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2 F I N G A L, Book I.
bar *, a hero whom he flew in war ; the fcout-|- of the ocean came,
Moran | the fon of Fithil.
Rise, faid the youth, CuchulUn, rife; I fee the fhips of Swaran.
Cuchullin, many are the foe : many the heroes of the dark-roll-
ing fea.
Moran !/replied the blue-eyed chiefj thou ever trembleft, fon of
Fithil : Thy fears have much increafed the foe. Perhaps it is the
king IJ of the lonely hills coming to aid me on green UUin's plains.
I SAW their chief, fays Moran, tall as a rock of ice. His fpear
is like that blafled fir. His fhield like the rifmg moon 4- He fat
on a rock on the fliore : like a cloud of mifl on the filent hill.
Many, chief of men ! I faid, many are our hands of war. Well
* Cairbar or Cairbre fignifies a ftrong Tacitus that one legion only was thought
man. fufficient, in the time of Agricola, to re-
■f Cuchullin having previous intelligence duce the whole ifland under the Romarv
©f the invafion intended by Swaran, fent yoke ; which would not probably have been
fcouts all over the coaft of Ullin orUlfter, the cafe had the ifland been inhabited for
to give early notice of the firfl appearance any number of centuries before,
of the enemy, at the fame time that he J Moran fignifies many ; and Fithil, or
fent Munan the fon of Stirmal to implore rather Fili, an inferior bard.
the affiflance of Fingal. He himfelf col- l| Fingal the fon of Comhal and Morna
leded the flower of the Irifh youth to Tu- the daughter of Thaddu. His grandfather
ra, a caftle on the coaft, to flop the pro- was Trathal, and great grandfather Tren-
grefsof the enemy till Fingal fiiould arrive mor, both of whom are often mentioned
from Scotland. We may conclude from in the poem.
Cuchullin's applying fo early for foreign X His ponderous fhield
aid, that the Irifh were not then fo numetous Behind him caft ; the broad circumference
as they have fince been; which is a great Hung on his (boulders like the Moon,
prefumption againft the high antiquities of Milton.
that people. We have the teftimony of |
art

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