James MacPherson

James MacPherson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...edition now printing in London, and show the ignorance of the English translator, in his knowledge of Irish grammar, not understanding any part of that accidence." 2Walpole, s Letters, iii. 466. See also Boswell's Correspondence with the Hon. A. Ershine, ed. Dr. Birkbeck Hill, under the dates 16th and 17th December, 1761. It is always stated that Fingal appeared in 1762, which is the date on the title-page of the first edition; but this is explained by the common practice of publishers, then and now, in the case when a book is issued in the last few weeks of the year, to describe it as appearing in the next year. There is much in the work that time has not wholly robbed of the power to charm; and to give a few further examples of its style may be no unwelcome digression to those who have never read " the poems of Ossian ." The critic will have his own pleasure in contrasting them with the extracts already given from Macpherson's early poetry. The following passages from Fingal illustrate the descriptions of battle scattered through the work. FINGAL." 163 " As the dark shades of autumn fly over hills of grass; so gloomy, dark, successive came the chiefs of Loehlin's echoing woods. Tall as the stag of Morven, moved stately before them the king. His shining shield is on his side, like a flame on the heath at night; when the world is silent and dark, and the traveller sees some ghost sporting in the beam! Dimly gleam the hills around, and show indistinctly their oaks! A blast from the troubled ocean removed the settled mist. The sons of Erin appear, like a ridge of rocks on the coast; when mariners, on shores unknown, are trembling at veering winds!" "As a hundred winds on Morven; as the ' streams of a hundred hills;...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632710
  • 9781236632715