighty miſt moon Morven mournful moved never night Offian Oſcar peace plain poem race raiſed renown replied reſt riſe roar rock rolled roſe round ruſhed ſad ſaid ſaw ſea ſeen ſhall ſhe ſhells ſhield ſide ſon ſong ſoul ſound ſpear ſpread ſteel ſteps ſtood ſtorm ſtrangers ſtream ſtrength ſun Swaran ſword tears thee thou thouſand tomb tree turned voice waves wind youth
Page 75 - O sun, in the strength of thy youth! Age is dark and unlovely; it is like the glimmering light of the moon when it shines through broken clouds, and the mist is on the hills: the blast of the north is on the plain; the traveller shrinks in the midst of his journey.
Page 164 - But he fell, and his father mourned; his sister's eyes were full of tears. Minona's eyes were full of tears, the sister of car-borne Morar. She retired from the song of Ullin, like the moon in the west, when she foresees the shower, and hides her fair head in a cloud. I touched the harp with Ullin; the song of mourning rose!
Page 164 - RYNO The wind and the rain are past: calm is the noon of day. The clouds are divided in heaven. Over the green hills flies the inconstant sun. Red through the stony vale comes down the stream of the hill. Sweet are thy murmurs, O stream! but more sweet is the voice I hear. It is the voice of Alpin, the son of song, mourning for the dead!
Page 128 - The half-enlightened moon finks dim and red behind her hill. Feeble voices are heard on the heath. Ofcar drew his fword...
Page 163 - Colma who calls. Here is the tree, and the rock. Salgar, my love! I am here. Why delayest thou thy coming?
Page 65 - I have seen the walls of Balclutha, but they were desolate. The fire had resounded in the halls: and the voice of the people is heard no more. The stream of Clutha was removed from its place, by the fall of the walls. The thistle shook there its lonely head: the moss whistled to the wind. The fox looked out from the windows, the rank grass of the wall waved round its head. Desolate is the dwelling of Moina, silence is in the house of her fathers.
Page 61 - Two stones, half sunk in the ground, shew their heads of moss. The deer of the mountain avoids the place, for he beholds a dim ghost standing there.
Page 184 - Darts rush along the sky, spears fall like the circles of light which gild the face of night. As the noise of the troubled ocean when roll the waves on high, as the last peal of thunder in heaven, such is the din of war.
Page 227 - I rejoiced in my secret soul, when his sword flamed over the slain. They fled amain through Lena's heath. We pursued and slew. As stones that bound from rock to rock ; as axes in echoing woods; as thunder rolls from hill to hill, in dismal broken peals; so blow succeeded to blow, and death to death, from the hand of Oscar and mine.