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Can the vanquished carry joy Ossian, no shield is mine. It lies broken on the field. The eagle-wing of my helmet is torn. It is when foes fly before them that fathers delight in their &: But their fighs burst forth, in secret, when their .# warriors yield.— No : Fillan will not behold the king. Why should the hero mourn?
Soft, as the song of Loda, is the voice of Selma’s maid. Pleasant to the ear of Clatho is the name of the breaker of shields.-Behold , the king comes from ocean; the shield of Morven is borne
thro' his folded clouds. The forms of thy fathers, O Fillan, bend to receive their son. I behold the spreading of their fire on Mora; the blue-rolling of their misty wreaths. – Joy meet thee my brother.—But we are dark and sad. I behold the foe round the aged, and the wasting away of his fame. Thou art left alone in the field , grey-haired king of Selma.
by the poet. The sense is , that he was resolved, ; like a destroying fire , to consume Cathmor, who s had killed his brother. In the midst of this resolution , the situation of Fingal suggests itself to him, in a very strong light. He resolves to return to assist the king in prosecuting the war.—But then his shame for not defending his-brother, recurs to him.—He is determined again to go and find out Cathmor. We may confider him, as in the aât of advancing towards the enemy , when the horn of Fingal sounded on Mora, and called back his people to his presence —This soliloquy is natural : the resolutions which so suddenly follow one another , are expressive of a mind extremely agitated with sorrow and conscious shame ; yet the behaviour of Ossian , in his execution of the commands of Fingal, is so irreprehensible , that it is not easy to determine where he failed in his duty. The truth is , that when men fail in designs which they ardently wish to accomplish, they naturally blame themselves , as the chief cause of their disappointment. The comparison, with which the poet concludes his soliloquy, is very fanciful ; and well adapted to the ideas of those, who live in a country, where lightning is extremely common