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1876 Excerpt: ... followed their great predecessor as a model, but
never approached the sublimity of "the voice of Cona." Many have
studied his 'works," and a most successful imitator was Ailen Mac
Euari. A modern bard in Glendochy, in Perthshire, and another in
Glendovan, Argyle, after laborious attempts to catch the poetic
lire of this prince of Celtic poets, gave up the pursuit.b The
nearest approach was made by M'Intyre, whose works display true
poetic feeling. The Highlanders can, however, detect the true
Ossianic from other poetry, by its peculiar excellence, simplicity
of construction, and grandeur of imagery. There were several
Ossians in the profession of bardism, who nourished in times
subsequent, but none ever rivalled their predecessor." Nor do the
Highlanders swallow the poetic descriptions as strictly natural.
They can well discriminate between hyperbole and plain narration,
as in the instance of Civa dona, where the description is allowed
by the most enthusiastic to be ideal. In matters of history, Doctor
Mac Pherson admits that the bardic accounts are not altogether to
be depended upon; but it is a fact that curious discoveries have
been made in consequence of songs. Treasure buried for centuries
has been recovered, and the poem of Cath Gabhra, commemorating the
inter ment of Conan, a king, under a stone, inscribed in Ogham
characters, the Irish academy made search and found it. It has been
thought impossible for a language to remain unchanged for so great
a length of time, and this objection has been urged with much
vehemence, as an unanswerable argument against the antiquity of
Gaelic poetry. In the second Chapter of the first volume, some of
the causes b Smith's Gallic Antiquities. c From Colgan's Life of
Saint Patrick, we find he had a convert called Oss...
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