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Now might I tell how filence reign'd throughout,
The judges, as the sev'ral parties came,
If manly sense; if nature linh'd with art;
DAIR light! that, brcaling through the clouds of day,
I Dartelt along the well thy silver ray:
* This poem fxes the antiquitycfacunom, whicii vall.nown to inve prevalud aficrwards, in the north of Scot and, and in ireland. The hards, a: an anni.ifuati, providedly mins or chef, repatitucir moms, and fuch of them as were thought, by bun, worthy of being parteriell, vajecalciully taught to their childrin, in order to have them tranfmitted to poticity: - It was one of thote ocions that attended the subject of terreine poenn to Oran. is cated in the original, ine song of Selma, which lite it was the shit prope" :o adopt in the tranfiition.
The poem is eripe's lyric, and has ganar vorice of relation. The across to the paningitis, Witin which it ojons, hry i s original tin hunc y that nun'ers could give it; toring an vii? that fringiz?!: lofts nets, which the l e rbod nitaire inspir-olite of the luns which are intained in this piece, were putea ing the fagnients of an cient pouiry, pinteul li yer. Seeilun. O u lciane
Around the rocks the lashing billows cling;
I see, I feel, the light arise,
Alas! my friends! if these my friends I see,
• Alpin is from the same root with Albion, or rather Albir, the ancient name of Britain; Alp, high inland, or country. The present name of our itand has its original in the Celt c tongue; fo that those who derived it from any o:ber, betrayed the rignorance of the ancient language of our country. --Breac't i variegated island, so called from the jace of the country, froin the natives painting tumfelv:, or froin their party colourer cloaths.
1 Onlian introduces Minoni, not in the ideal icene of his own mind, which he had described; but at the annual feail of Selma, where the bards repeated their works before Fingal.
With locks expos'd to every gust of wind,
Her fad complaint the fair Minona sung, Io words that dropp'd from Colma's tuneful tongue.
COL M A.
Alone doth Colma ftray;
Of ghosts, that hate the day.
O'er rocks the torrent roars amain,
The whirlwind's voice is high ;
No frieedly shelter nigh!
And guide me to the place ;
And wearied with the chace.
Some light ! direct me, helpless maid !
Where, fitting on the ground,
His panting dogs around.
I here must sit me down;
My lover's call to drown.
* Sraig.'er, a hunter.
Ah! why, my Salgar! this delay?
Where ftray thy ling’ring feet? Didst thou not promise in the day
Thy love at night to meet?
Here is the rock, and here the tree,
Thine own appointed spot; Thy promise canst thou break with me? ; And is my love forgot?
For thee I'd dare my brother's pride,.
My father's house would fly; For thee forfake my mother's side;
With thee to live and die.
„Be hush’d, ye winds! how loud ye brawl!
Stream! stand a moment still, Perhaps my love may hear me call,
Upon the neighbouring hill.
Ho! Salgar! Salgar! mend thy pace:
To Colma halte away. 'Tis 1, and this th' appointed place:
Al! wherefore this delay?
Kind moon! thou giv'st a friendly light;
And lo! the glasly stream,
Reflect thy silver beam.
Yet I desery not Salgar's form:
No dogs before him run.Shall I not perish by the storm,
Before to-morrow's sun?
But what behold I, on the heath?
My love! my brother! laid
T'affright a trembling maid.
They answer not they sleepam they're dead
Alas! the horrid fight-
And bleeding from the fight..
· Ah! wherefore lies, by Salgar lain,
My brother, bleeding here? VOL. IV.