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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 æra of 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 same language two•.• ©r three centuries-ago. They were cer-• tainly composed' before the. establilh- A Z--- nicntr:

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