The History of Great Britain, Volume 2

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Page 176 - of the chief of generous steeds ! highbounding king of spears. Strong arm in every perilous toil. Hard heart that never yields. Chief of the pointed arms of death. Cut down the foe ; let no white sail bound round dark Inistore. Be thine arm like thunder. Thine eyes like fire, thy heart of solid rock. Whirl round thy sword as a meteor at night ; lift thy shield like the flame of death. Son of the chief of generous steeds, cut down the foe. Destroy !
Page 181 - Cormar was the first of my race. He sported through the storms of waves. His black skiff bounded on ocean ; he travelled on the wings of the wind. A spirit once embroiled the night. Seas swell and rocks resound. Winds drive along the clouds. The lightning flies on wings of fire. He feared, and came to land, then blushed that he feared at all. He rushed again among the waves, to find the son of the wind.
Page 335 - This passage alludes to the manner of burial among the ancient Scots. They opened a grave six or eight feet deep ; the bottom was lined with fine clay : and on this they laid the body of the deceased, and, if a warrior, his sword, and the heads of twelve arrows by his side. Above they laid another stratum of clay, in which they placed the horn of a deer, the symbol of hunting.
Page 321 - It bent its woody head above a filent vale. There, at foamy Cruruth's fource, dwelt Rurmar, hunter of boars. His daughter was fair as a fun-beam...
Page 183 - But amidst the rude scenes of nature, amidst rocks and torrents and whirlwinds and battles, dwells the sublime. It is the thunder and lightning of genius. It is the offspring of nature, not of art. It is negligent of all the lesser graces, and perfectly consistent with a certain noble disorder.
Page 301 - ... his cheeks of youth are red. I mourned over the beam of youth, for he was soon to set !"
Page 88 - he was a Briton of noble birth and excellent genius. After he had received as good an education at home as his own country could afford, he travelled for his further improvement, and fpent fcveral years at Rome, which was then the chief feat of learning as well as of empire.
Page 149 - The fides are replenished with fpears; and the bottom is the foot-ftool of heroes. Before the right fide of the car is fecu the fnorting horfe.
Page 370 - From the hill I return, O Morna, from the hill of the dark-brown hinds. Three have I slain with my bended yew.
Page 319 - Of this, examples might be brought from the hiftory of every age and country, if it were neceffary; but the following very remarkable one from the hiftory of Britain in this period, will be fufficient. The temples of the ancient Britons were all circular; and the Druids in performing the public offices of their religion, never neglected to make three turns round the altar, accompanied by all the worfhippers "7.

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