Bend forward from your clouds
Language: English 
Bend forward from your clouds,
ghosts of my fathers! bend.
Lay by the red terror of your course.
Receive the falling chief;
whether he comes from a distant land,
or rises from the rolling sea.
Let his robe of mist be near;
his spear that is formed of a cloud.
Place an half-extinguished meteor by his side,
in the form of the hero's sword.
And, oh! let his countenance be lovely,
that his friends may delight in his presence.
Bend from your clouds,
ghosts of my fathers! bend!

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Confirmed with The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq; Vol.I. A new edition, carefully corrected, and greatly improved. London, MDCCLXXIII, page 370.


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