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THE

WORKS

O F

O S S I A N,

THE

SON of FINGAL.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

Translated from the Galic Language

By JAMES. MACPHERSON.

VOL. 1. containing,
FINGAL, an Ancient EPIC POEM,

IN SIX BOOKS}

AND

SEVERAL OTHER POEMS.

_ • Fortia saElu pat rum. Virg.

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THE THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:

Printed for T. Becket and P. A. Dehondt,
at Tully's Head, near Surry Street, in the Strand.

MDCCLXV.

Lately published,
Price Two Shillings,

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POEM S of OSS I A N,

T H E . .

SON of F I N GAL.

By HUGH BLAIR, D. D. One of the Ministers of the High Church, and Professor of Rhetorick arid Belles-Lettres, in the University of Edinburgh.

• To which is added,

An Appendix, containing a variety of undoubted Testimonies establishing their Authenticity.

EARL os BUTE,

Knight of the most Noble Order os the Garter, 8cc. &c.

Mylord,

I Presume to present to your lordship a compleat edition of the Works of Offian. They have already been honored with your approbation, and have been received with applause by men of taste throughout Europe. This address therefore is not an endeavor to secure the continuance of the public savor through the sanction of your name. Little solicitous myself about the reputation of an author, I permit, with no concern, the Old Bard to take his chance with the world: It proceeds, my Lord, from another cause; the ambition of being hereafter known to have met with your favor and protection in the execution of this work; an honor which will be envied me, perhaps, more some time

hence

hence than at present. Lthrowno reflexions on this age, but there is a great debt of fame owing to the Earl of Bute, which hereafter will be amply paid: there is also some share of reputation with-held from Ofiian, which less prejudiced times may bestow. This similarity between the Statesman and the Poet, gives propriety to this dedication; though your Lordship's avowed patronage of literature requires no adventitious aid to direct to you the addrefles of authors. It is with pleasure I embrace this opportunity of testifying in public with what perfect attachment,

I am,

i

my Lord,

your Lordship's most humble,
most obliged,
and most obedient servant,

JAMES MACPHERSON.

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