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Vos quoque qui fortes animas, belloqué peremtas
Laudibus in longum. vates dimittitis ævum,
Plurima feciuri fudistis carmina Bardi.

LUCAN.

E DIN BURGH:
Printed for G. Hamilton and J. BALFOUR.

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THE public may depend on the following fragments as genuine remains of ancient Scottish poetry. The date of their composition cannot be exactly ascertained.. Tradition* in the country where they were written, refers them to an æraof the most remote antiquity: and this tradition is supported by the spirit and strain of the poems themselves; which abound with those ideas, and paint those manners, that belong to the most early state of society. The diction too, .in the original,. is-.very obsolete;. and differs widely from the styleof such poems as have been written in the fame language two.' or three centwies.ago; They were cer-. tainly composed'before the. establish-. A 22 nrcnfc;:

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