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Lomond, who appeared so intelligent that I was

induced to ask him some questions upon this subject.

5 He told me that he could sing a great many of the songs Si l of Ossian, but added, that they were old fashioned

things, and he would sing me a modern Erse song upon the present Duke of Montrose's patriotism in being the means of restoring to them the ancient highland dress. He said that he had never heard that the poems of Ossian had been translated into English, and seemed much surprised that I should know any thing about them.

With respect to the internal evidence which these celebrated poems afford, neither party seem to have considered it with sufficient accuracy. Young persons are struck with the wild and romantic splendour of the imagery, with the bravery of the heroes, and the beauty of the women. Those of a more advanced age

are tired with the perpetual recurrence of the same ll images: Bran bounding over the heath, the

the thin and shadowy forms of departed valour appearing in a cloud, and even the white arms and bosoms of female loveliness, are so little varied and so generally prominent, that neither the young nor the old are tempted to penetrate deeper than the language, to discover the real merits of the composition. If they did, a discrimination of character, a strength of colouring, even a variety of incident might be observed, which escape the notice of inattentive readers. In proof of this, let the affecting intercourse of Ossian and Malvina, of which there is no parallel in any ancient writer, be observed ; let the nervous and original character of Oscar, and the striking circumstances of his


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death, be considered. * Add to these the contrast between the generous Cairbar and his ferocious brother, and that between the two Irish warriors Foldath and Malthos, both in the field and council; the beautiful episode of Sulmalla; the awful introduction of the venerable and unconquered Fingal to the war (though that seems less original than most other parts of the poems), and the distinction between the characters of his sons, as well as of the manner of their deaths.

If these poems be impartially considered therefore, with no reference to the beauty or singularity of the language, surely it will hardly be supposed that the whole of them can be due to Macpherson's invention; or indecd, that he, or any well-educated man, could so totally unlearn all his classical acquirements, as to produce a work betraying so little, if any, imitation of those great exemplaria Græca, with which the mind of every scholar must be filled. Probably in this, as in most things, the truth may lie in the middle. He found these songs volitantes per ora virum, defective and imperfect. He supplied those parts which were wanting, added, omitted, and filled up as he thought necessary, and has thus given a work to the world, of the merit of which no greater proof can be required, than that it has been translated into every modern language, and is admired and beautiful in them all. I am, Sir, &c. &c.


* What reader of taste and feeling but must shudder when red-haire:: Olla raises the song of death on the distant heath!



ART. XXII. Literary Obituary.
Lately, at Tiverton, Devon, Mr. Martin Dunsford,
many years a respectable merchant there, and author
of the Historical Memoirs of Tiverton.

April 16. In Mansfield Street, æt. 73, Edward King,
Esq. F. R. and A: S. S. a celebrated antiquary.

April 17. Mr. Mark Supple, of considerable literary
talents, editor of various periodical publications.

To the Reader,
The pressure of Bibliographical communications,
with Indexes, &c. has prevented the usual quantity of
modern literature in the present Number, which shall
be made amends for in the next,

April 24, 1807.



of, 323

Age, present, gives encouragement to Biography, Essay on the proper objects

literature, 332
Aix la Chapelle, Peace of, 4

Birkenhead, Sir John, 369
Akenfide, Dr. 280

Bloomfield, Rt. his powers of descrip-
Alliance Triple, 4

tion, 325
Althorpe, Ld. 164

Blount's Travels, account of, 147, and
Anglorum Speculum, or Worthies of

of the author, 150
England, by G. S. 346

Boiardo, 316
Annibal and Scipio, History of, by Bolton, Ch. Duke of, 275
Cope, 155

Border-history, curious, 322
Ansley Hall, Co. Warw. 278

Bofart, Joh. his Bibliotheca, 120,
Antiquities, not barren, 88

Boucher, Rev. Jon. 2 2 2
Apsey, Sir Allen, 56

Bradley's Appendix to his Planting and
Ariosto, 89, 316

Gardening, 212
- on the translation of, 12

His Riches of a Hop-garden,
Arun River, sonnets on, 70, 76

ib.; his Complete Seedsman, ib.
Ashburton, Ld. 177

Bradshaw, Serjt. 186
Afley's Voyages, 12 I

Breda, Treaty at, 4
Brown, Dr. his Eltimate, 96

Buckingham, G. Villiers, Duke of, 11

Bulftrode, Sir Rd, his letters, 5

Byrche, Rev. W. D. his epitaph, 209
Bacon, Sir Nich. 273

Byron, Sir John, 181
Bailments, essay on the Law of, 174
Baldwin, W. his Canticles of Salomon,

Bampfylde, John, memoir of, 301 ;
his Sonnets, ib. 302, 303

Cade, Joh. ob. 219
Barnard, St. his verses translated, 27 Callao, plan of, 144
Barnewal, Sir Christ. 359

Cares, exemption from, not favourable
Baftard, T. his Chrestoleros, 374 to literary exertion, 86
Epigram on, 13

Carter, Mrs. Eliz. 262
Beechy-Head, a poem, by Mrs. Smith, Caucasus, Mount, origin of the name of,

Beattie, Ja. his Poems, first edition, ac- Centuries, Two, of Paul's Churchyard,
count of, 246

a satirical tract, account of, 369
Beaumont, Sir Joh. lines by, 394 Century, Seventeenth, an age of in-
Berthelet, Tho. verses by, 155

trigue, 2
“ Beware of had I wyst,” a poem so en- Chamberlaine, Wm. his Pharonnida,

extract from, 263
Bible, Abp. Parker's, 23

Chapman, G. 128
.by Barker, 24; Translators of, Charles, Prince, Spanish Match, 17
their names, 25

Chaucer, Gower, and Lidgate, 7
Bibliotheca Militum, a scarce pamphlet, Cherwell and Ifis, rivers, 93
account of, 142

Chefter, Rt. his Love's Martyr, account
Bignor Park, Co. Sul. 69


titled, 31

of, 127



MS. of, 409


Chreftolleros, seven books of epigrams,

by T. Bastard, an account of, 374
Churchill's Voyages, 120

Falkland, Lacius, Ld. 54
Churchyard, T. his Praise of Poetry, Fame Literary, a juftifiable ambitioa,
continued, 45, 157, 265, 365

Clapham, Henoch, his Brief of the Fanthaw, Sir Rd. his letters, 5

Bible's History, 258; fpecimen, 259 Farrer, Miss, notices of, 194
Clanrirkard, Marquis, his letters, 5 Flanders, Invasion of, 4
Clarendon, Ld. his characters, 543 184 Forman, Dr. Simon, extract from a
Collier, Jeremy, his essays, 216
Collins, Wm. 70, 280

Fox, Charles, duly fenfible of the raluc
Coleman, Mr. 62, 64

of literature, 202
Commines, Philip de, account of his Rd. Bp. of Durham, 241

hiftory, tranNated by Danett, 21; Free, Dr. his epitaph by himfell, 205

various editions of the original, 22, 23 Freeman's Rub and a Great Caft, as-
Content and competence the grand in- count of, 129; memoir of the auther,
gredients of happiness, 197

ib.; specimens, 130, 131, 136
Cope, Anthony, his Historie of Anni- Frezier's Voyage to the South Sea, ac-
bal and Scipio, account of, 155

count of, 143
Cotton,Cha, 238
Cowley's Davideis, 316
Cowper had paffing prejudices, 95; his

original style, 107
Cromwell, Oliver, his private ambition, Gabor Bethlem, 19

187; Richard, his character, 189 Gage, Tho. his Survey of the W, Ire
Cumberland's Calvary, 316

dies, 263
Cynthia, Ode to, 194

Gainsborough, painter, anecdotes of, by

Jackson, 304

Gardiner, Bp. 258

Gascoigne, Geo. Whetstone's Life of

Dalrymple, Alex. his Collection of Gilpin, Wm. 103
Voyages, 122

Glasfe, Dr. 221
Dalzell, A, ob. 219

Goddard's Dialogue between Alexander
Dante, 89

and Diogenes, 216
Davies, John, of Hereford, 136

His Mastiff Whelp, con-
Deal Castle, Kent, 191

taining epigrams, 216
Delany, Mary, her epitaph, 208

His Neast of Wasps, 217
Dendrologia, by J. Howell, 213

Goldsmith, his poetical character, 92,
Derby, Countess, epigram on her mar- 106
riage, 14

Godolphin, Sir Wm, his letters, 5
Douglas, Mrs. ob. 219

Gorges, Ferd. his Spanish Conquef of
Drant, translator of Horace, 227

the Indies, 22
Duck's Shunammite, 316

Graham, Simon, 4!
Dunsenye, Ld. dedication to, 226 Gray, Tho. 280
Dyer, L. 273

Green, Mr. John, compiler of Afley's
Dyson, Jeremiah, 69

Voyages, 121
Grey, Dr. 369

Grymeston, Elizabeth, her Miscellanes,

an account of, 39; and of the author,

ib; her son Bernye, ib. 42
Eden, Rd. his Decades of the New

World, 22
Egerton, Ld. Chancellor, epigram on
his marriage, 14

Hall, Bp: 357.
Ellis, Geo. his memoir of G. L. Way, Halley, Dr. his Poffcript to Frezier'

Voyage, 143, 145
Erroll, Ja. Earl of, 246

Hakluyt's Voyages, an account of, 113;
Evans, Mrs. 193

character of, 115, 117; account of
Evening, Ode to, by Mrs. Smith, 288 the author, 118

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