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brow? It roared, and Fingal overcame.— Be like thy father, Fillan;
believe it a matter of mere conjećture, that the Colgach here mentioned was the same with that hero. I cannot help observing , with how much propriety the song of the bards is conducted. Gaul, whose experience might have rendeled his condućt cautious in war, has the example of his father, just rushing to battle , set before his eyes. Fillan , on the other hand, whose youth might make him impetuous, and unguarded in ačtion , is put in mind of the sedate and serene behaviour of Fingal upon like occasions.
(1) The expedition of Morni to Clutha, alluded to here , is handed down in tradition. The poem, on which the tradition was founded , is now lost.
(2) Ossian is peculiarly happy, in his descriptions of still life ; and these acquire double force , by his placing them near busy and tumultuous scenes. This antithesis serves to animate and heighten the features of poetry.
Nor bent over a stream is Cathmor, like a youth in a peaceful field: wide he drew forward the war, a dark and troubled wave. —But when he beheld Fingal on Mora; his generous pride arose. & Shall the chief of « Atha fight, and no king in the field « Foldath lead my people forth. Thou art « a beam of fire o.
(1) The mountain Cromla was in the neighbourhood of the scene of this poem ; which was nearly the same with that of Fingal.