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acquainted ages Albinn ancient inhabitants appears appellation applied arts authority barbarous bark battle body Britain Caesar Caithness Caledonians Caledonii called Cecrops chariots coast common compound denominated denote derived descendants distinguished division doubt Draonaich Egyptian enemies English Erinn evidence expressed Fingal Friths Gael of Scotland Gaelic language Gaelic word Gauls Greek language Greeks and Romans guage hair Herodotus Highlands of Scotland human inhabitants of Albinn inhabitants of Greece Ireland Irish Italy king known land Latin Latin languages learned literally low country Macpherson mankind manner mode mountains multa nations natural northern numbers observed original papyrus Pelasgi Pelasgians period Picti Pictish Picts poems of Ossian portion possessed preserved pronounced pronunciation provinces provincial Britons race remains Saxons says Scoti Scotland and Ireland Scots and Picts signifies St Columba Strabo strangers sunt Tacitus term tion translation ulna vallies Varro Welsh Welsh language whence whole
Page 455 - His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills to be the mast Of some great ammiral, were but a wand.
Page 445 - Carncklhura,) about thirty years ago, from an old man in Glenlyon. I took it and several other fragments (now, I fear, irrecoverably lost,) from the man's mouth. He had learnt them in his youth, from people in the same glen, which •must have been long before Macpherson was born.
Page 387 - I live in a place," he writes, " where I have the pleasure of frequently hearing justice done to your dissertation, but never heard it mentioned in a company, where some one person or other did not express his doubts with regard to the authenticity of the poems which are its subject, and I often hear them totally rejected with disdain and indignation, as a palpable and most impudent forgery. This opinion has, indeed, become very prevalent among the men of letters in London ; and I can foresee, that...
Page 1 - James. Thoughts on the Origin and Descent of the Gael ; with an Account of the Picts, Caledonians, and Scots ; and Observations relative to the Authenticity of the Poems of Ossian.
Page 387 - ... often hear them totally rejected with disdain and indignation, as a palpable and most impudent forgery. This opinion has, indeed, become very prevalent among the men of letters in London; and I can foresee, that in a few years the poems, if they continue to stand on their present footing, will be thrown aside, and will fall into final oblivion. 'The absurd pride and caprice of Macpherson himself, who scorns...
Page 353 - had been bred in England, and married an English princess. Her retinue were all English. English, in consequence, would become the language of that court. The courtiers would carry it to their respective homes ; their domestics would be ambitious to speak the language of their masters ; and thus it would be gradually introduced into every fashionable circle...
Page 458 - Amid the tempest let me die, torn, in a cloud, by angry ghosts of men; amid the tempest let Calmar die, if ever chase was sport to him, so much as the battle of shields!"
Page 249 - Caledonians kept possession uf the rising ground, extending their ranks as wide as possible to present a formidable show of battle. Their first line was ranged on the plain, the rest in a gradual ascent on the acclivity of the hill. The intermediate space between both armies was filled with the charioteers and cavalry of the Britons, rushing to ami fro in wild career, and traversing the plain with noise and tumult.