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IN TWO VOLUME S.
By JAMES MACPHERSON.
VOL. II. containing,
TEMORA, an Ancient EPIC POEM,
IN EIGHT BOOKS;
SEVERAL OTHER POEMS.
THE THIRD EDITION.
To which is fubjoined
A CRITICAL DISSERTATION on the
POEMS of OSSIAN. By HUGH BLAIR, D.D.
Printed for T. BECKET and P. A. DEHONDT,
THE hiftory of thofe nations which originally
poffeffed the north of Europe, is little known. Deftitute of the ufe of letters, they themselves had not the means of tranfmitting their great actions to remote pofterity. Foreign writers saw them only at a distance, and therefore their accounts are partial and undistinct. The vanity of the Romans induced them to confider the nations beyond the pale of their empire as barbarians; and confequently their history unworthy of being investigated. Some men, otherwife of great merit among ourfelves, give into this confined opinion. Having early imbibed their idea of exalted manners from the Greek and Roman writers, they fcarcely ever afterwards have the fortitude to allow any dig nity of character to any other ancient people.
WITHOUT derogating from the fame of Greece and Rome, we may confider antiquity beyond the pale of their empire worthy of fome attention. The nobler paffions of the mind never fhoot forth more free and unreftrained than in thefe times we call barbarous. That irregular manner of life, and those manly pursuits from which barbarity takes its name, are highly favorable to a strength of mind unknown in polished times. In advanced - VOL. II. A