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echoing shields are heard no more. Bend, then, in grief, over the flood, where blows the mountain breeze. Let them pass on thy
and Bos-mina ) in this I shall lay before the reader
that the ship of my love, its dak course thro’ the ridges of ocean * How art thou so sudden, Oscar, from the heath of shields : *
The rest of this poem, it is said, consisted, of a dialogue between Ullin and Malvina, wherein the distress of the latter is carried to the higheit pitch.
(1) The poetical hyperbolcs of Ossian were 5 afterwards , , taken in the literal sense, by the ignorant vulgar ; and they firmly believed, that Fingal, and his heroes, were of a gigantic stature. There are many extravagant fiétions founded upon the circumstance of Fingal leaping at once over the river Lubar. Many of them are handed down in tradition. The Irish compositions concerning Fingal invariably speak of him as a giant. Of these Hibernian poems there are now many in my hands. From the language , and allusions to the times in which they were writ , I should fix the date of