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try, they were free and independent. As they had little communication with strangers, the customs of their ancestors remain

ed among them, and their language retain.

ed its original purity. Naturally fond of military fame, and remarkably attached to the memory of their ancestors, they delight

ed in traditions and songs, concerning the

exploits of their nation, and especially of their own particular families. A succession of bards was retained in every clan, to hand down the memorable ačtions of their forefathers. As the aera of Fingal, on account of Ossian's poems, was the most remarkable, and his chiefs the most renowned names in tradition, the bards took care to place one of them in the genealogy of every great family.—That part of the poems, which concerned the hero who was regarded as ancestor, was preserved , as an authentic re

cord of the antiquity of the family, and was delivered down, from race to race, with

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The bards themselves, in the mean time,

were not idle. They erected their immediate patrons into heroes , and celebrated them in their songs. As the circle of their knowledge was narrow , their ideas were confined in proportion. A few happy expres

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