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By night came a dream to Ossian; formless stood the shadow of Trenmor%. He seemed to strike the dim shield, on Selma's streamy rock. I my rattling steel; I knew that war was near. Before the winds our sails were spread; when Lumon shewed its streams to the morn.

Çome from the watching of night, Malvina, lonely beam !

But o’er the twilight groves, and dusky caves,
Long sounding isles, and intermingled graves,
Black Melancholy sits, and round her throws
A death-like silence, and a dread repose;
Her gloomy presence saddens all the scene,

Shades every flower, and darkens every green. “When it lifts the head of flowers--softly pleasing, as it saddens the soul.”

9 By night came a dream to Ossian ; without form stood the shadow of Trenmor.] First edit. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon man— Then a spirit passed before my face. It stood still, but I could discern the form thereof. Job, iv. 13.




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FINGAL, when very young, making a voyage to the Orkney

islands, was driven, by stress of weather, into a bay of Scandinavia, near the residence of Starno, king of Lochlin. Starno invites Fingal to a feast. Fingal, doubting the faith of the king, and, mindful of a former breach of hospitality, refuses to go

Starno gathers together his tribes : Fingal resolves to defend himself. Night coming on, Duth-maruno proposes to Fingal to observe the motions of the enemy. The king himself undertakes the watch. Advancing towards the enemy, he accidentally comes to the cave of Turthor, where Starno had confined Conban-carglas, the captive daughter of a neighbouring chief. Her story is imperfect, a part of the original being lost. Fingal comes to a place of worship, where Starno and his son, Swaran, consulted the spirit of Loda, concerning the issue of the war. The rencounter of Fingal and Swaran. Duän first concludes with a description of the airy hall of Cruth-loda, supposed to be the Odin of Scandinavia. MACPHERSON.

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