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Title: Ossian in Germany - Bibliography, General Survey, Ossian's Influence upon - Klopstock and the Bards
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  OSSIAN
  IN
  GERMANY

  BIBLIOGRAPHY, GENERAL SURVEY, OSSIAN’S INFLUENCE UPON
  KLOPSTOCK AND THE BARDS

  BY
  RUDOLF TOMBO, JR., A.M., PH.D.
  SOMETIME FELLOW IN GERMAN, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY


  AMS PRESS, INC.
  NEW YORK
  1966


  Copyright 1901, Columbia University Press,
  New York

  Reprinted with the permission of the
  Original Publisher, 1966

  AMS PRESS, INC.
  New York, N.Y. 10003
  1966


  MEINEN LIEBEN ELTERN



PREFACE.


When the subject of Ossian’s influence in Germany first occurred to me,
it seemed a simple matter to exhaust the topic in the limits set by a
work of this character. A little search, however, revealed that if the
entire field were to be covered, the different authors could not be
discussed with any degree of completeness. Another obstacle stood in the
way of the fulfilment of the original scheme. The amount of material
discovered at the outset in the British Museum led to the preparation of
a card index of German Ossianiana; in Germany each library furnished
additions at such a rapid rate, that the idea of a chronological
bibliography soon suggested itself. The latter developed into such
proportions, that it seemed advisable to publish it as an introduction
to the literary material to follow. Nothing remained, therefore, but to
confine the literary discussion to a certain period, and in order to
retain the chronological sequence, as well as in consideration of the
difficulty of obtaining material on the bardic poets in this country,
the beginning was made with Klopstock and the “bards.” It is the
intention of the writer to discuss in later publications Ossian’s
influence upon Herder, Goethe, and Schiller, as also upon the poets of
the _Storm and Stress_, of the _Göttinger Hain_, and of the Romantic
School, some of the material for which has been collected. A short
bibliography of Ossianic material in other languages has also been
prepared, which will gladly be placed at the disposal of any one
desirous of working up the subject. The author will be pleased to
receive any corrections or additions to the bibliography that may
suggest themselves to the reader.

It is fitting that I should here acknowledge my indebtedness to the men
who made this thesis possible. Prof. Wm. H. Carpenter, Prof. Calvin
Thomas, and Prof. A. V. W. Jackson have been true and untiring guides
and a never–failing source of inspiration, and I shall ever consider it
a most rare privilege to have been enabled to carry on the major part of
my advanced studies under their direction. My gratitude is due also to
the men who contributed to make my stay abroad such a pleasant and
profitable one, to the professors under whom I studied at the University
of Leipzig, as well as to the several librarians who were of service to
me, and whom I always found most courteous and accommodating.



CONTENTS.


  Chapter I. Bibliography of German Translations, Imitations, Critical
  Reviews, etc.                                                        1

  Chapter II. General Survey and First Notices.

    §1. General Considerations upon the Reception of the Ossianic Poems
  in Germany                                                          66

    §2. Earliest Notices and Translations                             75

  Chapter III. Ossian’s Influence upon Klopstock and the Bards.

    §1. Klopstock                                                     82

    §2. The Bards.—Gerstenberg                                       103

    §3. Denis                                                        119

    §4. Kretschmann                                                  139

    §5. Minor Bards                                                  149

  Index                                                              154



CHAPTER I.

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GERMAN TRANSLATIONS, IMITATIONS, CRITICAL REVIEWS, ETC.


Introduction.

The following bibliography makes no claim to absolute completeness. The
material required was in some instances so difficult of access, that
exact data could not everywhere be given, but most of the entries are
based upon personal investigation. Most of the short bibliographies that
have hitherto appeared go back directly or indirectly to those of
Denis[1] and Gurlitt,[2] both of which are incomplete and not without
errors; the former contains less than thirty titles that come into
question here.

A few words as to the composition of this bibliography may not be amiss.
The pivot of the whole is that collection of the so–called Poems of
Ossian published by James Macpherson from 1760 to 1763, and as the
titles of the different portions of this collection are frequently
misquoted, I have deemed it advisable to prefix them to the German
bibliography, together with the most important later editions. As to the
German material, we have in the first place to consider the German
translations of the whole or a part of these poems, together with the
English reprints made in Germany, as well as the translations into other
tongues published in Germany.[3] Several other collections, however, are
so closely bound up in their influence in Germany with that of
Macpherson, that I have not hesitated to include them. In the second
place there are the critical essays upon the poems of Ossian, together
with the historical and geographical treatises bearing upon the
authenticity of the poems. Thirdly, we have an immense category of
German imitations, in which department the drawing of strict lines has
been most difficult; here the few epigrams and other poems in praise of
Ossian may also be inserted. In the department of music I have given a
number of compositions that have come directly to my notice. Several
paintings and illustrations of scenes from the poems of Ossian are also
mentioned, but in neither of these fields is any pretension made to
completeness. In both it has been found difficult to observe the exact
chronological order, for which reason the works under these headings
have been arranged at the end alphabetically according to authors.
Finally, we are to regard the critical reviews and notices of all the
above categories in periodicals and newspapers published in Germany. The
reviews and notices are not given in strict chronological order, but are
in almost every case inserted directly below the work to which they
refer. Advance notices when long are frequently given separately. During
the years in which the influence of Ossian was at its height, everything
has been given in the latter department that could be found, whereas in
later years most reviews and short notices are omitted. As a rule the
pages given in the reviews refer to those portions only that deal with
Ossian.

Abbreviations have been but rarely used and never at the sacrifice of
clearness and convenience. In cases where various editions come into
consideration, the general rule has been observed to mention all where
it seemed requisite, as _e. g._, in the case of translations; of less
important works, only the first and the standard editions have been
mentioned. It would, for example, be impossible to include an exhaustive
list of the various editions of _Werthers Leiden_ within the limits of
this bibliography.


Important English Works.

Gentleman’s Magazine, June, 1760, pp. 287–8: Two Fragments of Ancient
Poetry collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and translated from the
Gallic or Erse Language.

Fragments of Ancient Poetry, Collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and
Translated from the Galic or Erse Language. Edinburgh. 1760.

_The same._ The Second Edition. Edinburgh. 1760. One entire poem is
added, which stands No. 13 in this edition.

Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem, In Six Books: Together with several other
Poems, composed by Ossian the Son of Fingal. Translated from the Galic
Language, By James Macpherson. London: 1762.[4]

Temora, an Ancient Epic Poem, In Eight Books: Together with several
other Poems, composed by Ossian, the Son of Fingal. Translated from the
Galic Language, By James Macpherson. London: 1763.

The Works of Ossian, the Son of Fingal. In Two Volumes. Translated from
the Galic Language By James Macpherson. The Third Edition. London: 1765.

The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq.; In Two
Volumes. A new Edition, carefully corrected, and greatly improved.
London: 1773.

Report of the Committee of the Highland Society of Scotland, appointed
to inquire into the nature and authenticity of the Poems of Ossian.
Drawn up, according to the direction of the committee by Henry
MacKenzie, Esq. its convener and chairman, with a copious appendix,
containing some of the principal Documents on which the report is
founded. Edinburgh, 1805.

The Poems of Ossian, in the original Gaelic, with a literal Translation
into Latin, By the late Robert Macfarlan, A.M. Together with a
Dissertation on the Authenticity of the Poems, by Sir John Sinclair,
Bart. and a Translation from the Italian of the Abbé Cesarotti’s
Dissertation on the Controversy respecting the Authenticity of Ossian,
with Notes and a supplemental Essay, By John M’Arthur, LL.D. Published
under the Sanction of the Highland Society of London. 3 Volumes. London:
1807.

@1762.@ Bremisches Magazin zur Ausbreitung der Wissenschaften Künste und
Tugend Von einigen Liebhabern derselben mehrentheils aus den Englischen
Monatsschriften gesammelt und herausgegeben. Bremen und Leipzig. Vol. 5,
ii, pp. 448–52: Zwei Fragmenten der alten Dichtkunst von den Hochländern
in Schottland, aus der alten Gallischen oder Ersischen Sprache
übersetzet.

    A prose translation of Carric–Thura, p. 152, l. 12–p. 153, l. 7, and
    of The Songs of Selma, p. 210, l. 28–p. 211, l. 34,[5] the originals
    of which had appeared in the Gentleman’s Magazine for June, 1760.
    Cf. _infra_, p. 76.

Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften und der freyen Künste. Leipzig.
Vol. 8, ii, p. 349: Notice of Fingal. Cf. _infra_, p. 75.

@1763.@ Hannoverisches Magazin. Erster Jahrgang vom Jahre 1763.
Hannover, 1764. No. 92, pp. 1457–70: Nachricht von den Gedichten des
Ossian, eines alten schottischen Barden; nebst einigen Anmerkungen über
das Alterthum derselben.

_Ibid._, No. 94, pp. 1489–1504, No. 95, pp. 1505–20, No. 96, pp.
1521–34, No. 97, pp. 1534–46: Auszug und Uebersetzung des Fingal, eines
alten epischen Gedichtes. Von R. E. R.

    The author of both the article and the translation is Rudolf Erich
    Raspe, 1737–94. Cf. _infra_, pp. 76–7.

Bremisches Magazin. Vol. 6, ii, p. 461: Notice of Fingal. Cf. _infra_,
p. 76.

Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften. Vol. 9, ii, pp. 315–6: Review of
Temora. Cf. _infra_, p. 75.

@1764.@ Fragmente der alten Hochschottländischen Dichtkunst, nebst
einigen andern Gedichten Ossians, eines Schottischen Barden; aus dem
Englischen übersetzt. Hamburg.

    Weak prose translation by Joh. Andr. Engelbrecht of the original
    sixteen fragments together with Macpherson’s Preface; also of
    Comala, The War of Caros, Carthon, The Death of Cuthullin,
    Carric–Thura, and Berrathon from the first ed. of Fingal (1761).
    Instead of the 10th, 11th and 12th fragments, The Songs of Selma are
    given from the ed. of Fingal. The notes to Berrathon contain also
    the translation of Minvane’s Lament for Ryno, pp. 250–4. Denis,
    Bibliography, 1784, Ersch und Gruber, Allgemeine Encyklopädie, _sub_
    Ossian (p. 429), and others have 1763, but I have been unable to
    trace an edition published in that year. This and the following
    translation are sometimes given as one made by Engelbrecht and
    Wittenberg, _e. g._, Saunders, The Life and Letters of James
    Macpherson, p.236, etc. They were, however, published as two
    distinct and separate books. Cf. _infra_, p. 77.

Fingal, ein Helden–Gedicht, in sechs Büchern, von Ossian, einem alten
schottischen Barden. Nebst verschiedenen andern Gedichten von eben
demselben. Hamburg und Leipzig.

    Literal prose translation by Albrecht Wittenberg, 1782–1807, of
    Fingal together with Macpherson’s Preface to the same; also of
    Comala, The War of Caros, The War of Inisthona, The Battle of Lora,
    Conlath and Cuthona, and Carthon.—Vorrede des deutschen
    Uebersetzers: 8 pp. The translation is not by Engelbrecht and
    Wittenberg, as stated in Kürschner’s Dtsche Nat.–Litt., Klopstock,
    iv, p. ii, in Hofmann–Wellenhof’s biography of Denis, pp. 165, 194,
    Knothe’s biography of Kretschmann, etc. Cf. _infra_, p. 77.

Bremisches Magazin. Vol. 7, i, p. 227: Notice of the Dissertation on the
Poems of Ossian, the Son of Fingal. _Ibid._, p. 229: Notice of Temora.
Cf. _infra_, p.7 6.

@1765.@ Mémoire de M. de C. au Sujet des Poëmes de M. Macpherson. Köln.
Cf. _infra_, pp. 77–8.

    An essay throwing doubt upon the authenticity of the poems of
    Ossian, reprinted from Le Journal des Sçavans, Paris, May–December,
    1764. Amsterdam reprint, June–August, October, 1764, and February,
    1765.

Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen. Göttingen. i, pp. 129–31:
Review of Fingal.

    The author of the review is Albrecht von Haller, 1708–77; cp.
    _ibid._, 1767, and cf. his Tagebuch (1787); for contents cf.
    _infra_, p. 78.

@1766.@ Neues Bremisches Magazin. Bremen. Vol. I, i, pp. 1–54: Fragmente
der Alten Dichtkunst in den Hochländern von Schotland, gesammelt und aus
dem Englischen übersetzet.

    Prose translation of the first sixteen fragments together with
    Macpherson’s Preface.—A separate reprint of this translation was
    published in Bremen in the same year. Cf. _infra_, p. 80.

Briefe über Merkwürdigkeiten der Litteratur. Erste Sammlung. Schleswig
und Leipzig. Achter Brief: Memoire eines Irrländers über die
ossianischen Gedichte...

    An account of the above Mémoire (1765) by Heinrich Wilhelm
    Gerstenberg.—A reprint of the Schleswigische Litteraturbriefe
    appeared as No. 29 of the Deutsche Litteraturdenkmale des 18. und
    19. Jahrhunderts; the notes with regard to the Mémoire are found on
    pp. 56–7 (cf. also p. lxxii). Cf. _infra_, pp. 105–6

    REVIEW: Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 3, ii, pp. 308–9
    (1767).

Unterhaltungen. Hamburg. Vol. I, No. 4, pp. 329–40: Aufsatz des Herrn
von C. über die Gedichte des Herrn Macpherson.

_Ibid._, No. 5, pp. 420–36: Fortsetzung des Aufsatzes über Herrn
Macphersons Gedichte.

_Ibid._, No. 6, pp. 504–23: Beschluss des Aufsatzes über Herrn
Macphersons Gedichte.

    An account and partial translation of the Mémoire mentioned above
    (1765).

Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften und der freyen Künste.
Leipzig. Vol. i, ii, p. 387: Review of Cesarotti’s Italian translation
of the poems of Ossian. Cf. _infra_, p. 79.

_Ibid._, Vol. 2, ii, pp. 245–61: Review of the Works of Ossian, Third
Edition, 1765 (cf. English Bibliography).

_Ibid._, Vol. 3, i, pp. 13–38: Continuation and conclusion of the
Review.

    The author of the review of the Works of Ossian is Christian Felix
    Weisse, 1726–1804; cp. Gött. gel. Anz., 1768, Von den Barden ...
    (1770), Gallische Alterthümer (1781), and cf. _infra_, pp. 79–80.

@1767.@ Unterhaltungen. Hamburg. Vol. 4, No. i, pp. 617–20: Episode aus
dem altschottischen Gedichte Fingal.

    Iambic translation by Ludwig Gottlieb Crome, 1742–94, of the song of
    the unfortunate Colma, The Songs of Selma, p. 209, l. 3–p. 210, l.
    12, being Fragment X of the first edition of the Fragments (1760).
    The translation is reprinted in Schmid’s Zusäzze (1769), in
    Ursinus’s Balladen und Lieder (1777), and in Crome’s Gedichte
    (1795). Cf. _infra_, p. 80.

_Ibid._, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 688–91: Derwins Thränen, aus dem alten
Cornischen.

    A lament, Ossianic in spirit, translated into rhythmic prose from
    the Royal Magazine, May, 1767, pp. 264–6. Reprinted in Schmid’s
    Zusäzze (1769).

_Ibid._, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp. 1001–8: Armyns Klage an Kirmor. Ein altes
schottisches Gedicht.

    Free translation in rimed stanzas by L.G. Crome of the Lament of
    Armyn, The Songs of Selma, p. 212, l. 8–p. 213, l. 31, being
    Fragment XI of the first edition (1760). Reprinted in Schmid’s
    Zusäzze (1769), in the Musenalmanach (Göttingen, 1772), in Ursinus’s
    Balladen und Lieder (1777), in Crome’s Gedichte (1795), and in
    Matthisson’s Lyrische Anthologie (1804). Cf. _infra_, p. 80.

Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen. ii, pp. 1132–4, 1137–40:
Review of the Works of Ossian, Third Edition, 1765 (cf. English
Bibliography).

    The author of the review is Albrecht von Haller; cp. _ibid._, 1765,
    and cf. his Tagebuch (1787); for contents cf. _infra_, pp. 78–9.

Theorie der Poesie ... von M. Christian Heinrich Schmid. Leipzig, p. 75:
Ossian is designated as the Scotch Homer and the authenticity of the
poems is stated in emphatic terms.—Cp. Zusäzze, 1769. Litteratur der
Poesie, 1776.

@1768.@ Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen. i, pp. 361–71:
Review of John Macpherson’s Critical Dissertations on the Origin,
Antiquities, Language, Government, Manners and Religion of the ancient
Caledonians ...—pp. 367–8: The Bards. Cf. _infra_, p. 85, and cp. Von
den Barden ... (1770), etc.

Die Gedichte Ossians eines alten celtischen Dichters, aus dem Englischen
übersetzt von M. Denis, aus der G. J. (Gesellschaft Jesu.) Vols. 1 and
2. Wien. 4^o.

@1769.@ _The same_, Vol. 3, containing Dr. Hugh Blair’s Critical
Dissertation, pp. i–cxliv.

    [Pp. 182–5: Mors Oscaris, Filii Carvthi, a translation of the Death
    of Oscar in Macpherson’s Notes to Temora into Latin hexameters; cp.
    Carmina quaedam (1794) and for German translations cf. Der Tod
    Oskars (1772), Deutsches Museum (1783), and Nachlese zu Sineds
    Liedern (1784)].—A translation of Ossian’s poems in hexameters,
    which appeared in 1768–9, not in 1767–9, as Gurlitt (April 9, 1802,
    p. 6) and others have it. An octavo edition appeared synchronously.
    Cp. Ossians und Sineds Lieder (1784; 1791–2). Cf. _infra_, pp.
    120–6. To Vol. 1 a translation of Macpherson’s first dissertation
    was prefixed, to Vol. 2 the second.[6]

    REVIEWS: Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, 1768, ii, pp.
    1281–5 (Vol. 1 only).

    Staats– und Gelehrte Zeitung des Hamburgischen unpartheyischen
    Correspondenten, 1768, No. 202 (Vol. 1 only). At the close an
    anecdote in proof of the genuineness of the works of Ossian is
    related.

    Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften. Leipzig, Vol. 8, i, pp.
    99–112 (1769): Review of Vols. 1 and 2.

    Allgemeine Deutsche Bibliothek, Vol. 10, i, pp. 63–9 (1769): Review
    of Vol. 1; Vol. 17, ii, pp. 437–47 (1772): Review of Vols. 2 and 3.
    Johann Gottfried Herder is the author of these reviews, the first of
    which was reprinted in Herder’s Lebensbild (1846), Vol. 1, iii, 2,
    pp. 119–28, and in the Sämmtliche Werke, ed. Suphan, Vol. 4, pp.
    320–5, and the second in the Sämmtliche Werke, ed. Suphan, Vol. 5,
    pp. 322–30, where the first draft without the ending is given on pp.
    416–20. The Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen for 1772 contains a notice
    of Herder’s review of Vols. 2 and 3 on p. 811.

    Almanach der deutschen Musen auf das Jahr 1770. Leipzig, pp. 113–4:
    Review of Vols. 2 and 3. In the second edition of the Almanach
    (Leipzig, Berlin und Frankfurt) the review is found on pp. 123–4.

    Erfurtische gelehrte Zeitungen für das Jahr 1769, pp. 27–9: Review
    of Vol. 1; pp. 417–9: Vol. 2; pp. 713–7: Vol. 3.

M. Christian Heinrich Schmids Zusäzze zur Theorie der Poesie und
Nachrichten von den besten Dichtern. Dritte Sammlung. Leipzig. pp.
218–30: Ossian.

    Pp. 218–20 contain a review of the first volume of Denis’s
    translation, pp. 220–2 a reprint of the Episode aus dem
    altschottischen Gedichte Fingal, Unterhaltungen, Vol. 4, No. 1,
    (1767), pp. 223–5 a reprint of Derwins Thränen, _ibid._, No. 2, and
    pp. 225–30 a reprint of Armyns Klagen an Kirmor, _ibid._, No. 6. Cp.
    Theorie der Poesie, 1767, Litteratur der Poesie, 1776.

Unterhaltungen. Hamburg. Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 76: Nachricht von einer
lateinischen poetischen Uebersetzung der Ossianischen Werke.

_Ibid._, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 541–2: Probe der lateinischen Uebersetzung
des Ossian.

    Latin translation of an extract from Temora, Book i, taken from
    Robert Macfarlan’s Temoræ Liber Primus versibus latinis expressus
    (London, 1769), of which the above is a notice. Cp. Neue Bibliothek,
    1770.


Kritische Wälder. Oder Betrachtungen die Wissenschaft und Kunst des
Schönen betreffend, nach Maasgabe neuerer Schriften. Erstes Wäldchen,
pp. 38–41: Sentiments of the people of Ossian.

    These notes are found on pp. 27–9 of Vol. 3 of Herder’s Sämmtliche
    Werke, ed. Suphan.

Comala. Ein dramatisches Gedicht von Johann Joachim Eschenburg, dem
Geburts–Feste der Durchl. Erbprinzessinn von Braunschweig Königl. Hoheit
unterthänigst gewidmet; vorgestellt von der Ackermannischen Gesellschaft
den 12ten August 1769. Braunschweig.

    A free rendering of Comala in three scenes, mainly in iambic
    pentameters, with a happy ending substituted for Comala’s tragic
    death as narrated by Macpherson. The subject is not taken from an
    episode in Fingal, as stated in Ersch und Gruber, Encyklopädie,
    _sub_ Eschenburg (p. 53). Cp. Letter of Boie to Raspe, dated
    Göttingen, Aug. 29, 1769, in the Weimarisches Jahrbuch für deutsche
    Sprache, Litteratur und Kunst. iii. Hannover, 1855, pp. 13–5.
    Eschenburg (1743–1820) edited the first four volumes of the
    Unterhaltungen, also the Brittisches Museum, _q. v._ under 1777.

    REVIEWS: Staats– und Gelehrte Zeitung des Hamburgischen
    unpartheyischen Correspondenten, 1769, No. 150.

    Almanach der deutschen Musen auf das Jahr 1770, p. 82. Second
    Edition, pp. 87–8.

@1770.@ Almanach der deutschen Musen auf das Jahr 1770. Leipzig.[7] pp.
194–204: Comala. Ein dramatisches Gedicht von Eschenburg, d. 12. Aug.
dem Geburtsfeste der Erbprinzessinn von Braunschweig gewidmet.

    A reprint of the above, which appeared also in the Zwote,
    verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage of the Almanach, Leipzig, Berlin
    und Frankfurt, pp. 198–208.

Von den Barden, nebst etlichen Bardenliedern aus dem Englischen.
Leipzig.

    A translation by Christian Felix Weisse of John Macpherson’s
    Critical Dissertations on the Origin, Antiquities, Language,
    Government, Manners, and Religion of the ancient Caledonians
    (London, 1768), to which are added prose translations of four
    so–called bardic songs, none of which, however, is taken from
    Ossian. Cp. Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen (1768), Gall.
    Alterthümer, 1781, etc.


Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften. Leipzig. Vol. 9, ii, pp.
344–9: Review of Robert Macfarlan’s Temorae Liber Primus versibus
latinis expressus. Cp. Unterhaltungen, 1769.

@1771.@ Silbernes Buch. MS. in the Berlin Royal Library. p. 103:
Todeslied auf einen Helden. p. 104: Todeslied auf ein Mädchen. p. 105:
An den Mond. p. 106: Trauergesang eines Mädchen.

    The first is a translation of Dar–Thula, p. 287, ll. 10–18, the
    second of Dar–Thula, p. 288, l. 31–p. 289, l. 3 (cp. Volkslieder,
    1779), the third of Dar–Thula, beginning, p. 278–p. 279, l. 13 (cp.
    Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie, 1782), and the fourth of Temora,
    Book iv, p. 339, ll. 20–end. The first extract is translated in
    rimed couplets, the others in free meter.—For these and the
    translations from Ossian given in the Volkslieder, cf. Waag, Über
    Herders Übertragungen Englischer Gedichte, Heidelberg, 1892.—The
    first and the last two of these are found on pp. 549–51 of the
    Suphan ed., Vol. 25.

Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, i, pp. 630–1: A resentment
of Voltaire’s derogatory criticism of Ossian in his Questions sur
l’Encyclopédie (1770), in a review of the first volume of that work.

Der Wandsbecker Bothe. No. 187. Freytags, den 22. November: Ich wüsste
nicht warum.

    An epigram in praise of the poetry of Ossian as contrasted with that
    of the Greeks. The author of the poem is Matthias Claudius,
    1740–1815. It was written in answer to an epigram by Klopstock,
    entitled Sitt’ und Weise der Neuern (Göttinger Musenalmanach, 1773,
    p. 176, and elsewhere). Reprinted in the Almanach der deutschen
    Musen, 1773, and in the Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen
    (1775).—Cf. Die poetischen Beiträge zum Wandsbecker Bothen,
    gesammelt und ihren Verfassern zugewiesen von Dr. Carl Christian
    Redlich. (Programm.) Hamburg, 1871. p. 20.

Klopstocks Oden. Hamburg, 1771. Drittes Buch, p. 244: Two stanzas in the
ode Unsre Sprache relating to Ossian. Cf. _infra_, p. 91.

@1772.@ Musenalmanach. Göttingen. pp. 209–18: Armyns Klagelied an
Kirmor. Ein altschottisches Gedicht. Cf. Unterhaltungen, Vol. 4, No. 6
(1767).

Der Tod Oskars, des Sohns Karuths. Aus dem Lateinischen des Herrn Denis.
Prag.

    A German hexameter version of Denis’s Latin translation, for which
    cf. Die Gedichte Ossians, Vol. 3, (1769). The author of the German
    version, which appeared anonymously, is Fr. Expedit, Edler von
    Schönfeld. Meusel’s Lexikon (_sub_ Denis, Vol. 2, p. 327) states the
    facts in a very vague manner, so that we are led to believe that
    Denis made a German translation from the Latin of Schönfeld, instead
    of vice versa.

Die Lieder Sineds des Barden mit Vorbericht und Anmerkungen von M.
Denis, aus der G. J. Wien. pp. 1–4: An Ossians Geist.

    A poem addressed to the spirit of Ossian, which appeared also in the
    new edition of the poems (1782), and in Ossians und Sineds Lieder
    (1784, Vol. 4, pp. 1–4; 1791, Vol. 5, pp. 3–5).

    REVIEWS: Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, 1773, ii, pp.
    1181–4.

    Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen, 1773, pp. 477–81. Cf. Goethe’s Works,
    Ausgabe letzter Hand, Vol. 33, pp. 68–73; ed. Weimar, Vol. 37, pp.
    242–6. The review is not by Goethe, but by Herder.

@1773.@ Works of Ossian. Vol. 1. Darmstadt.

    This, the first English reprint of Ossian’s Poems in Germany, was
    published at the suggestion of Johann Heinrich Merck, 1741–91.
    Volume 2 appeared in 1775.

    NOTICES: Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen, 1775, p. 7. Anhang zu dem
    13. bis 24. Bande der allg. deutschen Bibl., 2. Abth., p. 950
    (1777).

Meine Philosophie, aus dem Französischen des Herrn Dorat. 38 pp.—pp.
39–48: Ossians Klage aus dem[8] Englischen.

    Neither author nor place of publication is mentioned, and the lament
    has no possible connection with the preceding philosophical
    treatise.

Von Deutscher Art und Kunst. Einige fliegende Blätter. Hamburg, pp.
1–70: Auszug aus einem Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter
Völker. pp. 113–8: Nachschrift.

    The author of the essay is Herder. It is reprinted in No. 40 of the
    Deutsche Litteraturdenkmale des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts, pp. 3–50,
    76–80. Cf. also Herder’s Sämmtliche Werke, ed. Suphan, Vol. 5, pp.
    159–207.

    REVIEWS: Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen, 1773, pp. 529–31. Anhang zu
    dem 13. bis 24. Bande der allg. deutschen Bibl., 2. Abth., pp.
    1169–74 (1777).

Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 14, i, p. 188: Notice
of an English verse rendering of Fingal, Rivington, 1772.

Almanach der deutschen Musen auf das Jahr 1773. Leipzig. (Gedichte.) p.
137: Ich wüsste nicht warum.

    Reprinted from the Wandsbecker Bothe, 1771, _q. v._

@1774.@ Die Leiden des jungen Werthers. Zweyter Theil. Leipzig. pp.
193–205: A beautiful translation in rhythmic prose by Goethe of The
Songs of Selma as far as p. 213, l. 30 (Tauchnitz). p. 206: Translation
of a short extract from Berrathon, p. 374, l. 5–p. 375, l. 1.—pp.
151–3: (Oct. 12.) Description of the world of Ossian, beginning: “Ossian
hat in meinem Herzen den Homer verdrängt.”

    Goethe had made a translation of The Songs of Selma in Strassburg
    and given it to Friederike Brion. Cf. Weimar edition, Vol. 37, pp.
    66–77, which gives the entire songs to the end (p. 214, Tauchnitz).
    Also Stöber, 1842.

    An Ossianic imitation based upon Goethe’s translation is contained
    in a letter by Theodor Körner to Fritz Henoch, dated Freiberg, 1809.
    Cf. Theodor Körner. Zum 23. September 1891. Leipzig: F. A.
    Brockhaus, 1891. p. 58; also National–Zeitung, 1891, No. 525 (Sept.
    13). For a comparison of Goethe’s translation with that of Lenz, cf.
    Zeitschrift für vergleichende Literaturgeschichte, 1896, pp. 108 and
    110.—On p. 214, Vol. 8, of the Goethe–Jahrbuch, we are told that
    the Lament of Armin was translated from Werthers Leiden into French
    verse by A. P. Coupigny in the year 1795; the beginning of the free
    translation is quoted, which, however, is not the Lament of Armin,
    but Berrathon, p. 374, ll. 5–8. In the Ausgabe letzter Hand the
    portions mentioned are found on pp. 166–75, p. 176, pp. 125–6 resp.
    of Vol. 16 (1828), in the Weimar edition, Vol. 19, pp. 165–75,
    175–6, 124–5. For other editions, reprints, etc., of Werthers Leiden
    cf. Goedeke’s Grundriss, 2d ed., Vol. 4, p. 650.

Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste ... von Johann George Sulzer. 2
vols. Leipzig. 1771–4. Vol. 2, pp. 865–73: Critical article on Ossian
with a number of quotations from Denis’s translation.

    For other editions cf. 1775, 1779, 1787, 1793.

Die Deutsche Gelehrtenrepublik ... Herausgegeben von Klopstock. Erster
Theil. Frankfurt und Leipzig, p. 178: Epigram in praise of Ossian. Cf.
_infra_, p. 91.

Versuche über die Geschichte des Menschen von Heinrich Home. Aus dem
Englischen übersetzt. Vol. 1. Leipzig, pp. 322–65: Discussion of the
manners of the ancient Celts and Scandinavians, with numerous quotations
from the poems of Ossian.

    The translation was made by A. E. Klausing. Cp. 2d ed., 1783,
    English reprint, 1796. Vol. 2 appeared in 1775.

@1775.@ The Works of Ossian. Volume 2. Darmstadt. Cf. Vol. 1, 1773.

Die Gedichte Ossian’s eines alten celtischen Helden und Barden. 3 vols.
Düsseldorf.

    German prose translation by Edmund von Harold. Cp. 2d ed., 1782,
    reprint, 1795. Cf. Rheinische Beiträge, 1778, 1780–1.

    REVIEW: Anhang zu dem 25.–36. Bande der allg. deutschen Bibl., 5.
    Abth., pp. 3008–11, (1780).

Iris. [Herausgegeben von Johann Georg Jacobi.] Düsseldorf. Vol. 3, pp.
163–92, Vol. 4, pp. 83–105: Ossian fürs Frauenzimmer. Fingal, ein alt
Gedicht von Ossian.

    A prose translation of the first two books of Fingal by Jakob
    Michael Reinhold Lenz, 1751–92; the remaining books appeared in the
    following volumes, _q. v._ under 1776.

Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste ... von Johann George Sulzer. Vol.
2, pp. 377–87: Ossian.

    A reprint of the first edition of 1774, _q. v._ (Vol. 1 of the
    reprint had appeared in 1773.)

Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Reisen nach den Westlichen Inseln bey Schottland.
Aus dem Englischen. Leipzig, pp. 189–93: Dr. Johnson’s diatribe against
the authenticity of the poems of Ossian.

    Translation of A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, London,
    1775.

    REVIEW: Zugabe zu den Göttingischen gelehrten Anzeigen, 1776, pp.
    cccxxi–vi.

Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen, Gotha. pp. 318–9: Notice of the
controversy between Dr. Johnson and Macpherson, with a translation of a
letter in reference to same published in the St. James Chronicle.

ASMVS omnia sua SECVM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker
Bothen, I. und II. Theil. Bresslau.[9] p. 123: Ich wüsste nicht warum?

    Cf. Der Wandsbecker Bothe, 1771.—For other editions and reprints
    cf. Goedeke’s Grundriss.

Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose by J. and A. L. Aikin. Altenburgh, pp.
34–42: Selama, an Imitation of Ossian.

    A very close imitation in rhythmic prose (English). The names are
    borrowed from Ossian and there is nothing to distinguish this from
    one of Macpherson’s productions.

    NOTICE: Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek, Vol. 26, i, p. 282 (1775).

@1776.@ Iris. Berlin. Vol. 5, pp. 87–107, Vol. 6, pp. 335–53, Vol. 7,
pp. 563–80, Vol. 8, pp. 812–30.

    Lenz’s translation of the last four books of Fingal; for the first
    two cf. Iris, Vols. 3 and 4, 1775.—A reprint of the six volumes
    appeared in Düsseldorf and Berlin, 1775–6.—For a criticism of the
    translation cf. Zeitsch. für vergl. Litteraturgesch., _infra_, 1896.

    REVIEW: Anhang zu dem 25. bis 36. Bande der allg. deutschen Bibl.,
    6. Abth., p. 3425 (1780).

Litteratur der Poesie von Christian Heinrich Schmid. Erster Theil.
Leipzig. pp. 295–303: Article on Ossian. Cp. Theorie der Poesie, 1767,
Zusäzze, 1769.

Deutsches Museum. Leipzig. pp. 62–6: Fingals Höle. Mit einem
Kupferstich.

    A description of Fingal’s Cave, not an Ossianic poem, as Nicolai,
    Herrigs Archiv, Vol. 58, p. 155 (1877), would lead us to suspect.

_Ibid._, pp. 763–9: Hellebeck, Eine Seeländische Gegend. An E.F. ... v.
S. ... und seine Emilia. Von Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg.

    Friedrich Stolberg (1750–1819) was strongly influenced by Ossian and
    not a few of his poems show traces of this influence. This
    particular poem has been included here, because the dependence upon
    Ossian is striking. On pp. 764–6 he relates the story of Fingal’s
    courtship of Agandecca and the latter’s death (Fingal, Bk. iii, p.
    236, l. 6–p. 238, l. 5), like the remainder of the poem in
    hexameters.—Cp. Gedichte, 1779.

@1776–7.@ Litterarische Monate. Ein Journal von einer Gesellschaft zu
Wien. Erster Band. [Oct. 1776 to Jan. 1777.] Wien.

    The Journal was written under the guidance of Denis, and contains
    numerous bardic songs in the Ossian–Denis style.

@1777.@ Works of Ossian. 4 vols. Francfort and Leipzig.

    This edition contains the complete works, with arguments and notes.
    To Vol. 1 is prefixed Macpherson’s Dissertation on the Aera of
    Ossian. A specimen of the original of Temora, Bk. vii, is given at
    the end of Vol. 4, pp. 183–204.—Edited by Merck, cp. Works,
    1773.—New edition, 1783.

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 36, ii, p. 603 (1778).

Balladen und Lieder altenglischer und altschottischer Dichtart.
Herausgegeben von August Friedrich Ursinus. Berlin. pp. 136–55: Armyn an
Kirmor. Ein altschottisches Gedicht. Von Crome. pp. 290–9: Colma. Ein
altschottisches Fragment. Von Crome.

    Both are reprinted from the Unterhaltungen, 1767, _q. v._ The
    English originals are given on the pages opposite.

Deutsches Museum. Leipzig, i, pp. 214–5: Notice of the MSS. of the poems
of Ossian in a letter [by Sturz]: Briefe eines Reisenden vom Jahre 1868.
Erster Brief. London den 18ten Aug.

    Helfrich Peter Sturz’s (1736–79) views on the authenticity of the
    works of Ossian. Macpherson showed him the alleged originals and he
    is convinced of the genuineness of the poems. Cp. Schriften, 1779.

Brittisches Museum für die Deutschen. Leipzig. Vol. I, i, pp. 136–7:
Review of The Fingal of Ossian, ... rendered into Heroic Verse, by Ewen
Cameron, Warrington, 1776.

Der Teutsche Merkur vom Jahr 1777. Weimar, ii, pp. 196–8: Comala, eine
Celtische Geschichte, von B. G. B.

    A poem in rimed quatrains, based upon the episode of Comal and
    Galvina, Fingal, Bk. ii, pp. 234–5.

_Ibid._, iii, pp. 193–8: Colma, eine Kantate. (Nach dem Ossian.) Von Dt.

    A free rendering in rimed verses by Clamor Eberhard Karl Schmidt,
    1746–1824, of the song of the unfortunate Colma, The Songs of Selma,
    p. 209, l. 3–p. 210, l. 12.

Leipziger Musenalmanach aufs Jahr 1777. Leipzig. pp. 174–81: Fingal und
Daura. (Ein musikalisches Drama.) von Ryno.

    A dramatic poem based upon Macpherson’s Comala, the beginning of the
    story being identical with Comala, and its language and spirit
    Ossianic throughout. The ending is happy, as in Eschenburg’s
    dramatization (1769). For some reason the author has changed the
    names of two of the dramatis personæ: Comala has become Daura and
    Hidallan Ulfadha; both of the new names occur in the poems of
    Ossian.

Auszug aus Eduard Blondheims geheimen Tagebuche. Leipzig.

    An imitation of Werthers Leiden, containing occasional traces of
    Ossianic influence.—pp. 50–3: Ossian bey Hidallahs Grabe. An
    Ossianic lament in rhythmic prose.

    REVIEW: Der Teutsche Merkur, 1778, i, p. 82.

@1778.@ Wodan. Erster Band. Hamburg. No. 1, pp. 23–4: An die Sonne. Nach
dem Ossian, im Schlusse seines Gedichts: Carthon, genannt. Von Opin.

    A rimed translation in eight–line stanzas of the Apostrophe to the
    Sun, Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end.

_Ibid._, No. 4, pp. 197–200: Probe einer neuen Uebersetzung der Temora
des Ossian. von F. L. Epheu.

    F. L. Epheu is the pseudonym of Garlieb Hanker, 1758–1807. The
    translation is in iambic measure, and the specimen is concluded in
    the 2d vol. of Wodan (1779), _q. v._

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 37, i, pp. 283–4 (1779).

Rheinische Beiträge zur Gelehrsamkeit. Ersten Jahrgangs zweiter Band.
Mannheim, pp. 202–13: Evirallin. Ein Gedicht.

    An imitation of Ossian in rhythmic prose, giving a different account
    of Fingal’s courtship of Evirallin from that related in Fingal, Bk.
    iv, pp. 245–6.

_Ibid._, pp. 289–302: Sulmora. Ein Gedicht.

    Also an imitation of Ossian in rhythmic prose.

_Ibid._, pp. 359–69: Malvina. Ein dramatisches Gedicht.

    A poem in dramatic form, based upon Malvina’s lament over the death
    of her lover Oscar. Cp. Croma, pp. 177–8.

    All three imitations are by Edmund von Harold, who published a
    translation in 1775 and a collection of his own in 1787, _q. v._ Cp.
    Rheinische Beiträge for 1780 and 1781.

@1779.@ Deutsches Museum. Leipzig, i, pp. 534–49: Karrikthura. Probe
einer neuen Uebersezung Ossians, von Gottfried August Bürger.

    Rhythmic prose translation of Carric–Thura. Cp. his Vermischte
    Schriften, 1802.—For Bürger’s estimate of the translations of
    Denis, Harold, Lenz, and Wittenberg, cf. letter to Goeckingk, Jan.
    25, 1779: Vierteljahrsch. für Litteraturgesch. Vol. 3, p. 422
    (1890).

Volkslieder. Nebst untermischten andern Stücken. Zweiter Theil. Leipzig.
[Herder’s collection.] p. 130: Darthula’s Grabesgesang. Aus Ossian.[10]

    Translation of Dar–Thula, p. 288, l. 31–p. 289, l. 3. Cp. Silbernes
    Buch, 1771. The poem was set to music by Johannes Brahms, _q. v._,
    _sub_ Music, _infra_, p. 63.


_Ibid._, pp. 131–7: Fillans Erscheinung und Fingals Schildklang. Aus
Ossian.

    Translation of Temora, Bk. vii, p. 354–p. 356, l. 27.

_Ibid._, pp. 138–9: Erinnerung des Gesanges der Vorzeit. Aus Ossian.

    Translation of Temora, Bk. vii, p. 360, l. 28–p. 361, l. 5. This and
    the preceding fragment are ‘attempts at a translation from the
    specimens of the original of Temora published by Macpherson.’ The
    three fragments are translated in free measures.

    All three translations are by Herder, although they were for a long
    time ascribed to Goethe and inserted in various collections of
    Goethe’s works, _e. g._ in the Hempel edition of the Poems, Vol. 3,
    pp. 3, 373–8; Goedeke’s Complete Edition in Ten Volumes, Vol. 1, pp.
    910–3; etc., etc. In the Deutsche National–Litteratur edition of
    Goethe, iii, 2, Düntzer inserts the last two (pp. 187–92), but does
    not allot the first (Dar–Thula) to Goethe.—Cp. Herder’s Werke,
    1807. In the Suphan ed. these poems are found in Vol. 25, pp.
    423–30.

Wodan. Zweiter und letzter Band. Hamburg. No. 5, pp. 256–61: Conclusion
of the Probe einer neuen Uebersetzung der Temora begun in Vol. 1, 1778,
_q. v._

_Ibid._, No. 8, pp. 469–75: Konnal und Krimora. von Epheu. Nach dem
Ossian. An**.

    A free translation—rhythmic prose with metrical passages
    interspersed—of Carric–Thura, p. 151, l. 12–p. 153, l. 7. With an
    introductory dedication to a lady. Cp. Wodan, 1778.

Taschenbuch für Dichter und Dichterfreunde. Zehnte Abtheilung. Leipzig.
pp. 80–2: Der Schild. Nach einem Fragmente Ossians. Von Kretschmann.

    A poem by Karl Friedrich Kretschmann (1738–1809) based upon an
    episode in Carric–Thura, p. 151. Cp. his Works, 1784, and cf.
    _infra_, p. 139. Another poem by Kretschmann appeared in the
    Taschenbuch for 1780.

Die Schreibtafel. Siebente Lieferung. Mannheim, pp. 92–7: Ueber Ossian.
An Herrn von Dalberg. von Mathias Herrmann Dühn.

    A poetic eulogy of Ossian. The author was a carpenter’s apprentice
    from Hamburg employed in Mannheim.

    NOTICE: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 44, ii, p. 470 (1781).

Ueber Sprache und Dichtkunst. Fragmente fon Klopstock. Hamburg. pp.
117–9: Klopstock’s views as to the metrical system of Ossian laid down
in his essay Fom deutschen Hexameter.

    These remarks are found on pp. 165–6, Vol. 15, of Klopstocks
    Sämmtliche Werke ... herausgegeben von Back und Spindler. Leipzig,
    1823–30.

Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste ... von Johann George Sulzer.
Zweyte verbesserte Auflage. 4 vols. Leipzig, 1778–9. Vol. 3, pp. 377–87:
Article on Ossian. Cf. 1st ed., 1774.

Schriften von Helfrich Peter Sturz. Erste Sammlung. Leipzig, p. 6:
Remarks on the authenticity of Ossian’s poems.

    Cf. Deutsches Museum, 1777. In the München edition of 1785 the
    passage is given on pp. 7–8.—Cf. Helferich Peter Sturz nebst einer
    Abhandlung über die Schleswigischen Literaturbriefe ... von Dr. Max
    Koch. München 1879, p. 120, note 4, where mention is made of No. 13
    of the Reichs–Postreuter for 1780, which I was unable to procure.

    REVIEW: Beytrag zum Reichs–Postreuter, 1780, 10tes Stück.

Die Werke der Caledonischen Barden aus dem Gallischen ins Engländische
und aus diesem ins Deutsche übersetzt. Erster Band. Leipzig.

    Prose translation of John Clark’s Works of the Caledonian Bards
    translated from the Galic, Edinburgh and London, 1778. pp. iii–xx:
    Vorrede. 1–12: Einleitung des englischen Uebersetzers ein Gedicht.
    Then the poems: Morduth, ein altes heroisches Gedichte in drey
    Büchern. Der Heerführer von Scarlaw. Der Heerführer von Feyglen. Die
    Höhle von Creyla. Colmala und Orwi. Des alten Barden Wunsch.
    Duchoil’s Elegie. Sulvinas Elegie. Oran–Molla. Die Worte des Wehes.
    Die Annäherung des Sommers. Der alte Fürst.

    REVIEWS: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 39, i, pp. 161–2 (1779).

    Of the English original: Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol.
    22, ii, pp. 334–5 (1779).

    Göttingische Anz. von gel. Sachen, 1779, i, pp. 51–6.

Rheinische Beiträge zur Gelehrsamkeit. Mannheim, ii, pp. 222–30:
Teutharts Trauern um Minna. Elegie.

    A servile imitation of an Ossianic lament, which appeared
    anonymously.

Gedichte der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg.
herausgegeben von Heinrich Christian Boie. Leipzig, pp. 161–74:
Hellebek, eine seeländische Gegend.

    Cf. Deutsches Museum, 1776. The episode of Fingal and Agandecca is
    contained on pp. 164–7.—In the Gesammelte Werke der Brüder
    Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg (20 vols.,
    Hamburg 1820–5), Hellebek appears in Vol. 1, pp. 135–45. For other
    editions cf. Goedeke’s Grundriss. Cp. Werke, Vol. 2 (1821).

@1780.@ Taschenbuch für Dichter und Dichterfreunde. Eilfte Abtheilung.
Leipzig, pp. 7–13: Fingal und Hloda. Nach Ossian. Von Kretschmann.

    A poetical rendering of the episode of Fingal’s battle with the
    Spirit of Loda, Carric–Thura, p. 146, l. 22.–p. 148, l. 11. Cp.
    Kretschmann’s Works, 1784.

    REVIEW of this and of Kretschmann’s Der Schild in the Taschenbuch
    for 1779: Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 31, i, pp.
    70–1 (1785).

Wienerischer Musenalmanach. Wien. pp. 1–?: Darthula, ein Trauerspiel
nach Ossian. Von Friedrich Saam.

    A dramatization of Macpherson’s Dar–Thula.

Rheinische Beiträge zur Gelehrsamkeit. Mannheim. i, pp. 199–213: Sitrik,
ein Gedicht aus dem englischen übersetzt. Von Herrn Obristwachtmeister
von Harold.

    Rhythmic prose, in imitation of Ossian. Cf. Rheinische Beiträge for
    1778.

Leipziger Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1780. Leipzig. pp. 106–7: Die
Rache. Von Stz.

    An appeal for revenge in free imitation of Ossian.

Teudelinde; dem Grafen Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg gewidmet. Hamburg.

    A tale with lyric passages in the manner of Ossian, closing with a
    panegyric on the bard. The author is Gerhard Anton von Halem
    (1752–1819). Cp. Poesie und Prose (1789).

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 44, i, pp. 103–4 (1780).

Buchhändler Zeitung, No. 4: doubts the genuineness of the poems of
Ossian.

    A copy of this paper was not to be had; the article in question is
    mentioned in the Beytrag zum Reichs–Postreuter, 1780, 10tes Stück.

@1781.@ Zustand der Wissenschaften und Künste in Schwaben. Erstes Stück.
Augspurg. [Herausgegeben von Balthasar Haug.] pp. 34–56: Ossians
Karrik–Thura. Aus dem Englischen, von H.

    A translation of Carric–Thura in rhythmic prose, with lyrical
    passages in verse, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Hoven (?). Cf. Arch. für
    Litteraturgesch., 1879, p. 537.—Cp. Anthologie, 1782.

Gallische Alterthümer oder eine Sammlung alter Gedichte aus dem
Gallischen des Ullin, Ossian, Orran, u. s. w. von John Smith ins
Engländische und aus diesem ins Deutsche übersetzt, benebst einer
Geschichte der Druiden hauptsächlich der Caledonischen und einer
Abhandlung über die Aechtheit der Ossianischen Gedichte. 2 vols.
Leipzig.

    Translation of John Smith’s Galic Antiquities, Edinburgh and London,
    1780, by Christian Felix Weisse. Cp. Neue Bibl. der schönen
    Wissenschaften, 1766; Von den Barden, 1770.

    REVIEW of English translation: Neue Bibl. der schönen
    Wissenschaften, Vol. 25, i, pp. 172–3 (1780).—For reviews of the
    Gaelic originals cf. 1787–8.—A review of an Italian translation of
    the History of the Druids and of several of the poems appeared in
    the Gött. Anz. von gel. Sachen, 1788, i, p. 412.

D. Christian Heinrich Schmids Professors zu Giessen Anweisung der
vornehmsten Bücher in allen Theilen der Dichtkunst. Leipzig. pp. 120–3,
376: List of the works of Ossian and of a few treatises and
translations.

Rheinische Beiträge zur Gelehrsamkeit. Mannheim, i, pp. 117–29: Die
Lieder von Tara. Vom Hrn. Obristwachtmeister von Harold.

    Another of Harold’s rhythmic prose imitations. Cf. Rheinische
    Beiträge for 1778.

@1782.@ Die Gedichte Ossians des Celtischen Helden und Barden. Aus dem
Englischen und zum Theile der Celtischen Ursprache übersetzt von
Freyherrn von Harold. Zweyte verbesserte mit vielen bisher unentdeckten
Gedichten vermehrte Auflage. 3 vols. Mannheim.

    Vorbericht of 6 pp. by the publishers.—Fragment einer nordischen
    Geschichte in prose, 4 pp.; the same translated by Denis in
    hexameters, 4 pp.—Ueber Ossians Genie und Geist. Aus Hugo Blairs
    Abhandlung, 4 pp.—Then follow the poems in prose translation with
    arguments and notes. Vol. 2, pp. 285–7 (293): Der Tod Oscars (from
    Macpherson’s Notes to Temora). Vol. 3, pp. 275–314: Anhang einiger
    neu aufgefundener Gedichte. (Bosmina, Ossians letztes Lied, Ossians
    Lied nach der Niederlage der Römer.)—Kayser, Bücher–Lexicon, gives
    1822 as the date of this edition. Cf. 1st ed., 1775, and Rheinische
    Beiträge, 1778, 1780, 1781.

Die Gedichte Ossians neuverteutschet. Tübingen.

    Prose translation by Johann Wilhelm Petersen, with some notes from
    Macpherson and others added by the translator. Vorbericht, pp.
    iii–xiv.—pp. 441–508: Anhang. pp. 443–8: Kolna–Dona, placed here in
    the appendix because Petersen considers it far too unimportant to be
    given a place among the others. pp. 449–54: Der Tod Oskars, assigned
    to the appendix because he considers it unauthentic. pp. 455–68:
    Bosmina. pp. 469–78: Ossians letztes Lied. The last two from von
    Harold (cf. _supra_). pp. 479–501: Macpherson’s first dissertation
    translated. pp. 502–8: Anhang des teutschen Uebersetzers zu
    vorstehender Abhandlung: account of the strife over the
    authenticity.—The translation of The Songs of Selma is Goethe’s, as
    is the passage from Berrathon given in Werthers Leiden.—Second
    edition: 1808.

    REVIEWS: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 56, i, pp. 118–20 (1783).

    Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen, 1782, pp. 241–5, which for the sake
    of comparison quote the beginning of Fingal (to p. 216, l. 21) in
    Petersen’s, in Denis’s, and in Lenz’s translations.

Anthologie auf das Jahr 1782. Gedrukt in der Buchdrukerei zu Tobolsko.
[Herausgegeben von Schiller.] pp. 112–4: Ossians Sonnengesang aus dem
Gedichte Karthon. (In Musik zu haben beim Herausgeber.) von H ...

    Translation in rimed verses of the Apostrophe to the Sun, Carthon,
    p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end. The translator is Friedrich Wilhelm von
    Hoven; cp. Zustand der Wissenschaften etc., 1781, and cf. Arch. für
    Litteraturgesch., 1879, p. 537. The poem was set to music by Johann
    Rudolf Zumsteeg (1760–1802); cf. _infra_, p. 64.—A new edition of
    the Anthologie appeared in 1798, _q. v._ Cf. also Schiller’s
    sämmtliche Schriften, ed. Goedeke (Stuttgart), Erster Theil,
    Jugendversuche, pp. 265–6; Schiller’s letter to von Hoven,
    establishing the latter’s authorship of the translation is given on
    p. 196.

Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie. Eine Anleitung für die Liebhaber
derselben, und der ältesten Geschichte des menschlichen Geistes, von J.
G. Herder. 2 vols. Dessau. 1782–3. p. 115: Ossians Anrede an die
untergehende Sonne. pp. 115–6: An die Morgensonne. pp. 117–8: An den
Mond. pp. 118–9: An den Abendstern.

    Metrical translations of four of Macpherson’s apostrophes to
    illustrate Ossian’s personifications and nature poetry. The first is
    a translation of the beginning of Carric–Thura, p. 143, first
    paragraph; the second of Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end; the
    third of Dar–Thula, p. 278–p. 279, l. 13 (cf. Silbernes Buch, 1771),
    and the last of the beginning of The Songs of Selma, p. 208, first
    nine lines. Cp. ed. Leipzig, 1787, and Album des lit. Ver. in
    Nürnberg für 1854, and cf. the editions of Herder’s works. In
    Suphan’s edition the translations are found in Vol. ii, pp. 297–300.

Der Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. ii, pp. 12–17: Metrical translation of the
Presages of Ossian’s Death, Berrathon, p. 380, l. 17–p. 382, end. pp.
17–22: Elegy on the Death of Malvina, Berrathon, beginning, p. 374–p.
376, l. 14. p. 24: Translation of the War of Inis–Thona, p. 205, ll.
7–11.

    These translations are by Herder, being inserted in his essay Hades
    und Elysium, oder Meinungen und Dichtungen verschiedner Völker vom
    Zustande der Menschen nach diesem Leben, in order to serve as an
    illustration of the ideas of the Celts on the subject, pp.
    11–24.—Cp. Zerstreute Blätter, 1797. In Suphan’s edition of
    Herder’s Works the Celtic conception of the Land der Seelen is given
    on pp. 323–33 of Vol. 16 (1887.)

Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften und der freyen Künste. Leipzig.
Vol. 27, i, pp. 146–7: Review of Shaw’s Enquiry into the Authenticity of
the Poems ascribed to Ossian, London, 1781, and of John Clark’s Answer
to Mr. Shaw’s Inquiry into the Authenticity of the Poems ascribed to
Ossian, Edinburgh, 1781.

Fingal in Lochlin. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Nach Ossian. Dessau.

    A dramatization in prose with several lyric passages in verse based
    upon the story in Fingal, Book iii, p. 236, 16–p. 238, l. 5, and
    upon Cath–Loda, while an episode in Act iii, 3, is based upon
    Carric–Thura (Fingal’s battle with the Spirit of Loda). The drama
    was reprinted in Vol. 272 of the Deutsche Schaubühne, Wien. Another
    edition appeared in 1787, _q. v._ Gurlitt (1802, April 9, p. 8),
    Nicolai (1877) and others give the date of the first appearance as
    1783, which is incorrect. The author of this and the drama
    Inamorulla (1783) is Karl Heinrich Wachsmuth, born 1760.

    REVIEW: Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, 1782, ii, pp.
    1245–6.

Wienerischer Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1782. Wien, pp. 141–51: Das
Grabmahl in Caracthuna. 1781. von Joseph Blodig v. Sternfeld.

    A free invention in the Ossianic style.

Die Lieder Sineds des Barden ... von M. Denis ... Wien. Cf. 1772.

@1783.@ Works of Ossian. 4 vols. Francfort and Leipzig.

    Edited by Merck; cf. 1st ed., 1777. This edition contains Clark’s
    Answer to Shaw’s Inquiry (for a review of which cf. Bibl. der
    schönen Wissenschaften, 1782), as well as Macpherson’s Dissertation
    concerning the Aera of Ossian in Vol. 1. At the end of the fourth
    volume an Alphabetical Index of Names and Things is given, the
    specimen of Temora’s original added to the English edition being
    omitted.

    PRELIMINARY NOTICE: Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen, 1783, p. 278.

Deutsches Museum. Leipzig. i, pp. 176–81: Der Tod Oscars, des Sohns
Caruth. Aus dem Lateinischen.

    Metrical translation from Denis’s Latin version of The Death of
    Oscar, by K. F. Trost. Cp. Der Tod Oskars, 1772.—pp. 176–8: An
    Denis.

_Ibid._, i, pp. 185–7: Ueber die Aechtheit Ossians.

    A letter from a correspondent with reference to an article entitled
    The Ossian Controversy stated, London Magazine, Nov. 1782.

_Ibid._, ii, pp. 191–2: Anecdotes told by a correspondent in
substantiation of the authenticity of the poems of Ossian.

Bodmers Apollinarien. Herausgegeben von Gotthold Friedrich Stäudlin.
Tübingen. pp. 357–66: Zweifel gegen die Aechtheit der Kaledonischen
Gedichte erhoben.

    An expression of the doubts as to the authenticity of Macpherson’s
    poems entertained by Johann Jakob Bodmer.

Vermischte Aufsätze zum Nachdenken und zur Unterhaltung. Erster Theil.
Dessau und Leipzig, pp. ?–?: Homer und Ossian.

    I was unable to procure a copy of the Aufsätze, which are reviewed
    in the Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 56, i, pp. 121–2 (1783), where the
    essay in question is referred to as a Raisonnement über Homer und
    Ossian and severely criticized.

Versuche über die Geschichte des Menschen von Heinrich Home. Vol. 1, 2d
Edition. Cf. 1st ed., 1774, and English ed., 1796.

Inamorulla, oder Ossians Grosmuth. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Nach
Ossian. Dessau.

    A prose drama with occasional lyric passages, based upon
    Macpherson’s Croma and Oina–Morul. Reprinted in Vol. 272 of the
    Deutsche Schaubühne, Wien, and in Vol. 46 of the Theatralische
    Sammlung, Wien, 1793, _q. v._ The author is K. H. Wachsmuth; cp.
    Fingal in Lochlin, 1782. Goedeke, Grundriss., 2d ed, Vol. 5, p. 393,
    has Inamoralia. Another edition was issued at Leipzig in the year
    1787.

Deutsches Museum. Leipzig. i, pp. 116–8: Die Klage Lesbana’s. Nach dem
Celtischen von v. H.—i, pp. 279–81: Klage. Nach dem Celtischen. von v.
H.

    Two metrical imitations of an Ossianic lament by G. A. von Halem.
    Cp. Poesie und Prose, 1789. Reprinted in Vol. 5 (1807) of his
    Schriften (Münster), pp. 20–4, 11–14.

@1784@. Ossians und Sineds Lieder. 5 vols. Wien.

    Denis’s translation of Ossian (revised with reference to the last
    English edition, 1773) and a collection of his own poems, most of
    which are contained in Die Lieder Sineds des Barden, 1772. New
    edition, 1791–2, _q. v._ Lowndes, Bibliographer’s Manual, London
    (Bohn), Part vi, _sub_ Ossian, p. 1738, mentions one edition only
    and dates it 1799. Cf. _infra_, p. 135. Vol. 1 contains a
    translation of Macpherson’s first, Vol. 2 of his second
    dissertation, Vol. 3 of Dr. Blair’s. Macpherson’s, Cesarotti’s and
    original notes are found at the foot of the page. Vol. 4 opens with
    the Vorbericht von der alten vaterländischen Dichtkunst. Vol. 5 with
    a Gespräch von dem Werthe der Reime, with an appendix on the use of
    the hexameter. In the 1791–2 ed. this appendix is inserted in Vol. 4
    under the title Von dem Gebrauche des Hexameters. In the latter ed.
    the translation is contained in the first 4 vols. and the poems of
    Denis in Vols. 5 and 6.

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 60, ii, pp. 410–6.

Nachlese zu Sineds Liedern. Aufgesammelt und herausgegeben von Joseph
von Retzer. Band 6. Wien. pp. 200–9: Mors Oscaris, Filii Caruthi.
(Denis.) Der Tod Oscars. Des Sohnes Karuths. von Anton Freyh. v.
Rebbach.

    Denis’s Latin hexameter version of The Death of Oscar, with a German
    translation in hexameters on the opposite pages. Cp. Der Tod Oskars
    (1772) and Deutsches Museum (1783).

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 69, i, pp. 96–7 (1786).

Ungedruckte Reste alten Gesangs nebst Stücken neurer Dichtkunst. von A.
Elwert. Giesen und Marburg. pp. 23–4: Klage der Barden bei Darthulas
Grab. Aus dem Ossian. von S——a. pp. 25–8: Schilriks Gesang. Aus dem
Ossian. von S——a. pp. 65–9: Allins Trauergesang über den Tod der
Liebenden. Aus dem Ossian. von S. pp. 70–1: Trauergesang über Malvinas
Tod. Aus dem Ossian. von S.

    All four are poetic translations, the first of Dar–Thula, p. 288, l.
    31–p. 289, l. 3; the second of Carric–Thura, p. 145, l. 27–p. 146,
    l. 20; the third of Carric–Thura, p. 152, l. 12–p. 153, l. 7; the
    fourth of Berrathon, p. 374, beginning–p. 375, l. 1. The editor is
    Anselm Elwert, 1761–1825.

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 59, ii, pp. 413–5 (1784).

Tales of Ossian for Use and Entertainment. Ein Lesebuch für Anfänger im
Englischen. Mit beigefügten historischen und lokalen Erläuterungen &c.
Nürnberg.

    The editor of the Tales is J. Balbach. They are taken exclusively
    from the epics of Fingal and Temora: Morna, and Cairbar and Grudar
    from Fingal, Book i; Cuchullin to Connal, and Comal and Galvina from
    Bk. ii; The Song of Tura, and Fingal to Oscar from Bk. iii; Ossian
    and Evirallin from Bk. iv; Fingal and Orla, and Ryno’s Death from
    Bk. v; Trenmor and Inibaca from Bk. vi; Oscar’s Death, and The Tale
    of Fallen Cormac from Temora Bk. i; Fingal and Roscrana from Bk. iv;
    Sulmalla and Cathmor from Bk. vii, and Cathmor’s Death, and Sulmalla
    from Bk. viii. Copious notes are provided. A second edition appeared
    in 1794, a third in 1822, _q. v._

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 61, ii, pp. 608–9 (1785).

Karl Friedrich Kretschmans sämtliche Werke. 6 vols. Leipzig. 1784–99.
Vol. 1, pp. 235–48: Zwey Fragmente nach Ossian. I. Fingal und Hloda. II.
Der Schild. Cf. Taschenbuch, 1779–80.

    REVIEW of the first two volumes: Neue Bibl. der schönen
    Wissenschaften, Vol. 31, i, pp. 57–87 (1785); pp. 70–1: Review of
    the fragments.

Von dem Einflusse der Wissenschaften auf die Dichtkunst. Aus dem
Französischen des Herrn Merian, ..., übersetzt von Jakob Bernoulli.
[1759–89.] 2 vols. Leipzig. 1784–7. Vol. 1, pp. 25–36: Poesie der
Celten, pp. 31–6: Poems of Ossian. Note, pp. 36–9: Authenticity of the
poems.

    A translation of Johann Bernhard Merian’s (1723–1807) Comment les
    sciences influent–elles sur la poësie?

@1785.@ Doctor Blairs ... Critische Abhandlung über die Gedichte
Ossians, des Sohnes Fingals. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Otto
August Heinrich Oelrichs. Hannover und Ossnabrück.

    This translation appeared in 1785 not in 1786, as stated by Gurlitt
    (April 9, 1802, p. 15), in Fingal, Göttingen, 1788, etc. A notice of
    Dr. Hugh Blair’s death appeared in the Intelligenzblatt der Allg.
    Lit.–Zeitung, 1801, No. 92.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Literatur Zeitung, 1785, iii, pp. 44–5.

    Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 65, i, pp. 124–6 (1786).

K. G. Küttners Briefe über Irland an seinen Freund, den Herausgeber [M.
Schenk]. Leipzig, pp. 248–58, 309–10, 441–2: Macphersons fruchtlosse
Bemühungen Schottlands Alterthum zu retten.—Unächtheit der Ossianischen
Gesänge.

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 65, ii, pp. 495–6.

Magazin für Wissenschaften und Litteratur. I. Bandes II. Theil.
Herausgegeben von Otto von Gemmingen. Wien. pp. 135–41: Das Orakel der
Deutschen, oder gesammelte Urtheile deutscher Kunstrichter über die
Denisische Uebersetzung Ossians.

    A collection of opinions expressed by different critics in regard to
    Denis’s translation, written on occasion of the publication of
    Ossians und Sineds Lieder (1784). Reprinted in the Nachlass (1801).

Minona, oder die Angelsachsen. Ein tragisches Melodrama in vier Akten.
Von Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg. Hamburg.

    A prose drama in the Ossianic spirit with poetic passages
    interspersed. Cp. Schriften, 1794, 1815, and cf. _infra_, pp. 112–9.

    REVIEWS: Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen, 1786, No. 85, pp. 709–11.

    Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 77, i, pp. 116–8 (1787).

    Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 34, i, pp. 121–42
    (1787), ii, pp. 279–99, Vol. 35, ii, pp. 217–35 (1788).

    Der Teutsche Merkur, 1788, iv, pp. 201–24.

    Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1789, i, pp. 716–20, etc.

Beiträge zum Theater, zur Musik und der unterhaltenden Lektüre
überhaupt. Erster Band. Stendal. pp. 224–8: Chelims Klage. von C.
Meissner.

    A story in the Ossianic manner; rhythmic prose with a metrical
    complaint.

Musenalmanach. (Poetische Blumenlese. Auf das Jahr 1785.) Göttingen. pp.
70–2: Gaul an den Geist seines Vaters, als er hinging das Schwert
desselben aus seinem Grabe zu holen. von J. A e. Klöntrup.

    A free imitation of Ossian in quatrains.

Lehrreiche Nebenstunden. Eine Wochenschrift für die Jugend beyderley
Geschlechts. Vol. 1, Berlin, pp. ?–?: Fingals Höhle.

    I was unable to find this volume, a notice of which appeared in the
    Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 69, ii, pp. 613–4 (1786).

@1787.@ Poems of Ossian lately discover’d by Edmond Baron de Harold.
Dusseldorf.

    An English version of seventeen little Caledonian poems purporting
    to have been discovered by the translator, all but two of which are
    ascribed to Ossian.

Neuentdeckte Gedichte Ossians, übersetzt von Edmund Freiherrn von
Harold. Düsseldorf.

    Same as above. Second edition 1798.

    REVIEWS: Gött. Anz. von gel. Sachen, 1787, ii, p. 1248.

    Supplemente zur Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1787, v, pp. 22–3.

    Anhang zu dem 53. bis 86. Bande der Allg. deutschen Bibl., 3. Abth.,
    pp. 1847–8 (1791).

Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie ... von J. G. Herder. 2 vols. Leipzig.
Vol. 1, p. 115: Ossians Anrede an die untergehende Sonne, pp. 115–6: An
die Morgensonne, pp. 117–8: An den Mond. pp. 118–9: An den Abendstern.

    Cf. 1st ed., 1782. In the 3d ed., edited by Justi, Leipzig, 1825,
    the fragments are found in Vol. 1, pp. 103–6.

Albrechts von Haller Tagebuch seiner Beobachtungen über Schriftsteller
und über sich selbst. 2 vols. Bern. Vol. 1, pp. 265–8, 288–96, (368);
(Vol. 2, pp. 44–6): Laudatory criticism of the Works of Ossian.

    The first passage consists of Haller’s review of Fingal, Gött. Anz.
    von gel. Sachen, 1765, the second of his review of The Works of
    Ossian, _ibid._, 1767; the remarks in Vol. 2 refer to the article on
    Ossian in Sulzer’s Theorie.

Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste ... von Johann George Sulzer. Neue
vermehrte Auflage. 4 vols. Leipzig. 1786–7. Vol. 3, pp. 516–27: Article
on Ossian. 1st ed. 1774, _q. v._

Fingal in Lochlin. Dessau. Cf. 1782.

Inamorulla. Leipzig. Cf. 1783.

    Both these dramas by Wachsmuth were reprinted in this year.

Allgemeine Literatur Zeitung. Jena und Leipzig. iv, pp. 431–2: Notice of
the originals of John Smith’s Galic Antiquities (Sean Dana etc.). Cf.
Gallische Alterthümer, 1781.

@1788.@ Fingal an epic poem in six books, taken from Ossian’s Works.
Gottingue.

    A somewhat inaccurate, cheap reprint. The date of publication is not
    1798, as occasionally given.

Deutsches Museum. Leipzig. ii, pp. 512–27: Komala, ein Singspiel nach
Ossian. Von Friedr. Boutterweck.

    A _Singspiel_ in three scenes, a free rendering of Comala with the
    original ending unchanged. The recitatives are in blank iambic
    verse. The author is Friedrich Bouterwek, 1766–1828; cf. his
    Geschichte der Poesie und Beredsamkeit, 1810.

Der Zustand des Staats, der Religion, der Gelehrsamkeit und der Kunst in
Grosbritannien gegen das Ende des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts von D. Gebh.
Friedr. Aug. Wendeborn. 4 vols. Berlin. 1785–8. Vol. 4, pp. 141–2: A
diatribe against the genuineness of the poems of Ossian.

Henrici Alberti Schultens Oratio de Ingenio Arabum. Lugduni Batavorum.
pp. 11–2: declares the poems of Ossian to be authentic.

Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 35, ii, p. 332: Notice
of the originals of Smith’s Galic Antiquities. Cf. Gallische
Alterthümer, 1781.

Musen Almanach für 1788. herausgegeben von Voss und Goeking. Hamburg.
pp. 50–2: Urrins Preis. Nach dem Wallischen des Barden Taliesin.

    Translated by von Halem in rimed verses from Edward Jones’s Musical
    and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards, London, 1786, a notice of
    which had appeared in the Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1786, ii, p. 203. Cp.
    Poesie und Prose, 1789.

@1789.@ Essai d’une Traduction d’Ossian en vers françois. Par J.
Lombard, Secrétaire privé au cabinet du Roi. Berlin.

    Metrical translation of Carthon. pp. 7–16: Preliminary essay. This
    translation is erroneously referred to by Gurlitt (April 9, 1802,
    pp. 4–5), Ersch und Gruber, Encyklopädie, _sub_ Ossian (p. 429) and
    others as being one of Fingal instead of Carthon. The translator’s
    full name is Jean Guillaume Lombard.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1789, iv, pp. 81–4.

    Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 97, i, pp. 151–3 (1790).

    La Prusse Littéraire sous Fréderic II. Par Mr l’Abbé Denina. 3 vols.
    Berlin, 1790–1. Vol. 2, pp. 422–4, _sub_ Lombard. On p. 422 Denina
    mentions a German prose translation by one Jani, which I have not
    been able to locate.

Musenalmanach. Göttingen, pp. 214–6: Minvane, ein Bruckstück aus einem
verlornen Gesange von Ossian. von Georg Friedrich Nöldeke.

    A free invention in the style of Ossian (in verse).

Poesie und Prose von G.A. von Halem. Hamburg. pp. 226–7: Urrins Preis.
Nach dem Wallisischen des Barden Taliesin, 1787. pp. 318–9: Harlechs
Preis. Nach dem Wallisischen Mirvans mit dem rothen Haare, 1783. pp.
320–2: Die Klage Lesbana’s. Nach dem Celtischen, 1783. pp. 344–7: Klage.
Nach dem Celtischen, 1782. pp. 353–79: Teudelinde. An drey Schwestern,
1780.

    For the first cf. Musen Almanach, 1788, for the third and fourth
    Deutsches Museum, 1783, for the last 1780. Cp. Irene, 1804.

@1790.@ Beispielsammlung zur Theorie und Literatur der schönen
Wissenschaften von Johann Joachim Eschenburg. 8 vols. Berlin und
Stettin. 1788–95. Vol. 5, pp. 304–7: Extract (in English) from Fingal,
Bk. iii (The Death of Agandecca, p. 237, l. 27–p. 240, l. 10), with a
short preliminary notice.

Musen Almanach. Göttingen. pp. 83–7: Ossians Gebet. Hochländisches
Volkslied.

    Translated in meter by Friedrich Ludwig Wilhelm Meyer, 1759–1840. A
    dialog between Ossian and St. Patrick, the original of which
    appeared in the Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin,
    1787. Cp. Neuaufgefundene Gedichte Ossians, 1792, Spiele des Witzes,
    1793, Adrastea, 1802.

Alfonso, ein Gedicht in acht Gesängen. Göttingen.

    An epic poem by Friedrich August Müller, 1767–1807, in which the
    imitation of Ossian is remarkably striking.

    REVIEW: Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 99, i, pp. 112–7 (1790).

@1791.@ Bragur. Ein Litterarisches Magazin der Deutschen und Nordischen
Vorzeit. Herausgegeben von Böckh und Gräter. Leipzig. Vol. 1, pp.
379–80: Von der Uebersetzung Ossians und der Sean Dana aus dem Original.
Von Gräter.

    Other notices of Friedrich David Gräter’s (1768–1830) proposed
    translation (which never appeared) are given in the Neue Bibl. der
    schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 49, ii, p. 327 (1793), in Schubart’s
    Chronik, Stuttgart, 1790, ii, p. 798, 1791, i, pp. 95–6, in the
    Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1791, iv, p. 648, in the Intelligenzblatt der
    allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1790, p. 1340, 1791, pp. 91–2, and in the
    Friedensnachrichten, Halle, 1795, No. 20, pp. 318–20.

Deutsche Monatsschrift. Berlin. i, pp. 177–8, note: Several quotations
from the Poems of Ossian in an article Ueber den Wunsch, auf einer
niedrigen Stufe der Kultur zu leben.

_Ibid._, ii, pp. 197–223: Ueber die Sitten der alten Schotten, von Hrn.
Doktor Kramer.

    An essay based upon Hugo Arnot’s History of Edinburgh from the
    earliest Accounts to the present Time, Edinburgh, 1788. References
    to the authenticity of the works of Ossian on p. 198.

Iwona, eine ossianische Skizze. Ludwig Tieck’s Handschriftlicher
Nachlass, Royal Library, Berlin.

    Cf. Arch. für Litteraturgesch., Vol. 15, pp. 316–22: Zu Ludwig
    Tiecks Nachlass. Von Adolf Hauffen.—The Nachlass also contains the
    Gesang des Barden Longal, another Ossianic imitation.—Three other
    Ossianic imitations were written by Tieck in the same year, viz.,
    Ryno, Ullin’s Gesang, and Ullin’s und Linulf’s Gesang. The last two
    were printed in Die eiserne Maske, 1792, _q. v._, and are given on
    pp. 195–204 in the first volume of Ludwig Tieck’s nachgelassene
    Schriften, ed. Rudolf Köpke, Leipzig, 1855.

Feldblumen, gesammelt zum Besten einer Erziehungsanstalt für arme
Kinder. Riga. pp.?–?: Colma.

    Probably an Ossianic melodrama. Cf. review in the Allg. deutsche
    Bibl., Kiel, Vol. 116, ii, pp. 394–5 (1794).

@1791–2.@ Ossians und Sineds Lieder. 6 vols. Wien. Cf. 1st ed., 1784.

    (Vol. 6 = 1792.) Two editions, one in large 4^o (Alberti), the other
    in small 4^o (Wappler). Cf. _infra_, p. 138.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 2, i, pp. 116–9 (1793).

@1792.@ Neuaufgefundene Gedichte Ossians Aus dem Englischen Mit
erläuternden Anmerkungen und einer Abhandlung über die Werke dieses
celtischen Barden. Frankfurt und Leipzig.

    Translation by Christoph Heinrich Pfaff (1773–1852) of the Ossianic
    poems published by the Irish Bishop of Clonfert, Arthur Young, in
    the Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 1787.

    REVIEWS: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 7, ii, pp. 579–82 (1793).


    Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 52, ii, pp. 297–301
    (1794)

    Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1795, ii, pp. 345–9 (by F. D. Gräter; cf.
    Bragur, Vol. 6, ii, pp. 237–8, note).

Deutsche Monatsschrift. Berlin. ii, pp. 313–32: Die Schlacht von Lava,
oder das Lied vom Greise. Ein Celtisches Gedicht des dreyzehnten
Jahrhunderts.

    Metrical translation from Smith’s Galic Antiquities by F. L. W.
    Meyer. Cp. Spiele des Witzes, 1793.

Bragur ... Herausgegeben von Gräter. Vol. 2, pp. 56–7: References to
Ossian, Orran and Ullin in an essay by Gräter entitled Kurzer Begriff
von den Druiden, Barden, Skalden, Minstrels, Minnesingern und
Meistersängern.

Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit von Johann Gottfried
Herder. Vierter Theil. Riga und Leipzig. 8^o. pp. 14–5: References to
Ossian.—pp. 12–? of the 4^o ed. of 1791.

Die eiserne Maske, eine schottische Geschichte. Von Ottokar Sturm.
Frankfurt und Leipzig.

    A story by Friedrich Eberhard Rambach (1767–1826), the last chapter
    of which was written by Tieck. The names of the characters are
    Ossianic, and Tieck’s Ossianic imitations, Ullin’s Gesang and
    Ullin’s and Linulf’s Gesang, are included.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 3, i, pp. 285–6.

@1793.@ Spiele des Witzes und der Phantasie. Berlin, pp. 147–53: Ossians
Gebet. Hochländisch. pp. 154–78: Die Schlacht von Lava, oder das Lied
vom Greise.

    Translations by F. L. W. Meyer, the first of which appeared in the
    Göttinger Musen Almanach, 1790, and the second in the Deutsche
    Monatsschrift, 1792, _q. v._

Allgemeine Theorie der Schönen Künste ... von Johann George Sulzer. Neue
vermehrte zweyte Auflage. 4 vols. Leipzig, 1792–4. Vol. 3, pp. 631–43:
Article on Ossian.—1st ed., 1774.

Theatralische Sammlung. Wien. Band 46, ii: Inamorulla, oder Ossians
Grosmuth. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Nach Ossian.—Cf. 1783.

@1794.@ Tales of Ossian for Use and Entertainment. Ein Lesebuch für
Anfänger im Englischen. Mit beigefügten historischen, statistischen und
genealogischen Erläuterungen, ... Zwote, verbesserte und vermehrte
Auflage. Nürnberg.—1st ed., 1784, _q. v._

Michaelis Denisii Carmina quaedam. Vindobonae. pp. 132–4: Mors Oscaris.

    Cf. Denis’s translation of Ossian. Vol. 3, 1769.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 15, ii, p. 339 (1795).

Schauspiele und Gemälde. Von Carl Reiner. Duisburg am Rhein. pp. 79–104:
Calthon und Colmala, ein Gedicht von Ossian in Versen übersezt. pp.
223–34: Minonas Gesang, ein Gedicht von Ossian, in Versen übersezt.

    The first is a translation of Calthon and Colmal, the second of The
    Songs of Selma, beginning, p. 208–p. 210, l. 15.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 23, ii, p. 321 (1796).

Bragur ... Herausgegeben von Hässlein und Gräter. Vol. 3, pp. 120–206:
Translation of an article by William Tytler Ueber die alten Schottischen
Balladen und Lieder und die Schottische Musik überhaupt.—pp. 120–2,
131–2: references to Ossian.

_Ibid._, p. 473: Notice of Alstrup’s Danish translation of Ossian.

_Ibid._, pp. 480–5: Letter of Prof. [Johann Christian Christoph] Rüdiger
(1751–1822) of Halle to Gräter Ueber Ossian.

_Ibid._, pp. 485–91: Letter of L. Th. Kosegarten to Gräter, dated
Wolgast, Sept. 16, 1791, Ueber Ossian, die Sean Dana u. s. w.

Sämmtliche Poetische Schriften von Joh. [_sic_!] Wilhelm von
Gerstenberg. III. Theil. Erste vollständige Ausgabe. Wien. pp. 1–173:
Minona, oder die Angelsachsen. Ein tragisches Melodrama in vier Akten.

    Unauthorized edition. Cf. 1785, and _infra_, pp. 52–3.

Harald oder der Kronenkrieg. Eine nordische Erzählung. 2 vols. Kaschau
in Ober–Hungarn.

    A novel in the Ossianic vein, reprinted in the Nordische Geschichten
    der Vorzeit, 1798.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 23, i, p. 173 (1796).

@1795.@ Ossians Gedichte, von Edmund von Harold in Prosa übersetzt.
Münster. Cf. _ibid._, 1775.

Ludewig Gottlieb Cromens Gedichte. Leipzig, pp. 44–53: Armyns Klagelied
an Kirmor. pp. 54–8: Fragment aus einem altschottischen Gedichte. Cf.
Unterhaltungen, 1767.

Geschichte des Glaubens an Unsterblichkeit, Auferstehung, Gericht und
Vergeltung von Christian Wilhelm Flügge. Leipzig. Vol. 2, pp. 149–210:
Sechster Abschnitt. Lehren und Meinungen der alten Caledonier über
Fortdauer nach dem Tode, nach Ossian und andern celtischen Gedichten.

    Numerous quotations are made from Denis’s translation, some quite
    lengthy, as _e. g._, pp. 172–3: Carric–Thura, p. 147, ll. 5–25, p.
    148, ll. 1–9. pp. 174–5: Fingal, Bk. ii, p. 227, l. 5–bottom. pp.
    176–7: The War of Caros, p. 191, l. 36–p. 192, l. 16. pp. 180–1:
    Temora, Bk. vii, beginning, p. 354–p. 355, l. 3. p. 187: Berrathon,
    p. 375, l. 22–bottom. There are also several quotations from the
    Galic Antiquities and from Macpherson’s and Blair’s Dissertations.
    On pp. 203–4 an extract from Gräter’s translation in the Nordische
    Blumen, pp. 371–2, Cath–Loda, Duan i, p. 130, ll. 20–30.

    REVIEW: Göttingische Bibl. der neuesten theologischen Literatur.
    Göttingen. Vol. 1, x, pp. 733–4 (1795).

Nachträge zu Sulzers allgemeiner Theorie der schönen Künste. 8 vols.
Leipzig, 1792–1808. Vol. 3, ii, pp. 237–52: Ueber die Celtischen Barden.
Nach Ossian, von Herrn W.N. Freudentheil.

    The full name of the author is Wilhelm Nicolaus Freudentheil,
    1771–1853. Cp. Vol. 8, 1808.

Die Horen eine Monatsschrift herausgegeben von Schiller. Vierter Band.
Tübingen. Zehntes Stück, pp. 86–107: Homer und Ossian. von Herder.

    A comparison of Homer and Ossian, contained on pp. 446–62 in Vol. 18
    of the Suphan edition, where on pp. 462–4 is given an extract from
    the first draft: (Homer und Ossian, Söhne der Zeit.)—A similar
    comparison, consisting of three academic polemics, had appeared
    1792–5 in Upsala: Gustav Rosen, Comparatio Homeri et Ossiani.

_Ibid._, Eilftes Stück, pp. 68–9, note: Characteristic of Ossian’s
poetry in Schiller’s essay Ueber das Naive.

_Ibid._, Zwölftes Stück, p. 24: Reference to Ossian in the paragraph on
Elegiac Poetry in Schiller’s essay Die sentimentalischen Dichter.

    These references to Ossian in the essay Ueber naive und
    sentimentalische Dichtung are contained on pp. 444, note, and 467 of
    Schillers sämmtliche Schriften, ed. Goedeke, Zehnter Theil,
    Aesthetische Schriften.

Johann Lane Buchanans ... Reisen durch die westlichen Hebriden, während
der Jahre 1782 bis 1790. Aus dem Englischen. Berlin.

    Quoted from by Herder in his essay in the Horen, 1795, x, pp. 104–7.

@1796.@ Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. iii, pp. 121–33: Englische
Hexameter. Von B.

    A review of an article in the Monthly Magazine, June, 1796,
    containing a hexameter transversion of Ossian’s Apostrophe to the
    Sun, Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end. The English transversion is
    repeated in the review on pp. 127–8 and preceded by a literal prose
    translation of the Apostrophe into German, pp. 126–7.—p. 129:
    Criticism of the English transversion. pp. 130–1: Denis’s
    translation of the passage, added for the sake of affording a
    comparison.

_Ibid._, iii, pp. 213–4: Notice of the Gaelic original of the poems of
Ossian about to be published.

Etwas über Caledonische und Scandinavische Dogmatik, mit Beziehung auf
die Aechtheit der Gedichte Ossians, von Christian Wilhelm Flügge.
Hannover.

    This treatise is mentioned by Gurlitt (1804) and elsewhere, but I
    have not been able to trace it.

Sketches of the History of Man. Considerably enlarged by the last
additions and corrections of the author. 4 vols. Basil. Vol. 1, pp.
315–72: Discussion of the Manners of the ancient Celts and
Scandinavians.

    Cf. German translation, 1774.

Allgemeiner Litterarischer Anzeiger. Leipzig. (July 15) p. 55, (Aug. 26)
pp. 189–90: Einige biographisch–litterarische Nachrichten von James
Macpherson, Esq.

Intelligenzblatt der Allgem. Literatur–Zeitung. No. 97, pp. 814–6:[11]
Notice of James Macpherson’s death, with a short discussion of the poems
of Ossian and the controversy they provoked.

_Ibid._, No. 146, pp. 1242–3: Notice of Hill’s French translation of the
Galic Antiquities: Les poëmes d’Ossian, Orran, Ullin, etc., 3 vols.
Paris, 1796, with references to Le Tourneur’s translation[12] and
Arnault’s[13] dramatization: Oscar, fils d’Ossian, tragédie en cinq
actes.

@1797.@ Englische Blätter. Herausgegeben von Ludwig Schubart. Erlangen.
pp. 1–20: Ossian. Proben aus Duffs Versuch etc. Vom Herausgeber. pp.
161–84: Ossian. (Beschluss.)

    A discussion of the characteristics of Ossian and his poetry in his
    character as an original genius; with numerous quotations. A note on
    pp. 181–3 contains a prose translation of Fingal’s battle with the
    Spirit of Loda, Carric–Thura, p. 147, l. 9–p. 148, l. 6.—Cp.
    _ibid._, 1798.

Zerstreute Blätter von J.G. Herder. Sechste Sammlung. Gotha. pp.
95–142: II. Das Land der Seelen. Ein Fragment.

    Pp. 111–29: ii. Celten, pp. 112–9: Translation of Berrathon, p. 380,
    l. 17–p. 382, end. pp. 119–25: Berrathon, beginning, p. 374–p. 376,
    l. 14. p. 128: The War of Inis–Thona, p. 205, ll. 7–11. Cf.
    Teutscher Merkur, 1782.

Friedrichs von Blankenburg Litterarische Zusätze zu Johann George
Sulzers allg. Theorie der schönen Künste. 3 vols. Leipzig, 1796–8. Vol.
2, pp. 484–6: Article on Ossian. Cp. Sulzer’s Theorie, 1774.

@1798.@ Neu–entdeckte Gedichte Ossians, übersetzt von Freiherr von
Harold. Zweite Auflage. Düsseldorf.

    1st ed. 1787, _q. v._—Ersch und Gruber, Encyklopädie, _sub_ Ossian
    (p. 429), has 1795.

Anthologie auf das Jahr 1782. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Schiller.
Stuttgart, pp. 112–4: Ossians Sonnengesang aus dem Gedichte Karthon. (In
Musik zu haben beim Herausgeber.) Von H.

    Cf. 1782. The poem is given on pp. 82–3 of Bülow’s ed. of the
    Anthologie, Heidelberg, 1850.

Englische Blätter. Herausgegeben von Ludwig Schubart. Vol. 8. Erlangen,
pp. 20–31: Der Krieg von Caros. Proben einer neuen Uebersezung Ossian’s.
Vom Herausgeber.

    Poetic prose translation, without argument or notes. The principles
    observed in the translation are laid down on pp. 16–19 in an article
    on the Geschichte der Uebersezkunst (pp. 1–19).

_Ibid._, Vol. 9, pp. 158–63: Proben aus dem Ossian II. Conlath und
Cuthona. pp. 165–85: III. Carricthura.

    Poetic prose translations by Schubart as above. Cp. also Der Neue
    Teutsche Merkur, 1799, and his translation, 1808.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. ii, pp. 343–58: Ueber Ossian und den
Karakter der Schottischen Hochländer, von James Macdonald. pp. 343–6:
Introduction by Böttiger.

_Ibid._, ii, pp. 178–9: Letter—dated Oxford, April 25, 1798—from James
Macdonald to the editor in reference to the forthcoming edition of the
Gaelic originals of Ossian.

Nordische Geschichten der Vorzeit. Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1. u. 2.
Theil—Harald oder der Kronenkrieg. Cf. 1794.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 57, i, pp. 93–4 (1801).

@1799.@ Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar, ii, pp. 130–50: Proben aus dem
Ossian, von Ludwig Schubart.

    A rhythmic prose rendering of Carthon, numbered IV. Cp. Englische
    Blätter, 1798.

Deutsche Monatsschrift. Leipzig, iii, pp. 104–6: Malvina. Nach Ossian.

    A metrical translation of Malvina’s Lament over the Death of Oscar,
    beginning of Croma, p. 177–p. 178, l. 9. The translation is one of a
    collection of poems entitled Phantasien, by Ch——, pp. 81–115.

Vindiciae Antiquitatis Carminum Ossiani. Disputatio Historico–Critica.
Carolus Henricus Schundenius. Vitebergae.

Le Réveil, ouvrage périodique, moral et littéraire. Dans le genre
anglais. Par M. de R.M. A Hambourg. No. 3, pp. 143–60: Observations sur
les anciens Scandinaves, et sur les Poëmes d’Ossian. Par J. M——é.

_Ibid._, No. 4, pp. 222–41: Observations sur les Poëmes d’Ossian. Par J.
M——é.

    NOTICE: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 55, i, p. 247 (1800).

B. Faujas–Saint Fond Reise durch England, Schottland und die Hebriden
... aus dem Französischen übersetzt ... vermehrt von C. R. W. Wiedemann.
2 vols. Göttingen, pp. v–xvi: [James] Macdonalds Urtheil über diese
Reisebeschreibung, nebst einigen Bemerkungen über Ossian und die
Hochländer. (pp. vii–xii: Ossian.)

    The original appeared at Paris in 1797 and was noticed in the
    Intelligenzblatt der allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1798, No. 7, p. 56. (A
    notice of the forthcoming Gaelic original is also given here.) The
    original and the translation were reviewed in the Gött. gel. Anz.,
    1799, iii, pp. 1507–12.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. iii, pp. 40–1: Ossian.

    A poem in praise of Ossian sent to the editor anonymously. The
    verses pay a glowing tribute to the boldness and tenderness of
    Ossian’s poetry.

@1800.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Rhythmisch übersetzt von J. G. Rhode. 3
Theile. Mit Vignetten und Titelkupfer. Berlin.

    The author is Johann Gottlieb Rhode, 1762–1827. Reprint, 1801; 2d
    ed. 1817–8.

    NOTICES: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 66, ii, p. 350 (1801).

    Briefe an ein Frauenzimmer ..., herausgegeben von G. Merkel. Vol. 2,
    Berlin, 1801, pp. 493–4.

Ossian’s Fingal. Von Wilhelm Schröder. Erlangen.

    A prose translation with arguments and scattered notes.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1801, iii, pp. 700–4.

    Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 66, ii, pp. 349–50 (1801).

Berrathon. Ein Gedicht Ossians. Metrisch übersezt von J. H. Kistemaker.
Münster.

    The full name of the translator is Johann Hyacinth Kistemaker,
    1754–1834; he was a Catholic theologian.—Vorrede, vii pp. Argument,
    pp. 1–7. pp. 2–3 note: Translation in iambic pentameters of the end
    of The Songs of Selma, p. 213, last line–p. 214. pp. 8–28: Iambic
    and trochaic translation of Berrathon. pp. 29–30: Argument of
    Carril’s Address to the Rising Sun, Temora, Bk. ii (p. 324); pp.
    31–2: Translation of same. pp. 33–48: Notes.—Ersch u. Gruber,
    Encyklopädie, _sub_ Ossian (p. 429), has Berenthon.

    REVIEW: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1802, iii, p. 48.

Neue Lausizische Monatsschrift. Herausgegeben von der Oberlausizischen
Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften. Görliz. i, pp. 403–4: Ossians Gesang an
die Sonne. Aus dem Gedichte Karthon übersezt. Von Guido von Lilienfeld.

    Translation in iambic pentameters of Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164,
    end.

Erholungen. Herausgegeben von W. G. Becker. Leipzig, ii, pp. 282–4:
Homer, Ossian, Ramler und Rabener. von Kretschmann.

    An imaginary conversation between these worthies in the realms of
    the dead.

Sebaldi Fulconis Joh. Ravii Orationes Duae ... Altera de Poeticae
Facultatis Excellentia et Perfectione Spectata in Tribus Poëtarum
Principibus, Scriptore Jobi, Homero et Ossiano. Lugduni Batavorum.

Der arme Görge vom Verfasser des Erasmus Schleicher. Leipzig, pp.
178–82: Ryno, der Barde, an Furas Hügel.

    The author is Carl Gottlob Cramer, 1758–1817. The poem is
    interesting chiefly for its close imitation of Ossianic
    nature–description; the names (Anira, Arindal, Ryno, Salgar, Selma)
    are borrowed from Ossian.

Bergisches Taschenbuch für 1800. Zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung.
Herausgegeben von W. Aschenberg. Düsseldorf. pp. 150–60: Selama, eine
neu entdeckte, köstliche Reliquie Ossians von Edmund Freiherrn von
Harold, kurpfalzbaierischen Generalmajor. Mit 3 Kupfern.

    An imitation of Ossian in rhythmic prose, in the same style as von
    Harold’s other work in this field. Cp. _ibid._, 1801–2, etc.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 57, i, pp. 234–6 (1801).

Englische Miscellen. Tübingen. Vol. 1, pp. 181–2: Notice of the Gaelic
originals of the Poems of Ossian to be published by the Highland Society
of London.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. ii, p. 257: Similar notice. Also a
notice of Malcolm Laing’s Dissertation appended to his History of
Scotland, 2 vols., London, 1800.

Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen. Gotha. p. 840: Notice of poems by Ossian
and other Celtic bards in the original in the possession of one Macnab.

Bragur. Herausgegeben von F. D. Gräter. Vol. 6, ii, pp. 231–53:
Altteutsche Bardenliteratur. Von Gräter.

    An appeal to search for the songs of the German bards, wherein
    frequent allusions are made to the poems of Ossian.

@1801.@ The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq. 4
vols. A new Edition. [With 4 cuts.] Vienna.

    Macpherson’s notes are given at the end of each volume. Vol. 4
    contains Macpherson’s Dissertations on the Aera and on the Poems of
    Ossian, as well as Dr. Blair’s Critical Dissertation.

Ossian’s Gedichte. Rhythmisch übersetzt von J. G. Rhode. 3 Theile. Prag.

    Reprint of the first edition of 1800, _q. v._

Comala. Ein dramatisches Gedicht von Ossian, übersetzt von J. F. Ludwig.
Königsberg.

    Blank verse translation of Comala (Heinsius, Bücher–Lexikon, has
    Camilla), mostly in iambic measure. The translation is preceded by a
    poem consisting of three eight–line stanzas An Ossian’s Geist, an
    appeal by the poet for assistance from the bard. pp. 26–31: Notes.

    REVIEW: Leipziger Jahrbuch der neuesten Literatur, 1801, i, p. 515.

Erholungen. Herausgegeben von W. G. Becker. Leipzig. iv, pp. 173–96:
Berrathon, Ossians letzter Gesang. Von Gustav Scholz.

    Rhythmic prose translation of Berrathon, with notes (pp. 191–6). pp.
    193–6: Poetic translation of Minvana’s Lament over Ryno, contained
    in Macpherson’s notes to Berrathon.

Oster Taschenbuch von Weimar, auf das Jahr 1801. Herausgegeben von
Seckendorf. Weimar, pp. 263–77: Der Tod Oskars. Aus dem ersten Gesang
von Ossians Temora: Von S.

    Rhythmic prose translation by Karl Siegmund Freiherr von
    Seckendorff, 1744–85, of Temora, Bk. i, p. 308, l. 7–p. 311, l. 30.
    Cp. _sub_ Music, _infra_, p. 64.

    REVIEWS: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 62, ii, pp. 539–41 (1801).

    Briefe an ein Frauenzimmer ..., herausgegeben von G. Merkel. Vol. 2.
    Berlin, 1801. pp. 491–3.

Blumen. Von Ludwig Theoboul Kosegarten. Berlin. pp. 37–76: Tura, ein
Gesang des Ossian.—pp. 137–8: Fragment.—pp. 139–71: Finan und Lorma.
Ein Gesang des Ossian.—pp. 209–12: Des Barden Abschied. Fragment.—pp.
213–24: Umad und sein Hund. Episode eines grösseren Gesanges.

    Translations from the Sean Dana (cf. Gallische Alterthümer, 1781) by
    Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten, 1758–1818. Cp. Works, 1812, and Thomas
    Garnett’s Reise, 1802. The first and third are prose translations,
    the second and fourth are in blank trochaic pentameters, and the
    last is a prose translation with occasional passages in trochaic
    pentameters.

_Ibid._, pp. 181–9: Ekloge.

    Translated in rhythmic prose from a poem by John Logan (or Michael
    Bruce), the spirit of which is intensely Ossianic. This translation
    appeared first in the Bergisches Taschenbuch, 1800, pp. 195–9, under
    the title Salgar und Mora.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 76, i, pp. 82–3 (1803).

Bergisches Taschenbuch zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung, auf das Jahr
1801. Düsseldorf. pp. 268–82: Finmara, eine alte celtische Reliquie. Von
Frhr. von Harold, Generalmajor.

    A rhythmic prose imitation of Macpherson’s Ossian. Cp. _ibid._, 1800
    and 1802. It is entitled Finmara, not Timara, as Nicolai, 1877, p.
    157, nor Fimara, as Gurlitt, April 9, 1802, p. 9.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 58, ii, pp. 536–7 (1801).

Flora. Neunter Jahrgang. Tübingen. iii, pp. 39–42: Celtische Gedichte.
Nach dem Französchen. pp. 39–40: Comanna. pp. 40–42: Der Barde.

    Two imitations of Ossian, translated in prose by Johann Friedrich
    Butenschön, 1764–1842.

Intelligenzblatt der Allg. Lit.–Zeitung. No. 92, pp. 739–42: Notice of
the death of Dr. Hugh Blair (cf. 1785), with references to his Critical
Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian.

_Ibid._, No. 123, p. 985: Notice of French translations.

_Ibid._, No. 158, p. 1275: Notice of Spanish translation (Montengon).

Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen, p. 96, and Der Neue Teutsche Merkur,
Weimar, i, pp. 152–3: Notices of the Gaelic originals to be published by
the Highland Society.

Michael’s Denis Literarischer Nachlass. Herausgegeben von Joseph
Friedrich Freyherrn von Retzer. 2 vols. Wien, 1801–2. Vol. 1, pp. 94–8:
Das Orakel der Deutschen.

    Appeared originally in Gemmingen’s Magazin für Wissenschaften und
    Litteratur, 1785, _q. v._

@1802.@ Handbuch der englischen Sprache und Literatur, oder Auswahl
interessanter chronologisch geordneter Stücke aus den klassischen
englischen Prosaisten und Dichtern. Nebst Nachrichten von den Verfassern
und ihren Werken. von H. Nolte und L. Ideler. Poetischer Theil. Neue
Auflage. Berlin. pp. 499–503: Macpherson. pp. 503–4: Morna. pp. 505–6:
Comal und Galvina. pp. 506–13: The Songs of Selma.

    Morna is an extract from Fingal, Bk. i, p. 219, l. 12–p. 220, l. 28,
    Comal and Galvina from Fingal, Bk. ii, p. 234, l. 9–p. 235,
    end.—The authors are J. W. H. Nolte and Christian Ludwig Ideler
    (1766–1846). The first edition does not contain the extracts from
    Ossian. 3d ed. 1811, 4th ed. 1832, _q. v._

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 77, i, pp. 212–4 (1803).

Ankündigung einiger Abschieds–Reden durch Christ. Wilhelm Ahlwardt.
Voran Ossians Karthon, metrisch übersetzt; ein Versuch. Oldenburg.

    A hexameter translation of Carthon by Christian Wilhelm Ahlwardt,
    1760–1830. Cf. Translation, 1811.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1863, i, pp. 215–6.

    Gothaische gelehrte Zeitungen, 1802, pp. 910–1.

Gottfried August Bürger’s vermischte Schriften. Herausgegeben von Karl
Reinhard. Zweiter Theil. Göttingen. (Vol. 4) pp. 175–240: Proben einer
Übersetzung von Ossian’s Gedichten.

    Pp. 177–204: Karrik–Thura. Ein Gedicht. (Cf. Deutsches Museum,
    1779). pp. 205–14: Komala. Ein dramatisches Gedicht (Aus der
    Handschrift). pp. 215–40: Kath–Loda. Ein Gedicht (Aus der
    Handschrift). All three specimens are in rhythmic prose. In
    Reinhard’s edition of the Sämmtliche Werke, they are found on pp.
    95–144, Vol. 4, Hamburg, 1816, and on pp. 107–60, Vol. 5, Berlin,
    1823. For reprints and other editions, cf. Goedeke’s Grundriss, 2d
    ed., Vol. 4, p. 392.—For August Wilhelm von Schlegel’s opinion of
    Ossian as expressed in connection with a notice of Bürger’s Proben,
    cf. Schlegel’s Sämmtliche Werke, ed. Böcking, Vol. 8, Leipzig, 1846,
    pp. 134–5, and cp. Friedrich Schlegels Briefe an seinen Bruder
    August Wilhelm, herausgegeben von Dr. Oskar F. Walzel, Berlin, 1890,
    p. 466.

Caledonia. Von der Verfasserin der Sommerstunden. 4 vols. Hamburg,
1802–4.

    The author is Emilie von Berlepsch (Harmes), 1757–1830. The first
    two volumes (1802) contain frequent allusions to Ossianic scenery,
    _e. g._, Vol. 2, pp. 189, 233–6, etc., references to his poems with
    several extracts in her own translation, etc. Vol. 2, pp. 190–202:
    Translation of Dar–Thula, p. 286, l. 2–p. 289, l. 4; pp. 251–4:
    Fingal, Bk. iii, p. 244, l. 19–end; pp. 254–6: The Songs of Selma,
    p. 214, ll. 2–10; pp. 256–61; Berrathon, p. 380, l. 20–p. 382, end,
    in extracts; p. 263: The War of Inis–Thona, p. 203, ll. 1–5; pp.
    266–9: Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end. The translations are made
    in “einem metrisch freien doch cadencirten Parallelismus.” Cf. Vol.
    3, 1803.

    REVIEW: (Vols. 1 and 2) Gött. gel. Anzeigen, 1803, i, pp. 219–24.

Adrastea. Herausgegeben von J.G. v. Herder. 6 vols. Leipzig, 1801–3.
Vol. 4, i, pp. 101–6: Ein Gespräch zwischen dem bejahrten Ossian und St.
Patrik. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt.

    Meyer’s translation with several changes by Herder; cf. Spiele des
    Witzes und der Phantasie, 1793. The variants are noted in Herder’s
    Works, ed. Suphan, Vol. 24, pp. 38–42.

Sulmora Tochter Cuthullins. Ein Drama in fünf Aufzügen. Nach Ossian
bearbeitet vom Generalmajor Edm. Freiherrn von Harold. Düsseldorf.

    A long prose drama (93 pp.) in line with von Harold’s other examples
    of Ossianic work. Cf. _infra_.

    REVIEW: Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1802, ii, pp. 2026–7.

Bergisches Taschenbuch ... auf das Jahr 1802. Düsseldorf. pp. 207–26:
Musana, oder der Wehmuthsgesang; eine ersische Reliquie. Von Frhr. von
Harold, Generalmajor.

    Rhythmic prose imitation. Cp. _ibid._, 1800, and _supra_.

Über Ossian. (Programm) Von Johann Gurlitt. Magdeburg. (April 9.)

    Pp. 3–8: Geschichte der Ausgaben, Uebersetzungen und Nachahmungen
    Ossians; pp. 8–12: Sammlungen Ossianischer und anderer Celtischer
    Gedichte nach der Macphersonschen; pp. 12–21: Streit über Aechtheit
    der Ossianischen Gedichte; pp. 26–7: Schriften zur Erläuterung und
    Beurtheilung des Ossian. pp. 28–9: Programm der Redeübung; No. 5 (p.
    28): Ossian’s Bosmina.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1802, iii, pp. 31–2.

    Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen, 1802, ii, p. 880.

    Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 73, ii, pp. 317–8 (1802).

Über Ossian. Erster Abschnitt. (Programm von) Johann Gurlitt. Hamburg.
(Nov. 9.)

    Pp. 3–32: Charakteristik Ossians, mit Hinsichten auf Homer, pp.
    33–6: Zusätze zu dem zweiten Programm über Ossian. The author is
    Johannes Gottfried Gurlitt, 1754–1827. Cp. 1803–5.

    REVIEWS: Göttingische gel. Anz., 1803, ii, p. 952.

    Neue Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1803, i, pp. 639–40.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. iii, pp. 153–6: Ueber die Aechtheit
der ersischen Gesänge und besonders der Lieder Ossian’s.

    A letter from a correspondent in Edinburgh, dated Sept. 13, 1802, in
    which additional proofs of the authenticity are presented, based
    upon James Macdonald’s find of Gaelic MSS. in possession of Major
    Mac Lachan.

Englische Miscellen. Tübingen. Vol. 8, pp. 182–4; Intelligenzblatt der
Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, p. 1544: Notices of the proofs of the authenticity
of the poems of Ossian contained in Alexander Campbell’s Journey from
Edinburgh through parts of North Britain, etc., 2 vols., London.

    Gurlitt, Zwei Proben, 1803, p. 28, has MacDonald’s.

Thomas Garnett ... Reise durch die Schottischen Hochlande und einen
Theil der Hebriden. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt und mit Alexander
Campbells Abhandlung über die Dicht– und Tonkunst der Hochländer[14] wie
auch über die Aechtheit der dem Ossian zugeschriebenen Gesänge vermehrt
von Ludwig Theoboul Kosegarten. 2 vols. Lübeck und Leipzig.

    Translation by Kosegarten (cp. Blumen, 1801, Dichtungen, 1812) of
    Observations on a Tour through the Highlands and Part of the Western
    Isles of Scotland.... In Two Volumes. By T. Garnett, M.D., London,
    1800.

Beschreibung derjenigen Kunstwerke, welche von der Königlichen Akademie
der bildenden Künste und mechanischen Wissenschaften in den Zimmern der
Akademie ... ausgestellt sind. Berlin. pp. 20–6: Prose translation of
Comala explanatory of a painting by Weitsch. Cf. _infra_, p. 65.

Brennus. Eine Zeitschrift für das nördliche Deutschland. Berlin.
December, pp. 631–2: Beschreibung und Würdigung der Comala, gemalt von
Weitsch. Cf. _supra_.

@1803.@ Zwei Proben von Uebersezungen aus Ossian, nebst Nachträgen zur
Ossianischen Literatur. (Programm von) Joh. Gurlitt. Hamburg.

    Pp. 1–8: Oithona, ein Gedicht des Ossian, übersezt von Herrn
    Birckenstädt, in Büzow. Translation in hexameters by Friedrich
    Birckenstädt.—pp. 9–24: Fingal. Erster Gesang; Probestück der
    Uebersezung des ganzen epischen Gedichts Fingal, von Herrn Doctor
    Neumann zu Meissen. Translation in hexameters (from Fingal, 1788) by
    Karl Georg Neumann, † 1850. (Cf. 1804–5 and 1838.)—pp. 25–7: Zusäze
    zu meinem Hamburgischen Programm über Ossian.—pp. 27–8: Zusäze zu
    den Uebersezungen des Ossian, welche in meinem Klosterbergischen
    Programm über die Literatur Ossians N. II. verzeichnet sind.—pp.
    28–32: Zusäze zum vierten Abschnitt meines Programmes über die
    Literatur Ossians S. 12 f. über die Aechtheit der Ossianischen
    Gedichte.—pp. 32–3: Zusaz zu § VI. des angeführten Programms, wo
    die Schottischen Reisebeschreibungen verzeichnet sind.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 91, ii, pp. 316–8 (1804).

    NOTICE: Gött. gel. Anzeigen, 1805, ii, p. 856.

Stichotvorenija Ossijana, syna Fingalova ... Najdennyja i izdannyja v
svêt G–nom Garoldom. Perevod s Nêmeckago. Moskva.

    A Russian prose translation of von Harold’s Neuentdeckte Gedichte,
    1787.

Caledonia. Von der Verfasserin der Sommerstunden. Vol. 3. pp. 123–54:
Die Schlacht von Lora.

    Translation of The Battle of Lora, addressed to the Tochter des
    fernen Landes, not to the son of the distant land as in the
    original. Cf. Vols. 1 and 2, 1802.

    REVIEWS: (Vols. 3 and 4) Gött. gel. Anz., 1804, ii, pp. 1209–14.

    (Vols. 1–4) Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1804, ii, pp. 325–8.

Eudora. Band 1. Leipzig. No. 8. Comala, ein dramatisches Gedicht nach
Ossian. Von Ludwig von Gohren.

    Mentioned by Gurlitt; not to be found.

Adrastea. Herausgegeben von J. G. v. Herder. Leipzig. Vol. 5, ii, pp.
340–8: Vom Funde der Gesänge Ossians. pp. 349–56: Beilage. Volkssagen
über Ossian, von einem gelehrten Hochländer.

    The latter, by James Macdonald, with particular reference to the
    religion of Ossian. These selections are found on pp. 301–11 in Vol.
    24 of the Suphan ed. of Herder’s Works.

Adrastea von J. G. v. Herder. Hgbn von dessen ältestem Sohn D. W. G. v.
Herder. Vol. 6, ii, pp. 305–25: Ossians letzter Gesang. Von v. Knebel.

    A prose translation of Berrathon by Karl Ludwig von Knebel,
    1744–1834.

Englische Miscellen. Tübingen. Vol. 12, pp. 45–6: Notice of the Gaelic
original, translated literally from the Monthly Magazine, June, 1803.

_Ibid._, pp. 108–9: Notice of the death of John Mackenzie and of the
consequent delay in the publication of the Gaelic original.

Magazin für Religions– Moral– und Kirchengeschichte. Herausgegeben von
D. Carl Fridrich Stäudlin. Vol. 2. Hannover. p. 211: Notice of Malcolm
Laing’s Critical Dissertation. Cf. Merkur, 1800.

Zeitung für die elegante Welt, pp. 68–71: Criticism of Weitsch’s
painting Comala by August Wilhelm von Schlegel in his article Ueber die
Berlinische Kunstausstellung von 1802.

    Cf. _supra_, p. 43, and _infra_, p. 65. Cp. Schlegel’s Works, Vol.
    9, Leipzig, 1846, pp. 175–7.

@1804.@ Ossians Gedichte. Rhythmisch übersetzt von J. G. Rhode. 3 Bände
mit Kupfern. Reprint, cf. 1800.

Ossians Fingal, zweiter und dritter Gesang, verdeutscht von Herrn D.
Neumann. Nebst Nachträgen zur Ossianischen Literatur. (Programm von) J.
Gurlitt. Hamburg.

    Pp. 1–24: Hexameter translation. pp. 25–35: Zusäze. Cp. Zwei Proben,
    1803.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 100, ii, pp. 313–6 (1805)
    and Vol. 101, ii, pp. 266–7 (1805).

    NOTICE: Gött. gel. Anzeigen, 1805, ii, p. 856.

Irene. Eine Monatsschrift, herausgegeben von G. A. von Halem. Münster.
i, pp. 124–43: Die Lieder von Selma. Ein Gedicht Ossians.

    A blank verse translation by Karl Curths.

_Ibid._, ii, pp. 1–30: Ossians Berrathon. pp. 81–113: Ossians Carthon.

    Two translations in blank verse by von Halem. Cp. Poesie und Prose,
    1789.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 104, ii, pp. 238–40 (1805).

Lyrische Anthologie. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Matthisson. 20 vols.
Zürich, 1803–7. Vol. 7, pp. 93–101: Armyns Klagelied. Von Crome.—Vol.
8, pp. 96–8: Dauras Trauer. Von Siegmund Freiherr von Seckendorf.

    For the former cf. Unterhaltungen, 1767, for the latter _infra_, p.
    64. Another edition of the Anthologie appeared about the same time.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar, i, p. 233, iii, pp. 77–9: Advance
notices of the Report of the Committee of the Highland Society of
Scotland, 1805. (Cf. Engl. Bibliography.)

Intelligenzblatt der Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, No. 147, p. 1191: Notice of
Jean–Joseph Taillasson’s (French) translation; No. 187, pp. 1507–8:
Notice of Arbaud de Jongues’s translation.

Leben und Liebe Ryno’s und seiner Schwester Minona. Herausgegeben von
Oscar. 2 vols. Züllichau und Freystadt. 1804–5.

    A story by Johann Friedrich Kind, 1768–1843. pp. 19–20: Account of a
    Society called “die Schule Ossians,” the members of which give
    themselves Ossianic names.

@1805.@ The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq. In
three volumes. Leipzick.

    Macpherson’s two dissertations and Dr. Blair’s Critical Dissertation
    are given at the end of the third volume.

    REVIEW: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1806, iv, p. 344.

Ossians Fingal, vierter, fünfter und sechster Gesang, übersezt von Herrn
Dr. Neumann. Mit Anmerkungen und Literatur–Nachträgen. (Programm) von
Joh. Gurlitt. Hamburg.

    Pp. 1–34: Translation, pp. 35–7: Nachträge zur Ossianischen
    Literatur. Cp. Zwei Proben, 1803, also 1804.

    REVIEW: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 100, ii, pp. 313–6 (1805).

    NOTICE: Gött. gel. Anzeigen, 1805, ii, p. 856.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. i, pp. 258–63: Ossians letztes Lied.
Berrathon. Probe einer metrischen Uebersetzung. Von Reyer.

    Translation in rimed eight–line stanzas of the beginning of
    Berrathon, pp. 374–376, l. 24.

Erholungen. Herausgegeben von W. G. Becker. Leipzig. i, pp. 156–75:
Karrikthura. Eine altschottische Sage. Frei nach Ossian. Von C.
Schreiber.

    A free rendering in rhythmic prose of Carric–Thura, beginning to p.
    151, l. 2, by Christian Schreiber, 1781–1857. Cp. Taschenbuch, 1806.

Nordische Miszellen. Vierter Band. Hamburg. No. 45, pp. 289–93:
Fragmente aus den Gedichten von Ossian dem Sohne Fingals. Nach dem
Englischen des Herrn Macpherson ins Deutsche übersetzt von Friedrich
Leopold Grafen zu Stollberg.

    Pp. 289–91: Fingal, Bk. i, p. 218, l. 29–p. 220, l. 28. pp. 291–3:
    Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end. Specimens of the translation
    published in the following year, _q. v._

Irene. Eine Monatsschrift, herausgegeben von G. A. von Halem. Oldenburg.
iii, pp. 293–5: Orla’s Gattin. Von Luise Brachmann.

    A poetic imitation of an Ossianic lament based upon the episode of
    Orla, Fingal, Bk. v, pp. 254–6. Quatrains in tetrameters without
    rime. Reprinted in the Erholungen, 1807.

Englische Miscellen. Tübingen. Vol. 19, p. 51, pp. 108–9. Notices of the
Gaelic originals to be published by the Highland Society. p. 108:
Advance notice of Malcolm Laing’s edition of Ossian.—Vol. 20, pp.
100–1: Notice of the Dissertation on the Authenticity of the Poems of
Ossian to be included in the Gaelic original. pp. 125–53: Vergebliche
Bemühungen der Hochländisch–Schottischen Gesellschaft, die Originale des
Macphersonschen Ossians ausfindig zu machen.

    The last is an essay reviewing the Report of the Committee of the
    Highland Society and Malcolm Laing’s edition of the Poems of Ossian,
    Edinburgh and London, 1805.

Intelligenzblatt der Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, p. 1304: Notice of the Report
of the Committee of the Highland Society.

@1806.@ Die Gedichte von Ossian dem Sohne Fingals. Nach dem Englischen
des Herrn Macpherson ins Deutsche übersetzt von Friedrich Leopold Grafen
zu Stolberg. 3 vols. Hamburg.

    Two editions appeared simultaneously, one in 4^o, the other in 8^o.
    Perthes, the publisher, had given an order to the artist Philip Otto
    Runge (cf. _infra_, p. 65) to illustrate the translation. He in
    accordance therewith prepared the pictures and sketches mentioned
    below. There were to have been 100 illustrations in all, but
    Stolberg refused to have any and they were omitted. Cf. Nagler’s
    Künstler–Lexicon, Vol. 14, pp. 51–2. Runge seems to have been
    assisted by Gerat Hardorf. Cf. Gurlitt, 1805, p. 37.—Cp. specimens
    in the Nordische Miszellen, 1805. The translation is not rimed, but
    rhythmical. It contains neither dissertations nor introductory
    remarks, but at the end of each volume Verkürzte Anmerkungen des
    Herrn Macpherson nebst einigen des deutschen Übersetzers.

    REVIEWS: Jenaische Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1806, iv, pp. 345–50.

    Bibl. der redenden und bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Vol. 3, ii, pp.
    393–402 (1807).

    Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1808, i, pp. 177–81.

    Neue Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1808, iii, pp. 1345–57.

Erholungen. Leipzig. i, pp. 218–23: Fingals Kampf mit Loda. Aus dem
Ossian. Von St. Schütze.

    A poetic translation of Carric–Thura, pp. 147–8, by Johann Stephan
    Schütze, 1771–1839. Quatrains riming _abab_. Cp. Taschenbuch, 1808.

Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen. Hgbn von W. G. Becker. Leipzig.
pp. 296–8: Die Brüder. Ballade nach Ossian. Von C. Schreiber.

    A free rendering in rimed verse of the Episode of Colgorm and
    Strinadona, Cath–Loda, Duan ii, pp. 133–4.—Cp. Erholungen, 1805.

Aelteste Geschichte der Deutschen, ihrer Sprache und Litteratur, bis zur
Völkerwanderung. Von Johann Christoph Adelung. Leipzig. pp. 391–4:
Doubts thrown upon the authenticity of Ossian’s Poems. Cf. _infra_, p.
48.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. i, pp. 87–8: Daura’s Trost. Ballade
Von K. W. Justi.

    An imitation of Ossian by Karl Wilhelm Justi, 1767–1846.

_Ibid._, ii, pp. 31–52, 116–45: Ueber den Ossian. Von J. C. Adelung.

    An essay reviewing the controversy over the Poems of Ossian and
    disputing their authenticity. The life and customs of the ancient
    Caledonians are also discussed. Reprinted in Mithridates, 1809, _q.
    v._, and cp. _supra_.

Abend–Zeitung. Dresden. No. 10, pp. 37–8, No. 11, pp. 43–4, No. 12, pp.
46–7: Resultat der Untersuchungen über die Aechtheit Ossians. Von Hans
Dippoldt.

    A report of the reviews of the Report of the Committee of the
    Highland Society and of Laing’s edition of the Poems of Ossian
    (Edinburgh, 1805), contained in No. 12 of the Edinburgh Review for
    1805, by Hans Karl Dippoldt, 1782–1811.

_Ibid._, No. 58, pp. 231–2: Ueber die Aechtheit Ossians.

    An argument in favor of the non–authenticity which appeared
    anonymously.

Englische Miscellen. Tübingen. Vol. 22, p. 184: Advance notice of the
Gaelic original and of the Latin translation submitted to the Highland
Society by Sir John Sinclair.

Intelligenzblatt der Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, p. 372: Notice of the new
edition of Baour–Lormian’s French translation (1804).

@1807.@ English Library. Authors in Prose. Vols. XIV, XV, and XVI.
Containing The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq.
Gotha.

    The third volume contains Macpherson’s two dissertations and Dr.
    Blair’s Critical Dissertation.

Johann Gottfried von Herder’s sämmtliche Werke. Zur schönen Literatur
und Kunst. Achter Theil. Tübingen. Stimmen der Völker in Liedern.
Gesammelt, geordnet, zum Theil übersezt durch Johann Gottfried von
Herder. Neu herausgegeben durch Johann von Müller, pp. 1–44: Ueber
Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker, pp. 259–63: Fillans Erscheinung und
Fingals Schildklang. pp. 264–5: Erinnerung des Gesanges der Vorzeit. p.
266: Darthula’s Grabesgesang. Cf. Volkslieder, 1779.

Probe einer neuen Uebersetzung der Gedichte Ossian’s aus dem Gaelischen
Original. Von Christian Wilhelm Ahlwardt. [1760–1830.] Oldenburg.

    Pp. 3–18: Critical notice of the Gaelic original of the Poems of
    Ossian, London, 1807. pp. 19–44: Translation of Temora, Bk. vii,
    with copious notes. Cf. Translation, 1811.

    ADVANCE NOTICE: Intelligenzblatt der Jenaischen Allg. Lit.–Zeitung,
    1807, p. 648.

    REVIEWS: Morgenblatt für gebildete Stände, Tübingen. 1807, pp.
    1065–6, 1069–70.

    Nordische Miscellen, Hamburg, 1807, pp. 241–4: “Die ursprüngliche
    Gestalt der Ossianischen Gedichte.”

    Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1808, i, pp. 451–4.

    Jenaische Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1808, i, pp. 53–5.

    Neue Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1808, iii, pp. 1345–57.

Erholungen. Leipzig. iii, pp. 224–5: Die Klage um Orla. Nach dem Ossian.
Von Louise Brachmann.—Reprinted from Irene, 1805, _q. v._

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. Weimar. ii, p. 263: Notice of the Gaelic
original.

@1808.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Uebersetzt von Franz Wilhelm Jung. 3 vols.
Frankfurt am Main.

    Poetic translation. Vorerinnerung, an essay upon the authenticity,
    xxvi pp. No dissertations; notes at end of vols.

    REVIEWS: Jenaische Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1810, iv, pp. 561–76.

    Neue Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1808, iii, pp. 1345–57.

Die Gedichte Ossians neuverteutschet. Zweite Auflage. Tübingen.

    A mere reprint of the first edition (1782, _q. v._) without
    additions or corrections. The translator is J. W. Petersen.

    REVIEW: Jenaische Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1810, iv, pp. 596–8.

    NOTICE: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1810, iv, p. 992.

Ossian’s Gedichte. Nach Macpherson. Von Ludwig Schubart. 2 vols. Wien.

    Poetic prose translation by Ludwig Albrecht Schubart, 1765–1811, son
    of Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart. Introduction of liii pp.
    discussing the poetical value and authenticity of the poems, etc. No
    dissertations and very few notes. Cp. Englische Blätter, 1797–8,
    Neuer Teutscher Merkur, 1799. A second edition was published in
    1824.

Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen. Leipzig, pp. 271–7: Trennung und
Wiederkehr. Aus dem Ossian. Von St. Schütze.

    A free rendering of the episode of Shilric and Vinvela,
    Carric–Thura, pp. 144–5, in rimed tetrameters. Cp. Erholungen, 1806.

Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. iii, pp. 73–82: Ankündigung der ersten
Uebersetzung des ächten Ossians.

Allgemeine Literatur–Zeitung, ii, pp. 334–6.

Intelligenzblatt der Jenaischen Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, pp. 324–7: Advance
notices of Ahlwardt’s translation from the original Gaelic (1811, _q.
v._).

Nachträge zu Sulzers allgemeiner Theorie der schönen Künste. =
Charaktere der vornehmsten Dichter aller Nationen; ... von einer
Gesellschaft von Gelehrten. 8 vols. Leipzig, 1792–1808. Vol. 8, ii, pp.
384–414: Ossian und die Hebräischen Dichter. Von W. N. Freudentheil, Cf.
Nachträge, Vol. 3, 1795.

Reise durch Schottland, seine Inseln, Dänemark und einen Theil von
Deutschland. Aus der Englischen Handschrift übersetzt von D. W. Soltau.
3 vols. Leipzig.

    Translation of James Macdonald’s Journey, etc., by Dietrich Wilhelm
    Soltau, 1745–1827.—Vol. 2, pp. 190–223: An attempt to establish the
    authenticity of Macpherson’s Ossian, for an estimate of which cf.
    Der Neue Teutsche Merkur, 1808, iii, pp. 77–8.—pp. 216–7: German
    translation of Ossian’s Apostrophe to the Sun as recited in Gaelic
    by Hugh Macdonald. The original Gaelic version is given on pp.
    303–4.—The book also contains reflections on the times of Ossian,
    references to geographical localities connected with the bard, etc.

    REVIEWS: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1808, iii, pp. 729–42.

    Neue Leipziger Literaturzeitung, 1808, iii, pp. 1628–32.

@1809.@ Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. i, pp. 82–6: Ueber die neue
Uebersetzung Ossians von Hrn. Prof. Ahlwardt.

    A letter from Ahlwardt to the Editor, dated Oldenburg, Nov. 28,
    1808, with reference to his forthcoming translation.

Mithridates oder allgemeine Sprachenkunde ... von Johann Christoph
Adelung. 2 vols. Berlin. Vol. 2, Anhang, pp. 104–41: Über den Ossian.

    Reprinted from Der Neue Teutsche Merkur, 1806, _q. v._

    REVIEW: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1809, ii, p. 736.

@1810.@ Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. ii, pp. 18–64: Oisian’s Fionnghal.
Erster Gesang. Aus dem Gaelischen, im Sylbenmasse der Urschrift von C.
W. Ahlwardt.

    Pp. 18–9: Preface by B[öttiger]. pp. 46–64: Notes.

Pantheon. Eine Zeitschrift für Wissenschaft und Kunst. Leipzig. Vol. 2,
ii, pp. 246–82: Oisian’s Tighmora. Erster Gesang. Aus dem Gaelischen, im
Sylbenmasse des Originals, von C. W. Ahlwardt.

    Pp. 246–8: Argument; pp. 272–82: Notes.

Oisian’s Apostrophe an die Sonne, im Sylbenmasse des Originals.
(Programm) von Christian Wilhelm Ahlwardt. Oldenburg. 8 pp.

    Translation of Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end. The Gaelic
    original is given opposite, pp. 6–7: Notes.

Jenaische Allgemeine Literatur–Zeitung, iv, pp. 561–98: Review of
Jung’s, Petersen’s, and Schubart’s Translations (1808).

Geschichte der Poesie und Beredsamkeit seit dem Ende des dreizehnten
Jahrhunderts. Von Friedrich Bouterwek. 12 vols. Göttingen, 1801–19. Vol.
8, pp. 370–3: Macpherson’s Ossianische Gedichte.

    Discusses chiefly the authenticity of the poems. Cp. Deutsches
    Museum, 1788.

@1811.@ Die Gedichte Ossian’s. Aus dem Gaelischen im Sylbenmasse des
Originals von Christian Wilhelm Ahlwardt. 3 vols. Leipzig.

    The translation was made from the Gaelic original and not from
    Sinclair’s Latin Interlinear version, as stated in Meyer’s
    Konversations–Lexikon, _sub_ Ossian.—Cf. _infra_, pp. 74, 126.—A
    two volume edition appeared in the same year. Cp. 1839, 1840, 1846,
    1861.—for a criticism of compounds used by Ahlwardt, cf. Jacob
    Grimm, Kleinere Schriften, Vol. 6 (Berlin, 1882), pp. 71–2.

    REVIEW: Leipziger Literatur–Zeitung, 1812, i, pp. 569–83.

Über Oisian’s Fionnghal G[esang] i. v. 7–33. (Programm) von Christian
Wilhelm Ahlwardt. Oldenburg. 8 pp.

    P. 3: Introduction, pp. 4–7: On opposite pages the Gaelic original
    of Fingal, Bk. i, ll. 7–33, as given in the London edition of the
    original (1807) and the later recast of the bards as given on p. 190
    of the Report of the Committee of the Highland Society (1805). A
    literal translation into German of both texts is given at the foot.

Handbuch der Englischen Sprache und Literatur ... von H. Nolte und L.
Ideler. Poetischer Theil. Dritte Auflage. Berlin.

    Pp. 531–6: Macpherson. pp. 536–7: Morna. pp. 538–9: Comal and
    Galvina. pp. 539–46: The Songs of Selma.—Cf. 2d ed., 1802; 4th ed.,
    1832.

German translation by ? Huber.

    In the Vorrede zur zweiten Ausgabe, Vol. 1, p. xiii, of Rhode’s
    Translation (1817), also in Talvj’s treatise (1840), p. 3, and
    elsewhere, mention is made of a translation by Huber, which I failed
    to discover.

[Über die Echtheit der Ossianischen Gedichte. Von Fink. Berlin.]

    Mentioned in Meyer’s Konversations–Lexikon, _sub_ Ossian, and
    elsewhere. The author’s name is Link and the treatise in question
    did not appear until 1843, _q. v._

@1812.@ Kosegarten’s Dichtungen. 8 vols. Greifswald, 1812–3. Vol. 4, pp.
145–89: Finan und Lorma. Ein Gesang des Ossian. pp. 190–200: Umad und
sein Hund. pp. 201–204: Des Barden Abschied, pp. 205–7: Fla’ Innis. Die
Insel der Seligen, pp. 208–10: Die Kilda–Klage. pp. 211–2: Ossian and
Malvina. pp. 213–31: Ossian’s letztes Lied.

    For the first three cf. Blumen, 1801; the sixth is given in the
    Blumen, pp. 137–8, under the title Fragment. The last is a free
    metrical translation of Berrathon, beginning, p. 374–p. 376, l. 19;
    p. 380, l. 17–p. 382, end.

Archiv für Geographie, Historie, Staats– und Kriegskunst. Dritter
Jahrgang. Wien. pp. 185–6: Ueber die Echtheit der Ossian’schen Gedichte.

    A short essay referring particularly to the Report of the Highland
    Society and to Graham’s Essay on the Authenticity of the Poems of
    Ossian (Edinburgh, 1807).

Deutsches Museum herausgegeben von Friedrich Schlegel. Wien. Vol. 1, pp.
162–94: Ueber nordische Dichtkunst. Ossian, Die Edda, Sigurd und
Shakspeare. Vom Herausgeber.

    Pp. 167–79: Discussion of the authenticity and era of the poems of
    Ossian. In Schlegel’s sämmtliche Werke, the essay is found on pp.
    65–108, Vol. 10 (Wien, 1825) of the first edition, and on pp. 51–82,
    Vol. 8 (Wien, 1846) of the second edition.

    REVIEW: Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1814, pp. 185–6.

@1814.@ Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen. iii, pp. 1833–7: Review of The
Poems of Ossian, in the original Gaelic ... London, 1807.

@1815.@ Gerstenbergs Vermischte Schriften von ihm selbst gesammelt und
mit Verbesserungen und Zusätzen herausgegeben in drei Bänden. Altona,
1815–6. Vol. 1, pp. 35–354: Minona oder die Angelsachsen. Ein Melodrama.

    Pp. 353–78: Anmerkungen zur Minona. Cf. 1785, 1794.

@1817.@ Minerva. Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1817. Leipzig. pp. 86–91:
Fingal und Agandekka. (Frei nach Ossian.) Von Buri. pp. 92–8:
Oina–Morul, das Mädchen der Insel. (Frei nach Ossian.) Von Buri.

    The first is a translation of Fingal, Bk. iii, p. 236, l. 6–p. 238,
    l. 5, the second of Oina–Morul. Both are by Christian Karl Ernst
    Wilhelm Buri, 1758–1820, in five–line (trochaic pentameter) stanzas.

Ergänzungsblätter zur Allgemeinen Literatur–Zeitung. pp. 305–10, 313–6:
Review of the Report of the Committee of the Highland Society, etc.,
1805.

@1817–8.@ Ossians Gedichte. Rhythmisch übersetzt von J. G. Rhode. Zweite
verbesserte Ausgabe. 3 Theile, mit Kupfern und Vignetten. Berlin.

    1st ed., 1800, _q. v._ Lowndes, Bibliographer’s Manual, London
    (Bohn), Part vi, _sub_ Ossian, p. 1738, has 1808.

    REVIEWS: Gött. gelehrte Anzeigen, 1818, i, p. 632.

    Ergänzungsblätter zur Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1819, iv, pp. 913–6.

@1817–9.@ Die Gedichte Ossians, neu übersezt und mit dem Englischen
Texte begleitet, von J. F. Arnauld de la Perière, Sekretär der
Königlichen Regierung zu Köln. 4 vols. Köln.

    Vorrede, Vol. 1, pp. ix–xii. English and German on opposite pages.
    To Vol. 1 is prefixed a translation of Macpherson’s first, to Vol. 2
    Macpherson’s second essay. Notes at the end of each poem. Metrical
    translation.

@1821.@ Gesammelte Werke der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold
Grafen zu Stolberg. 20 vols. Hamburg, 1820–5. Vol. 2, pp. 228–30:
Spätere Zueignung des Ossian an meinen Bruder.

    Friedrich Leopold’s dedication of his translation of Ossian, 1806.

@1822.@ Tales of Ossian for Use and Entertainment. Ein Lesebuch für
Anfänger in der englischen Sprache. Dritte verbesserte Auflage.
Nürnberg.

    1st ed., 1784, 2d ed., 1794, _q. v_. The long preface of the first
    and second editions is omitted. pp. 109–30: Appendix: 1. To the Sun.
    (Carthon, p. 163, l. 32–p. 164, end.) 2. To the Moon. (Dar–Thula,
    p. 278, beginning–p. 279, l. 13.) 3. To the evening star. (The
    Songs of Selma, p. 208, ll. 1–10.) 4. Colmar and Colmal. A Poem.
    (Calthon and Colmal.) By J. Balbach.

@1824.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Nach Macpherson. Von Ludwig Schubart. 2 vols.
Wien.

    1st ed., 1808, _q. v._ Ersch u. Gruber, Encyklopädie, _sub_ Ossian
    (p. 429), has 1822.

Minerva Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1824. Leipzig, pp. 277–310: Darthula,
nach Ossian, von Van der Velde. In vier Gesängen.

    Pp. 279–80: Three introductory stanzas opening with an invocation to
    the Muse of Ossian. pp. 280–310: Iambic pentameter translation of
    Dar–Thula, p. 281, l. 22–p. 289, end, by Karl Franz van der Velde,
    1779–1824.

Ceres. Originalien für Zerstreuung und Kunstgenuss. Zweyter Theil. Wien.
pp. 210–4: Das Mädchen von Selma. Nach Ossian. Von Freyh. von
Auffenberg.

    A servile imitation of Ossian in hexameters by Joseph Freiherr von
    Auffenberg, 1798–1857, written in Freiburg, 1819. In his Sämmtliche
    Werke, 20 vols., Siegen und Wiesbaden, 1843–4, the imitation is
    given on pp. 263–6 of Vol. 20.

@1825.@ Musenalmanach für das Jahr 1826. Herausgegeben von Julius
Curtius. Berlin. pp. 81–8: Ossian. Von J. Curtius.

    A servile imitation of Ossian, recounting the poet’s death, in
    irregular meters.

@1826.@ The Poems of Ossian. Translated by James Macpherson, Esq. In
Three Volumes. Leipzick. (Fleischer.)

    Vol. 3 contains Macpherson’s two dissertations, as well as Dr.
    Blair’s Critical Dissertation.

@1826–7.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Neu übersetzt. 3 Bändchen. Quedlinburg und
Leipzig. = Vols. 1–3 of the Bibliothek der Meisterwerke des Auslandes.
In neuen Uebersetzungen. In Verbindung mit Mehreren herausgegeben von L.
G. Förster. Bändchen 1–3. Quedlinburg und Leipzig.

    Metrical translation without rime, by Lebrecht Gotthilf Förster,
    1788–1846. No introduction, but an index of names at the end of Vol.
    3. Cf. _infra_.

@1827.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Neu übersetzt von L. G. Förster. 2 Theile.
Quedlinburg und Leipzig.

    Cf. _supra_. 2d ed., 1830. Neither introduction nor notes, but index
    of names at the end of Vol. 2.

@1828.@ Minerva Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1828. Leipzig. pp. 375–86:
Malvina. Weibliche Charakterschilderung von E. Münch.

    An enthusiastic character–sketch of Malvina, the daughter of Toscar,
    with several passages from the poems of Ossian quoted in German
    rhythmic prose. pp. 377–9: Croma, beginning, p. 177–p. 178, l. 21;
    pp. 379–80: The War of Caros, first (p. 188) and last (p. 193)
    paragraphs; pp. 380–1: Cathlin of Clutha, beginning, p. 194–p. 195,
    l. 2; pp. 381–2: Oina–Morul, beginning, p. 165, ll. 1–12; pp. 382–6:
    Berrathon, beginning, p. 374–p. 376, l. 14. The author is Ernst
    Hermann Joseph Münch, 1798–1841.

@[1829.]@ Fingal and other Poems of Ossian. (Campe’s Edition.) Nurnberg
and New York.

    Contains Fingal, The War of Caros, The War of Inis–Thona, The Battle
    of Lora, The Death of Cuthullin, Carthon, The Songs of Selma. No
    introduction.

@1830.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Neu übersetzt von L. G. Förster. 2 Theile.
Zweite Auflage. Quedlinburg und Leipzig. 1st ed. 1827, _q. v._

Allgemeine Unterhaltungsblätter für Verbreitung des Schönen, Guten und
Nützlichen. Münster und Hamm. October, No. 1, pp. 151–?: Ossian.

    A ballad in rimed eight–line stanzas by Ferdinand Freiligrath. Cf.
    Euphorion, 1895, E, pp. 126–9.

@1831.@ Pocket–Edition of the most eminent English authors of the
preceding century. Schneeberg. Vol. 5: The Works of Ossian. i, Fingal.

@1832.@ Handbuch der Englischen Sprache und Literatur, oder Auswahl
interessanter, chronologisch geordneter Stücke aus den Klassischen
Englischen Prosaisten und Dichtern ... von H. Nolte und L. Ideler.
Poetischer Theil. Vierte Auflage. Berlin.

    Not 1852, as given in the Allg. Deutsche Biog., Vol. 13, p. 743,
    _sub_ Ideler. 2d ed., 1802; 3d ed., 1811.—pp. 510–5: Macpherson.
    pp. 515–6: Morna. pp. 516–7: Comal and Galvina. pp. 518–25: The
    Songs of Selma.

@1834.@ The Poems of Ossian, translated by James Macpherson, Esq. To
which are prefixed, a preliminary Discourse and Dissertations on the
Aera and Poems of Ossian. A new Edition complete in one Volume. Leipsic.

    The preliminary discourse—signed “Berrathon”—gives an account of
    the renewal of the controversy over the genuineness of the poems,
    and considers the Report of the Committee of the Highland Society,
    Malcolm Laing’s edition of the Poems of Ossian (1805), and von
    Harold’s Poems of Ossian lately discover’d (1787).

@1835.@ Briefe an Johann Heinrich Merck von Göthe, Herder, Wieland und
andern bedeutenden Zeitgenossen ... herausgegeben von Dr. Karl Wagner.
Darmstadt. Von Herder (Strassburg, 28. Oct. 1770), p. 14; (Bückeburg,
Juli 1771), pp. 27–8: References to Ossian, with a literal translation
of a few verses from the end of Temora, Bk. vii, translated from the
Gaelic original.

Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste ... herausgegeben
von J. S. Ersch und J. G. Gruber. Dritte Section. Sechster Theil.
Leipzig. pp. 420–9: Ossian. Von Heinrich Döring.

    An article on the poems of Ossian and their authenticity, with
    several quotations from Ahlwardt’s translation (1811) and some
    bibliographical material.

@1838.@ Ossians kleine Gedichte übersetzt von Karl Georg Neumann.
Berlin.

    Translation of all the poems contained in the Tauchnitz edition with
    the exception of the epics. Goethe’s translation of The Songs of
    Selma as far as p. 210, l. 15, is inserted in place of the author’s.
    For Neumann’s translation of Fingal, cf. Gurlitt, 1803–5.

@1839.@ Die Gedichte Ossian’s. Aus dem Gälischen von Christian Wilhelm
Ahlwardt. Mit 3 Holzschnitten. 3 vols. Leipzig. Cf. 1811.

Ossians Gedichte. Rhythmisch bearbeitet von Ed. Brinckmeier. Mit
Titelbild. Braunschweig. Cp. 1883.

Lehrbuch einer Literärgeschichte der berühmtesten Völker des
Mittelalters ... Von Dr. Johann Georg Theodor Grässe. 1. Abtheilung, 1.
Hälfte. Dresden und Leipzig. pp. 407–12: Ossian.

@1840.@ The Poems of Ossian, translated by James Macpherson, Esq.
Authenticated, illustrated and explained, by Hugh Campbell, Esq. In Two
Volumes. Leipzig. Mit 2 Holzschnitten.

    Reprint of the text of Campbell’s (London, 1822) edition. Vol. 1
    contains Macpherson’s two dissertations, and Vol. 2 Dr. Blair’s
    Critical Dissertation.

Ossian’s Gedichte. Aus dem Gälischen im Sylbenmasse des Originals von C.
W. Ahlwardt. 2 vols. Neue Auflage mit 3 Holzschnitten. Taschen–Ausgabe.
Leipzig. Cf. 1811.

Miniaturbibliothek ausländischer Dichter. Eine Auswahl des Schönsten aus
ihren Werken. Mit einleitenden Biographien und literar–historischen
Anmerkungen. Vol. 2: Ossians Gedichte. Wehlau.

Die Unächtheit der Lieder Ossian’s und des Macpherson’schen Ossian’s
insbesondere. Von Talvj. Leipzig.

    An important collection of arguments in favor of the
    non–authenticity of Macpherson’s Ossian by Therese Adolfine Louise
    von Jacob (Mrs. Robinson), 1797–1870. Lösch, 1854, p. 102, has a
    misprint, 1849 for 1840.

    REVIEW: Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes, 1840, p. 528 (Nov.
    2).

@1841.@ Fingal, an epic Poem in six books. New edition. Leipzig.

    Kayser, Bücher–Lexicon, has “and epic Poems.”

@1842.@ Der Dichter Lenz und Friedericke von Sesenheim. Herausgeg. von
August Stöber. Basel. pp. 95–107: Goethes ursprüngliche Uebersetzung der
Ossianischen Gedichte von Selma. Cf. _supra_, p. 12.

@1843.@ Über die Echtheit der Ossianischen Gedichte. Von H. F. Link.
Berlin.

    An essay in favor of the authenticity by Heinrich Friedrich Link,
    1767–1851, directed chiefly against Drummond. Cf. 1811.

Neue Jenaische Allgemeine Literatur–Zeitung. Leipzig. i, pp. 109–19:
Review of The genuine Remains of Ossian, literally translated, with a
preliminary Dissertation; by Patrick Macgregor. Published under the
patronage of the Highland Society of London. London, 1841. By V. A.
Huber.

    A notice of same had appeared in this periodical, 1842, i, p. 50, in
    the Beilage zur Allg. Zeitung, Augsburg, 1841, p. 2666 (Nov. 30),
    and in the Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes, 1841, p. 548
    (Nov. 15).

@1846.@ Ossian’s Gedichte. Aus dem Gälischen von Christian Wilhelm
Ahlwardt. Leipzig.

    Popular edition in one volume; cp. 1861. 1st ed., 1811, _q. v._

Johann Gottfried von Herder’s Lebensbild. Sein chronologisch–geordneter
Briefwechsel ... Herausgegeben von seinem Sohne Dr. Emil Gottfried von
Herder. Erlangen. Vol. 2, pp. 18–20: Reference to Herder’s perusal of
Ossian at sea. (Cf. Haym, Herder, i, p. 355.)

_Ibid._, Vol. 3, i, pp. 152–3: Mingalen’s Elegie auf ihren Dargo. pp.
242–6: Scenen aus der Liebesgeschichte Uthal’s und Ninathoma’s. pp.
246–8: Lied Bragela’s nach ihrem Cuchullin. pp. 248–9: Translation of
Temora, Bk. iv, p. 334, l. 22, ll. 25–35.

    These metrical translations are not by Herder, but copied from
    Denis. The first is that of a poem given in Macpherson’s notes to
    Calthon and Colmal, the second of Berrathon, p. 377, l. 13–p. 378,
    l. 5, and p. 379, ll. 10–31 (with argument), the third of The Death
    of Cuthullin, p. 290, l. 5–p. 291, l. 4. On pp. 249–51 is given the
    passage from Temora mentioned above in the form of a bardic dialog.
    This is by Herder. On pp. 308–9, 327–8, there are references to
    poems from Ossian.

Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Geschichte. Herausgegeben von Dr. W. Adolf
Schmidt. 5. Band (der Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft). Berlin.
pp. 172–9: Macpherson’s Ossian. Von P. F. Stuhr.

    An essay against the age and authenticity of Macpherson’s poems by
    Peter Feddersen Stuhr, 1787–1851. The author announced some detailed
    inquiries into the subject, which were, however, never published.

@1847.@ The Poems of Ossian, Translated by James Macpherson, Esq. with
[Macpherson’s] Dissertations on the Aera and Poems of Ossian; and Dr.
Blair’s Critical Dissertation. Leipzig. = Vol. CXVI of the Collection of
British Authors. (Tauchnitz.)

Ossian deutsch von Adolf Böttger. [1816–70.] Leipzig.

    No introduction nor dissertations. Six pages of notes at the end.
    Metrical translation. Cf. 1852, 1856, 1877.

@1852.@ Ossian deutsch von Adolf Böttger. 2. (Titel–)Ausgabe. Leipzig.
Cf. _supra_.

@1853.@ Ausgewählte Gedichte Ossian’s, als Einleitung in das Studium der
Englischen Sprache. = Anmuthiger Weg zur Erlernung der Englischen
Sprache mit oder ohne Lehrer. Von dem Herausgeber des Auszuges aus Frau
von Staël’s Corinne. Braunschweig.

    Pp. 1–35: Das Wissenswürdigste aus der englischen Grammatik. pp.
    37–181: Auserlesene Gedichte Ossian’s mit leichtfasslicher
    Bezeichnung der Aussprache, wortgetreuer Uebersetzung, erläuternden
    Inhaltsanzeigen und kurzen erklärenden Anmerkungen. (pp. 39–42:
    Einleitung. Discussion of the appearance, authenticity, etc., of the
    poems.) The poems selected are The Songs of Selma, Carric–Thura,
    Lathmon, Berrathon, Oina–Morul, Croma, The War of Inis–Thona, The
    War of Caros, Dar–Thula and Oithona.

@1854.@ Album des literarischen Vereins in Nürnberg für 1854. Nürnberg.
pp. 98–130: Ueber den gälischen Dichter Ossian. Von Dr. E. Lösch.

    A popular essay, with numerous quotations. pp. 128–9: An die
    Morgensonne. pp. 129–30: An den Mond. p. 130: An den Abendstern.
    Herder’s translations. Cf. _supra_, p. 21.

Programm des Gymnasiums zu Lemgo für das Schuljahr 1853–1854 von Dr. H.
K. Brandes. 1. Abhandlung: Oisian und seine Welt, vom Prorektor Dr.
Clemen. Lemgo.

    General essay on the poems of Ossian. The author considers the poems
    genuine, being a disciple of Ahlwardt. pp. 15–21: Argument of
    Fingal. pp. 21–9: Remarks upon the poet. pp. 29–33: Ossian’s
    conception of the land of the Hereafter. Numerous quotations in
    Ahlwardt’s translation.

@1856.@ Ossian deutsch von Adolf Böttger. 2d ed. Leipzig. Cf. 1847.

Die Entwickelung der deutschen Poesie von Klopstock’s erstem Auftreten
bis zu Goethe’s Tode ... Von Johann Wilhelm Loebell. Braunschweig. Vol.
1, pp. 122–5: The poems of Ossian. pp. 272–311: Die Ossiansche Frage.

    Discusses the strife over the genuineness of the poems and their
    reception and fate in Germany.—pp. 311–9: Bardic poetry.

@1857.@ (Herrig’s) Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und
Literaturen. Vol. 22. Braunschweig. pp. 45–80, 296–402: Ueber Ossian.
Von Dr. Oswald.

    I. Begriffe von Gott und göttlichen Dingen. II. Kriegführung. III.
    Gastfreundschaft. IV. Die Jagd. V. Die Frauen. VI. Kämpfe mit
    Fremden. VII. Fehden. VIII. Fingal. IX. Ossian. X. Gleichnisse. XI.
    Die Gesänge.—Written from the view–point of a firm believer in the
    authenticity of the poems.

@1860.@ Jahrbuch für Romanische und Englische Literatur. Vol. 2. Berlin.
pp. 183–203: Das Neueste zur Ossian–Frage. Von Dr. H. J. Heller.

    The results obtained by Drummond and O’Reilly as laid down in Talvj
    (1840) are accepted on broad lines, but Dr. Heller would modify the
    conclusions in some particulars.

@1861.@ Die Gedichte Ossian’s. Aus dem Gälischen von Christian Wilhelm
Ahlwardt. [3 vols. in one.] Leipzig. (Göschen.)

    Popular edition in one volume, like 1846. (Deutsche
    Volks–Bibliothek. 3. Reihe.)

@1863.@ Ossian und die Fingal–Sage von Professor E. Waag. Mannheim. Als
Beilage zum Programm des Grossh. Lyceums in Mannheim von 1863.

    Pp. 5–12: Einleitung. General remarks on the appearance of the poems
    and the controversy over them. pp. 12–44: I. Ossian im
    Schimmerlichte der Dichtung. Taken up in large part with the story
    of the two epics, Fingal and Temora; with quotations. pp. 45–70: II.
    Ossian im Dämmerlichte der Sage, die da wandelt im Schatten der
    Geschichte. Waag’s remarks are based principally upon Talvj (1840).
    He is a non–believer in the authenticity. pp. 71–80: Anhang. 1.
    Denis. 2. Göthe. 3. Herder. 4. Schlegel. 5. Ahlwardt. 6. Ausgaben
    und Uebersetzungen des englischen, _i. e._, Macpherson’schen Ossian.
    7. Enderle von Ketsch. 8. Talvj. 9. Macpherson. 10. Dr. Oswald
    (1857). Only a few translations are mentioned under 6.

@1864.@ Berichte über die Verhandlungen des Freien Deutschen Hochstiftes
... zu Frankfurt a. M. Fünfter Jahrgang. Frankfurt a. M. pp. 76–83:
Ossian und seine Dichtungen. Von Friedlieb Rausch.

    A general review of the Ossian question, in which the unauthentic
    character of the poems is asserted.

@1867.@ Briefe von und an Klopstock ... herausgegeben von J. M.
Lappenberg. Braunschweig. pp. 164, 171–2, 210–1, 218, 226–7: References
to Ossian.

@1868.@ Ossian’s Finnghal. Episches Gedicht, aus dem Gälischen metrisch
und mit Beibehaltung des Reims übersetzt von Dr. August Ebrard. Nebst
einem Anhang: Ueber Alter und Echtheit von Ossian’s Gedichten. Leipzig.

    Pp. 1–123: Rimed translation, very few notes, pp. 124–54: Essay upon
    the authenticity. pp. 155–8: Register der Eigennamen zu ‘Finnghal.’

[@1869.@] Ossian’s Fingal. Episches Gedicht in sechs Gesängen. Aus dem
Englischen übersetzt von Reinhold Jachmann. Universal–Bibliothek
(Reclam’s) No. 168.

    Prose translation without notes or arguments.

Allgemeine Zeitung. Augsburg. Ausserordentliche Beilage, 29. Januar. Zur
Ossian–Frage. Erwiederung von Dr. Aug. Ebrard.

    An ironic reply to Die Unächtheit der Lieder Ossian’s ‘eines
    [_sic!_] gewissen Talvj’ (1840).

@1870.@ Handbuch der Mittelgälischen Sprache hauptsächlich Ossian’s.
Grammatik.—Lesestücke.—Wörterbuch. Von Dr. August Ebrard. Mit einem
Vorwort von Dr. G. Authenrieth. Wien. (305 pp.)

    With preface by the author, who believes firmly in the authenticity
    of the poems; cf. particularly pp. 3–4 and 303–4. Lesestücke
    (Gaelic): p. 212: Schilderung der Schlacht zwischen Cuchullin und
    Suaran. Fingal, Bk. i, p. 223, l. 24–p. 224, l. 2. pp. 213–4:
    Beschreibung des Wagens und der Rosse Cuchullin’s. Fingal, Bk. i, p.
    221, l. 23–p. 222, l. 10. pp. 214–7. Kampf Finnghal’s mit Odin.
    Carric–Thura, p. 146, l. 30–p. 148, l. 16.

    REVIEW: Literarisches Centralblatt, Leipzig, July 16, 1870.

[@1877.@] Ossian. Deutsch von Adolf Böttger. Dritte Ausgabe. Leipzig.
1st ed., 1847, _q. v._

(Herrig’s) Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen.
Vol. 58. Braunschweig. pp. 129–58: Ueber Ossian. Von A. F. Nicolai.

    An essay upon the era, home, and family of Ossian, his poems and his
    language, with an account of the Ossianic controversy and a history
    of the editions, translations, and imitations of Ossian, etc.

@1879.@ Verhandlungen der Dreiunddreissigsten Versammlung Deutscher
Philologen und Schulmänner in Gera. Leipzig. pp. 15–32: Die altirische
Sage und die Ossian–Frage.—Von Dr. E. Windisch.

    A French translation of this important exposition of the question
    appeared in the Revue Celtique, Vol. 5. Paris, 1881–3. pp. 70–93:
    L’ancienne légende irlandaise et les poésies ossianiques, par M. E.
    Windisch. (Traduit par Émile Ernault.)

Archiv für Litteraturgeschichte. Vol. 8. pp. 534–43: ‘Hektors Abschied’
und Ossian. Von Wilhelm Fielitz.

    An attempt to prove Schiller’s obligation to Ossian in Hektor’s
    Abschied, The Robbers, Act ii, 2. Cf. also Zeitschrift des Allg.
    Deutschen Sprachvereins, Vol. 15 (1900), p. 22: Notice of a lecture
    on Hektor und Andromache bei Homer, Schiller und Ossian, delivered
    by Prof. Fielitz at Breslau, Dec. 11, 1899.

[@1881.@] Ossian’s Temora. Ein Gedicht in acht Gesängen. Aus dem
Englischen übersetzt von Hermann von Suttner–Erenwin. Leipzig.
Universal–Bibliothek (Reclam’s) No. 1496.

    A prose translation with neither introduction nor notes, but an
    appendix: Erklärung einzelner in Temora vorkommender Namen.

[@1883.@] Ossians Gedichte In neuer Uebertragung von Eduard Brinckmeier.
2 vols. Stuttgart. Collection Spemann, Vols. 164–5.

    Metrical translation, scattered notes, pp. 7–18: Introductory
    preface. Cp. 1839.

@1884.@ Recensionen und Vermischte Aufsätze von Jacob Grimm. Vierter
Theil. (Kleinere Schriften, Vol. 7.) Berlin. pp. 537–43: Über Ossian.
Geschrieben 1863.

    The beginning of a book on Ossian planned by Grimm to establish the
    authenticity of the poems. A general account of the strife waged
    over the authenticity is given in the first chapter. What is given
    here is probably all that Grimm committed to writing. Cp. _loc.
    cit._, Vorwort, p. vi; Kleinere Schriften, Vol. 1 (1864), p. 186;
    Briefwechsel zwischen Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, Dahlmann und
    Gervinus. Hgbn von Ed. Ippel. 2 vols. Berlin, 1885–6. Vol. 2, pp.
    135–6.

@1892.@ Die Bardische Lyrik im achtzehnten Jahrhundert. (Dissertation)
Von Eugen Ehrmann. Halle a. S. Frequent allusions to Ossian’s influence,
_e. g._, pp. 9–11, 39–44, 47–55, 58–61, 87–8, 94–8.

    REVIEWS: Cf. Jahresberichte für neuere deutsche
    Litteraturgeschichte, 1893, iv, 2a. 28; 1894, iv, 2a, 59–60.

@1895.@ Mitteilungen aus der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts und
ihrer Geschichte. Ergänzungsheft zu Euphorion, Band 2. pp. 122–37:
Unbekanntes und Ungedrucktes von Ferdinand Freiligrath. Mitgeteilt von
Wilhelm Buchner in Eisenach.

    Pp. 126–9: Ossian. A ballad by Ferdinand Freiligrath, reprinted from
    the Allg. Unterhaltungsblätter, 1830, _q. v._

Zeitschrift für vergleichende Litteraturgeschichte. Neue Folge. Vol. 8.
Weimar. pp. 51–86, 143–74: Die ossianischen Heldenlieder. Von Ludwig
Chr. Stern.

    An interesting, up–to–date discussion of the question.

Theodor Hasselqvist, “Ossian” i den Svenska Dikten och Litteraturen.
Malmö. pp. 25–9: Ossiansångernas mottagande i Tyskland. pp. 30–1: Talvj.
p. 33: Windisch. pp. 34–8: H. Zimmer.

@1896.@ Ossian in der schönen Litteratur Englands bis 1832. Ein
Beitrag zur Englischen Litteraturgeschichte von Bruno Schnabel.
Inauguraldissertation. Erster Theil. Ossian in der schönen Litteratur
Englands bis 1832 mit Ausschluss der ‘Englischen Romantiker.’ München.

    Reprinted in the Englische Studien, Vol. 23 (1897), pp. 31–70.

Zeitschrift für vergleichende Litteraturgeschichte. N. F. Vol. 10.
Weimar. pp. 117–50, 385–418: Lenz’ Übersetzungen aus dem Englischen. Von
Karl H. Clarke. III. Die Ossian–Übersetzung. Pope—Yarrows Ufer. pp.
406–13: Ossian.

    Cf. Iris, 1775–6.

@1897.@ Englische Studien. Vol. 23. Leipzig. pp. 366–401: Ossian in der
schönen Litteratur Englands bis 1832. Ossian in der Dichtung der
sogenannten ‘Englischen Romantiker.’ Von Br. Schnabel. Cf. _supra_.


MUSIC.

Beschnitt, Johannes: Ossian.—Song for male chorus, text by W. Dunker.

Brahms, Johannes: Darthula’s Grabgesang. Op. 42, No. 3. Text by Herder
(cf. Volkslieder, 1779).

    Gesang aus Fingal, von Ossian.

Ditters von Dittersdorf, Karl: Das Mädchen von Cola, ein Gesang Ossians.
(Leipzig, 1795.) Review: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Anhang zum 1. bis
28. Bande, i, p. 204 (1797).

Gade, Niels Wilhelm: Nachklänge von Ossian. Ouvertüre für Orchester. Op.
1. (Won the prize offered by the Musical Society of Copenhagen in
1841). Für Militärmusik bearbeitet von Albert Thomas; für Pianoforte
und Violine arrangirt von Friedrich Hermann; etc.

    Comala. Dramatisches Gedicht nach Ossian. Op. 12. A cantata for
    soli, chorus and orchestra. Translated into English by J. C. D.
    Parker, Dwight’s Journal of Music, 1877.

Gottschalk, Louis Moreau: Marsch der Geister Ossians. (Marche de Nuit.)
Op. 17.

Kastner, Johann Georg: Oskar’s Tod, grosse Oper in vier Akten.
(Strassburg, 1833.) Subject from Temora, Bk. i, pp. 308–11 (not from
Fingal, as stated in Riemann’s Opern Handbuch).

Kunzen, Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius: Ossians Harfe. An opera composed for
the Danish stage in 1799. Text by Jens Baggesen.

Löwe, Johann Carl Gottfried: Gesang Ossians. Alpin’s Klage um Morar. Op.
94. From The Songs of Selma, p. 210, last l.–p. 211, l. 34.

Mendelssohn–Bartholdy, Felix: Fingal’s Höhle. Ouverture.

Reichardt, Johann Friedrich: Lieder der Liebe und Einsamkeit. 2. Theil.
Leipzig, 1804. Contains a few Ossianic songs. Cf. Gurlitt, 1805.

Schubert, Franz: Ossians Gesänge für eine Singstimme mit Begleitung des
Piano–Forte. A number of Ossianic songs with the following titles: Die
Nacht. Cronnan. Kolma’s Klage. Loda’s Gespenst. Shilric und Vinvela. Der
Tod Oscars. Ossian’s Lied nach dem Falle Nathos’. Das Mädchen von
Inistore.

Seckendorff, Karl Siegmund Freiherr von: Darthulas Grabesgesang. Text by
Herder (cf. Volkslieder, 1779). Cf. Volks– und andere Lieder, ... In
Musik gesetzt von Siegmund Freyherrn von Seckendorff. Dritte Sammlung.
Dessau, 1782, pp. 26–31.

    Dauras Trauer. Text in rimed quatrains by Seckendorff. Cf. _op.
    cit._, Vol. 1, Weimar, 1779, pp. 12–4, and cp. _supra_, p. 45.

Weber, Bernhard Anselm: Sulmalla, ein lyrisches Duodrama mit Chören.
Text by Karl Alexander Harklots. (Berlin, 1802.)

Zumsteeg, Johann Rudolf: Ossian’s Sonnengesang. Text by F. W. von Hoven,
cf. _supra_, p. 21.

    Ossian auf Slimora. Notice in Schubart’s Chronik, 1790, ii, p. 774.

    Colma. Text from Goethe’s translation in Werthers Leiden. (Leipzig,
    1801.) Cf. Deutsche Rundschau, Vol. 74, p. 430.

(Ossian. Eine Sammlung von Volksliedern und Compositionen neuerer
Meister für gemischten Chor. Published by C. F. Kahnt Nachf., Leipzig,
1867. A collection of German folk–songs, etc., containing no Ossianic
songs whatsoever.)


ART.

Harnisch, Carl: Bildliche Darstellungen in Arabeskenform zu Ossians
Gedichten. [Berlin], 1835. Six drawings illustrating scenes from
Cath–Loda, Comala, Lathmon, Fingal (2), and Temora. Cf. Nagler,
Künstler–Lexicon, Vol. 5, pp. 564–5.

Krafft, Peter: Ossian. A painting representing the blind bard led by
Malvina, “am brandenden Meeresufer sein Schwanenlied in die Saiten
brausend.” Cf. Nagler, Künstler–Lexicon, Vol. 7, p. 153. An etching from
this painting was made by Ignaz Rungaldier. A cut appeared in Aglaja.
Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1824. Wien.

Rehberg, Friedrich: Ossian und Malvina. A drawing “recently exhibited at
Berlin” (Gurlitt, 1804).

Ruhl, Johann Christian: Ossian’s Gedichte in Umrissen. Erfunden und
radirt von J. C. Ruhl. Bildhauer in Cassel. 1. Heft. St. Petersburg,
Penig und Leipzig, 1805. 2. Heft. St. Petersburg und Penig, 1806. 3. und
letztes Heft. St. Petersburg, Penig und Leipzig, 1807. Cf. Nagler,
Künstler–Lexicon, Vol. 14, pp. 30–3. Advance Notice: Intelligenzblatt
der Jenaischen Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1805, i, p. 68. REVIEWS: Journal des
Luxus und der Moden, 1805 (April), pp. 210–1; 1806 (October), pp. 640–2;
1808, pp. 188–90. Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, 1806, ii, pp. 371–4; 1807, iii,
pp. 558–9; 1808, iv, pp. 750–2. Bibl. der redenden und bildenden Künste.
Leipzig. Vol. 2, ii, pp. 388–94 (1806). Der Neue Teutsche Merkur, 1807,
i, pp. 200–6 (by Justi, cf _supra_, p. 47); 1807, iii, pp. 239–42 (by
Justi). An advance description of the entire collection appeared in
Justi’s Hessische Denkwürdigkeiten, Marburg, 1805, Vol. 4, i, pp. 463–8.

Runge, Philipp Otto: Eight very large pictures in illustration of
Cath–Loda, two to illustrate the Death of Comhal and the Birth of Fingal
(son of Comhal), and three pen–sketches (in outline) of Fingal, Oscar,
and Ossian. Cp. _supra_, p. 47.

Weitsch, Friedrich Georg (Matthias): Comala. A large heroic painting,
representing bards singing the praise of Comala by torchlight. Exhibited
at the Berlinische Kunstausstellung of 1802. For A. W. v. Schlegel’s
criticism, cf. _supra_, p. 44. No. 2, Vol. 1, of the Tablettes d’un
Amateur des Arts, Berlin, contains La Mort de Comala, a sketch after the
painting by Weitsch, together with a description of the painting and the
argument of the episode in Ossian.

    Tod der Borminna, nach Ossian’s Dichtung. A pendant to the above.
    Cf. Allg. Deutsche Biog., Vol. 41, pp. 629–30; Nagler,
    Künstler–Lexicon, Vol. 21, pp. 268–70.

Taschenbuch für Damen auf das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von Huber,
Lafontaine, Pfeffel, und andern. Mit Kupfern. Tübingen. 1. Kupfer:
Malvina, in the midst of her companions, lamenting the death of Oscar.
Cf. Croma. Notice: Neue allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 73, ii, p. 522
(1802). 3. Kupfer: Colma’s discovery of the bodies of her lover and her
brother on the beach. Cf. the song of the unfortunate Colma, The Songs
of Selma, p. 209, ll. 26 ff.

Among the Commissions–Artikel of the Landes–Industrie–Comptoir at Weimar
cited in the Intelligenz–Blatt des Neuen Teutschen Merkurs for April,
1805 (p. 67), mention is made of an engraving illustrating Ossian’s
Dichtungen. “Ein grosses, reich komponirtes Blatt, gemalt von F[rançois]
Gerard, gestochen von J[ean] Godefroy in Paris.” Godefroy’s engraving
was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1804. A criticism of the engraving,
by Goethe, had appeared in the Jenaische Allg. Lit.–Zeitung, January,
1805, on pp. vii–viii of the supplement: Weimarische Kunstausstellung
vom Jahre 1804....

[For a notice of the scheme said to have been broached in Kingussie for
an exhibition of paintings illustrating the poems of Ossian, cf.
Saunders, _op. cit._, pp. 236–7.]

[For a notice of a painting of Lamderg and Gelchossa (cf. Fingal, Bk. v,
pp. 257–8) in the Art Gallery of Yale University (by Col. John
Trumbull), cf. Donald G. Mitchell, English Lands, Letters and Kings,
1895, Vol. 3, p. 221.



CHAPTER II.

GENERAL SURVEY AND FIRST NOTICES.


§1. General Considerations upon the Reception of the Ossianic Poems in
Germany.

Almost a century and a half has elapsed since the literary world of
Europe bowed to a new offspring of the poetic muse that many thought
would be immortal. The poems of Ossian were assigned to a ‘natural
genius,’ whom men of unquestioned literary sagacity placed next to and
even above Homer. Now they are almost forgotten, and their interest lies
mainly in the influence they exerted upon some of the greatest minds of
the 18th century.

It was in the year 1760[15] that James Macpherson, a Scotch youth of
twenty–four,[16] published in Edinburgh some _Fragments of Ancient
Poetry, Collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and Translated from the
Gallic or Erse Language_. Neither Macpherson nor his friends anticipated
the tremendous sensation these fragments were destined to make, not only
in Scotland and England, but on the whole continent of Europe. But
Macpherson was not the man to underestimate the position which he had
suddenly attained, and accordingly, emboldened by his initial success,
he published in 1761 _Fingal_, an epic poem in six books, and in 1763
_Temora_[17] in eight books. With the dispute over the authenticity of
the poems we are not here concerned. The researches of modern Celtic
scholars have cast much light upon the long–disputed question. They have
accorded Macpherson the place that in justice belongs to him, the place
of a ‘skillful artificer,’[18] who took a few crude scattered fragments
of Irish—not distinctively Scotch—folk–songs as his foundation, and
not only lengthened them into more elaborate and refined poems, but
built up long epics, which, although accepted as genuine by a credulous
age in a moment of blind enthusiasm, have not been able to withstand the
scrutiny of the unprejudiced scholar.

Macpherson’s _Ossian_ was not the first literary product of England that
was received with favor by the Germans in the 18th century, but no other
made its influence felt so strongly. A glance at the bibliography will
show the importance of Ossian in the literary history of Germany. There
was scarcely a writer of note who did not at some time or other fall
under the spell. First came Klopstock, who, regarding Ossian as a
German, found the songs of the bard a fit vehicle for the transmission
of his patriotic ideas. Gerstenberg wrote a long drama in the Ossianic
vein. Denis translated the poems of the bard and imitated him zealously.
Kretschmann and many so–called ‘bards’ of smaller caliber fell into
line. Herder hailed the advent of the songs with delight and based his
theories of popular poetry largely upon them. Goethe, inspired by
Herder, took a passing but deep interest in the literary curiosity,
which left its impress upon a portion of his work.[19] Schiller’s
earliest dramas show traces of Ossian’s influence. The _Storm and
Stress_ writers found nourishment in the writings of a genius who
observed no rules. Merck edited an English edition of the poems. Lenz
translated _Fingal_. The poets of the _Göttinger Bund_—Bürger, Hölty,
Voss, Fried. Stolberg, Cramer—have all left testimony of their
admiration for the Gaelic Homer. Then there were Claudius and Matthisson
and Kosegarten, all influenced by Ossian. Even Gessner shows his
indebtedness in some of his later idyls. Weisse and Haller wrote
detailed reviews. Adelung strongly opposed the authenticity of the
poems. Wilhelm Schlegel seconded the latter’s efforts. Friedrich
Schlegel seriously discussed the authenticity. Jacob Grimm was extremely
anxious to appear as their champion. The melancholy of Novalis sought
consolation in the Ossianic ‘joy of grief.’ Tieck produced several
imitations in his youth. Hölderlin also read the poems with ardor.
Freiligrath wrote a ballad “Ossian.” And so on to the end of the
chapter. Schubert and Brahms, Zumsteeg and Dittersdorf, Seckendorff and
Löwe, and other German composers, have set portions of the poems to
music. German artists have tried their hand at illustrating Ossianic
scenes and depicting Gaelic heroes. But why pursue the subject further?
It were almost impossible to overestimate the favor which the poems of
Ossian once enjoyed in Germany. The baptismal name Oskar, so common in
Germany, and those of Selma and Malvine,[20] still found there, serve as
perpetual reminders of the proud rôle that Ossian, son of Fingal, once
played on German soil.

In order to comprehend this wide–spread influence, let us glance at the
literary condition of Germany in the seventh decade of the 18th century.
As far as their success in Germany is concerned, the poems of Ossian
could not have been ushered in at a more opportune moment. We may safely
assert that at no time before were the chances of a favorable reception
so good; and had they been published in the 19th century, their
influence would have been nil. And it was fortunate in many respects
that the songs appeared when they did, for although we have long ceased
to regard Ossian as a classic, we have no reason to consider his
influence pernicious. Of course the danger of drawing false conclusions
and exaggerating the value of the poems was great, and that they worked
a certain amount of mischief no one will deny. Yet the indisputable
facts remain, that the poems of Ossian aroused a wide–spreading interest
in the ‘tales of the times of old,’ that they helped to draw the
attention of the Germans to their own rich store of popular poetry; that
they aided in eradicating the general idea that German literature
depended for its prosperity upon imitation. Themselves artificial, by a
strange paradox they helped to dispel artificiality, and we really owe
to Macpherson a debt of gratitude for making us acquainted with those
‘deeds of the days of other years’ when ‘Fingal fought and Ossian sung.’
The controversy that arose over the genuineness of the songs was
instrumental in calling general attention to them. A fight usually
attracts a crowd, and it did not fail to do so in this instance.
Aspirants for critical honors were allured into the polemical arena like
moths into the flame. The majority of the German critics came nobly to
Macpherson’s defense, and their decided views as to the authenticity and
beauty of the poems had a marked effect upon the opinions of their
readers.

And then the poems appeared in English, a language that had become
interesting to the Germans, especially after the Seven Years’ War drew
Prussia and England closer together. It did not require a thorough
knowledge of English to read Ossian. The periods were short and simple,
involved constructions were almost entirely lacking, and repetitions of
the same thought in terms virtually similar were of frequent occurrence.
The episodes themselves were simple and called for no serious
application of the reasoning powers; any complications that might arise
were explained away by a careful argument preceding each poem, and those
who were curious to know more about the origin and age of the poems
found abundant material to satisfy them in the various dissertations
prefixed to many of the editions and translations. On the whole, nothing
in the entire range of English literature could have been found
that better met the demand for a text shorn of the most common
difficulties. The number of English reprints that appeared in Germany is
incontrovertible evidence of the frequency with which these poems were
read in the original. And it is patent that this circumstance
contributed in some measure to their popularity. A German of the 18th
century, possessed of a moderate knowledge of English, would be less
drawn to _Paradise Lost_ than to Ossian. While the nature of the subject
is the primary cause for the large number of German translations of
Ossian, the apparent simplicity of the material no doubt induced more
than one person to present his countrymen with a new translation. And
thus it came about that Ossian was in more cases than one translated
into German by men who absolutely lacked poetic talent. The earliest
translations were in rhythmic prose, a fact that did much to increase
the popularity of this style of writing in Germany at that time. About
the time of Klopstock’s entrance upon the literary stage, and for some
time afterwards, the theory widely prevailed, that the poet enters into
more direct contact with nature by clothing his thoughts in prose. This
prose, however, was to be a poetic prose, poetic and at the same time
natural; for prose was regarded as the most natural expression of the
soul. Surely the sensation that Ossian made in Germany would not have
been so prodigious had his poems appeared in meter. An indignant protest
arose on all sides when Denis introduced an innovation by publishing a
translation in hexameters.[21] Had the poems of Ossian appeared
originally in the measures of the so–called Gaelic originals, they might
have found readier acceptance with scholars, but scarcely with the
reading public. There was something in Macpherson’s abrupt but pompous,
rhapsodical, measured prose _per se_ that won the hearts of the admirers
of ‘these glorious remains of antiquity.’

Two distinct tendencies stand out prominently on the literary horizon of
Germany in the middle of the 18th century: imitation of the ancients,
and the return to nature as preached by Rousseau and his disciples. It
is a signal coincidence that Macpherson’s poems and Rousseau’s _Nouvelle
Héloïse_ appeared about the same time. It is well known with what
acclaim Rousseau’s doctrines were hailed in Germany. To a people
professedly longing for a return to the delights of savage life, nothing
could have been more opportune than the practical illustration of
Rousseau’s theories in the account of the crude civilization depicted by
Macpherson, whose characters, while leading a life of freedom in the
wild fastnesses of the mountains, far from the haunts of civilized man,
had been supplied by Macpherson with a veneer of nobility and refinement
that would have better befitted a powdered and perfumed gallant of the
18th century. There are some points of resemblance between the
panegyrists of Thomson’s _Seasons_, who sang the beauties of the sunrise
but never rose before noon, and those followers of Rousseau who never
wearied of sighing for the advantages of savage life, but would have
indignantly declined to be taken at their word and transported among a
tribe of Patagonians. The heroes of Ossian were more to their taste:
these at least made some pretension to refinement of manners, even if
they did not powder their hair nor use snuff. We can vividly picture to
ourselves the immense stir that the sudden appearance of Ossian must
have made in a society that was ready to embrace Rousseau’s cause with
such alacrity.[22] To a certain extent the return to nature went hand in
hand with the awakening of a love for wild and lonely scenery, and here,
also, Macpherson gave all that could be demanded, even by the most
fastidious. Rousseau was a true lover of nature; he was passionately
fond of the Alps, and his example inspired the Germans with a new love
for mountain scenery. His writings did much to bring on the era of
nature–worship in Germany, and they were nobly seconded by Macpherson’s
descriptions of the Scottish Highlands.

In an age when it was considered good taste to imitate the ancients,
Ossian could not fail to arouse more than passing interest. From
imitation of the French and English, the Germans had, in accordance with
the ideas of Lessing, come back to the Greek source. But even in
imitation of the Greeks there was no real salvation. It needed a
Klopstock to arouse an interest in Germanic antiquity, in a civilization
that was less alien to the specifically German _Anschauung_. And here
Ossian’s beneficent influence enters, for his works undoubtedly
increased the interest that was beginning to be taken by the Germans in
their own antiquity. Klopstock regarded Ossian as a German, and Herder
based many a theory of the folk–song upon the lays of the Gaelic bard.
The influence, then, that Ossian had in this respect was rather an
indirect one. When we regard his direct influence in the matter of
imitation, the outlook is not so encouraging. Ossian’s world is
encompassed by narrow bounds, the field of his images and descriptions
is small, the emotions and sentiments expressed by his actors are
confined to a limited sphere; and all this, coupled with the continual
repetitions, greatly simplifies the process of direct imitation. And
this very simplicity proved an irresistible temptation and a snare to
many not at all qualified to enter the lists. Thus we find sorrowful
examples of attempts at Ossianic imitation in the work of some of the
so–called ‘bards’ and elsewhere. One thing Ossian did, however: he aided
Klopstock in his attempt to elevate the personal rank of the poet. At a
time when Klopstock was making strenuous efforts in this direction, it
was a great gain for those similarly minded to be able to point to the
times of old, when the bard was placed upon an equal footing with the
warrior and held in extraordinary esteem by the people. If Macpherson
involuntarily contributed his mite to the spread of the idea that the
poet’s vocation is a noble one, he deserves our sincere gratitude.

The influence exercised in Germany by Shakspere and by Bishop Percy’s
_Reliques_ in several particulars goes hand in hand with that of Ossian.
Herder grasped all three in close connection, but we shall postpone our
account of their inter–relation to the paragraphs on Herder. A few words
are due, however, to Young’s _Night Thoughts_ and his _Conjectures on
Original Composition_,[23] in the latter of which the poets of the
_Storm and Stress_ found much fuel for their fire. Original genius is a
shibboleth frequently met with in the German literature of the time. In
Shakspere the Germans believed they had discovered a true original
genius, and he came to be regarded as the perfect type of the natural
poet, who, throwing aside existing rules and conventionalities, became a
law unto himself. But when they came to Ossian, they discovered a man
that really stood in much closer communion with nature than even
Shakspere, for the former lived in surroundings that precluded the
establishment of fixed rules of poetical composition. If the poems of
Ossian were genuine—and it took a very long time to convince the
Germans of the fact that they were not—here they had certainly to deal
with a poet who was a genius born not made—an undeniable original. Dr.
Blair had in his “Critical Dissertation” undertaken to make a comparison
of the characteristics of the work of Ossian and Homer, and nowhere did
his conclusion fall upon more willing ears than in Germany. Soon a most
delightful controversy arose over the relative excellence of Homer and
Ossian, and it was intensified by the appearance of Robert Wood’s _Essay
on the Original Genius and Writings of Homer_ (1769), in which, too,
Homer was proclaimed as a product of the soil. Homer generally came out
second best in the comparison, critics vieing with one another in
discovering some new phase wherein Homer could with apparent justice be
placed beneath Ossian.[24] And how many German translations of Ossian
had appeared before one respectable version of Homer came into being!
The latter’s heroes were branded not only as cruel and artful, but as
possessed of other unattractive qualities that relegated them to a lower
level than the characters depicted by Ossian, who never failed to
develop the attributes that distinguish the true hero, and so on _ad
absurdum_. Fortunately the aberration was only temporary. No doubt the
frequent comparisons are responsible for the Homeric dress occasionally
given to Ossian’s warriors in illustrations; _e. g._, in No. 14 of
Ruhl’s sketches, Oscar wears a Greek helmet, coat–of–mail, etc.

A translation of the _Night Thoughts_[25] by Johann Arnold Ebert
(1723–95) had appeared in 1760 and its influence soon began to manifest
itself in the odes of Klopstock and his pupils. The profound melancholy
underlying the _Thoughts_ was the leading cause of its popularity in
Germany and in a measure paved the way for the related strain that runs
through Ossian. In this respect, then, the influence of the one
accentuated that of the other, although the popularity of Young waned
noticeably after the appearance of Ossian. Closely bound up with the
spirit of melancholy is that of sentimentality, and here again Ossian’s
sway is unmistakable. Before the appearance of _Werthers Leiden_ (1774),
the influence of Ossian had been felt in several directions, but it was
reserved for Goethe to open up a new field for the Gaelic bard. Feeling
began to enter the arena,[26] and Ossian’s ‘joy of grief’[27] began to
symbolize for many a German youth and maiden “the shower of spring, when
it softens the branch of the oak, and the young leaf rears its green
head.” Goethe, through his incomparable translation of “The Songs of
Selma” in _Werthers Leiden_, served to increase the admiration that had
so willingly been offered on the shrine of Ossian. But we must not
anticipate the paragraphs on Goethe.

And now that the famous bard had once been started upon his triumphal
career, nothing of importance occurred for some years to disturb the
general tenor of his fame. The work of translation and imitation went on
and there was always some one prepared to enter the lists as his
champion. For a long time it was considered bad form for a German critic
to doubt the authenticity of the poems. Not one had the courage of his
convictions, not one was prepared to damn with faint praise. A number of
literati had their private doubts as to the genuineness of the poems,
but they feared to share their opinions with the public—as witness the
following passage in a letter of Klotz to Denis, dated Halle, July 6,
1769: “Aufrichtig unter uns geredet (denn dem Publico mag ich, darf ich
es nicht sagen) ich kann mich immer noch nicht überreden, dass diese
Gedichte völlig ächt wären, dass gar keine neuere Hand an ihnen polirt,
gewisse Bilder abgeändert, andere hinzugesetzt hätte u. s. w.”[28] And
Denis says in his reply: “Ich hatte ihn auch, diesen Zweifel; allein D.
Blair’s Abhandlung, und Macphersons Betheurungen haben mich hierüber
ziemlich beruhiget. Dennoch mag wohl an den Übergängen, an den
Verbindungen der Stücke hin und wieder eine neuere Hand polieret
haben.”[29] Ossian filled so many long–felt wants, that it was not to be
expected that the Germans would give him up easily, and yet this
one–sided chorus of praise could not satisfy perpetually.

When the poets of the Romantic School arrive upon the scene, Ossian has,
to be sure, lost some of his old–time glory, yet he is still ready to
respond to the calls made upon him. Macpherson died in 1796, and soon
afterwards steps were taken looking towards the publication of the
supposed Gaelic originals. Rumors of the circumstance reached Germany
and called forth wide–spread interest. The dying embers were for the
last time blown into a bright flame, to which fact the mass of Ossianic
literature which appeared from 1800 to 1808 clearly attests. Much of the
renewed interest must be ascribed to the influence of Ahlwardt, who
prepared a translation from the original Gaelic (1811). The excellence
of this translation was trumpeted throughout the land long before its
appearance, a specimen was published as early as 1807 and widely
reviewed, so that when the complete translation finally appeared, little
was left to be said. Ahlwardt’s translation really marks the beginning
of the end. What a lowering from their former position the poems had
suffered even at the beginning of the century, is shown by a statement
made by Schröder in the preface to his translation of _Fingal_ (1800),
where he refers to Ossian as one of those poets that are praised more
than read. We still meet with an occasional translation and imitation,
to be sure, but they are of little weight when compared with the hold
the Ossianic craze once had on the German people. Ossian came generally
to have more interest for the philologist than for the man of letters.
More than one critic no longer concealed his doubts of the authenticity,
until finally Mrs. Robinson’s (Talvj’s) work upon the non–genuineness of
the poems was published (1840), which treatise marks the turning–point
in German Ossian criticism. Since Talvj’s days the Celtic scholars
of Germany have sought to make good the errors into which their
predecessors of the previous century had fallen, and to them we owe much
of the light that has been shed upon the long–mooted question in
comparatively recent years. At the present day Ossian is read but little
in Germany, and where he is known attention has generally been called to
him by Goethe’s famous translation of “The Songs of Selma.” He still
attracts the average reader if read in snatches, but few will be found
who can derive pleasure from the reading of his entire works.
Macpherson’s Ossian has become the property of the literary historian,
and the genuine old folk–songs connected with his name that of the
Celtic scholar.


§2. Earliest Notices and Translations.

It is generally stated that the first German notice of the _Poems of
Ossian_ was given by Raspe in No. 92 of the _Hannoverisches Magazin_ for
1763. This is, to be sure, the first extended review, but a notice of
_Fingal_ had appeared the year before in the _Bibliothek der schönen
Wissenschaften_.[30] It is interesting to note what attracted this first
critic, who regards the characters of the epic as full of strength and
feeling, and endowed with all the virtues that go to make up true
heroism. He marvels at the bold poetic expression, and seems to detect
in it a resemblance to the oriental style. In a review of _Temora_ which
appeared in the same magazine in the following year, the author tells us
that, on the one hand, the various critical dissertations written by
Macpherson and, on the other, the nature of the poetry itself have
convinced him of the authenticity of the songs, which he thinks ought to
be made more widely known through German translations. He is attracted
particularly by “the grandeur and sublimity of thought, the spark of
genius, the power of expression, the boldness of metaphor, the sudden
transitions, the irresistible and unexpected touches of pathos and
tenderness, and the similarity in similes and phrasing.” In these
notices we encounter several remarks that are characteristic of the
Ossian craze in Germany. In the first place, doubts as to the
authenticity are not to be entertained.[31] Equally interesting is the
impression made upon the critic by the ‘spark of genius,’ the ‘power of
expression,’ the ‘boldness of metaphor’; in other words, the Gaelic bard
was considered fairly well endowed with those qualities that constitute
the ideal poet of the _Storm and Stress_, and he might well be placed by
the side of Shakspere as a natural poet. We note further that the pathos
and tenderness exhibited in the poems of Ossian attracted attention from
the beginning, and this very pathos and sentimentality and melancholy
did much to establish Ossian in the popular favor. The German is by
nature inclined to be sentimental, and to the German of the 18th century
the joy of grief, the ἵμερος νόοιο was a large reality.

Two years before the appearance of Engelbrecht’s translation of the
_Fragments_, there appeared in the _Bremisches Magazin_ a German prose
translation of two fragments that had been published in the _Gentleman’s
Magazine_ in 1760. In a notice of _Fingal_ in Volume 6 of the same
magazine (1763), the epic is characterized as “beautiful, pathetic, and
sublime.” The characterization of _Temora_ given in the following year
is but an echo of the sentiments expressed in the _Bibliothek der
schönen Wissenschaften_.

One of the first to draw attention not only to the poems of Ossian but
to Bishop Percy’s _Reliques_ as well,[32] was Rudolf Erich Raspe. Raspe
had studied at Göttingen and spent some years in Hannover, so that
nothing was more natural than that he should take an interest in English
literature. His first notice of Ossian appeared in No. 92 (1763) of the
_Hannoverisches Magazin_. The tone throughout is one of hearty
appreciation, and supreme confidence is placed in the authenticity of
the poems, which he defends enthusiastically, basing his arguments upon
the various dissertations prefixed to the works of Ossian. The supposed
originality of the Gaelic bard appealed strongly to him. “With justice,”
says Raspe, “can he be styled an original, he is new throughout.”[33]
And in another place: “Ossian is in the opinion of many great
connoisseurs a genius of the first order.”[34] Here then we have our
_Originalgenie_ without further search. Raspe was thus struck by what he
was pleased to regard as Ossian’s naturalness. The fact that Dr. Blair
in his “Dissertation” had not hesitated to place Ossian on a par with
Homer causes Raspe to marvel that Ossian was gifted enough to raise
himself to the height demanded by an epic poem “without the machinery,
the gods, and the comparisons of the Roman and Greek poets.”[35] He
regarded Ossian as the embodiment of the ideal that Winckelmann saw in
the Greek masterpieces, a soul characterized by ‘noble simplicity and
quiet grandeur.’ Ossian’s noble sentiments are set up as an example
worthy of emulation in these degenerate times.

In Nos. 94 to 97 (1763) of the same magazine, Raspe gave a translation
of extracts, ‘disjecta membra Hippolyti,’ from the six books of _Fingal_
in rhythmic prose. The portions omitted are briefly summarized. The
translation possesses no special merits and we can pass over at once to
the first translations that appeared in book form, that of the
_Fragments_ by Engelbrecht (1764), and that of _Fingal_ by Wittenberg
(1764), both of which appeared anonymously and both in rhythmic prose.
Neither of these translations met with a particularly flattering
reception; the magazines seem to have taken no notice of them whatever,
the editions were probably limited, and we have no record of a second
edition in either case. Wittenberg, indeed, intended to publish two
additional volumes, the second to contain _Temora_ with several smaller
poems and the third the remaining fragments, together with Dr. Blair’s
“Dissertation,” but his plans bore no fruit. Wittenberg was no great
literary light and would have been forgotten long ago had he not been
mixed up in the Lessing–Goeze controversy.[36] In his preface he
tells us that he took pains to make the translation as literal as
possible—quite a wise proceeding for one who had no hope of improving
upon the original and no ability to turn Macpherson’s prose into
respectable verse. When he remarks in the preface that the poems of
Ossian are, even thus early, too well known among the Germans to call
for further commendation to the reader, we may see how quickly Ossian
had found a place in the public favor. However, Wittenberg can not
abstain from recording his appreciation, and takes up the cudgels in
defense of the authenticity.

Engelbrecht, the translator of the _Fragments_, was a merchant and by
way of avocation a literary dilettante. He began to translate the
fragments partly in prose and partly in verses without rime, but
business interfered with the continuation of the work and when he again
took it up, he cast aside the poetic portion and translated in rhythmic
prose from the first edition of _Fingal_ (1761). He intended originally
to publish a translation of the epic _Fingal_ as well, but abstained,
because Wittenberg anticipated him.[37]

In the year after the appearance of the two translations just discussed
(1765), a reprint of the _Mémoire sur les Poëmes de Macpherson_
mentioned above (p. 5) was published in Cologne, and a partial
translation of the same article appeared in the _Hamburgische
Unterhaltungen_ the following year. Little attention was paid in Germany
to the attempt to transport Ossian and his heroes to Ireland. The
translator might have foreseen that an article of this nature would be
apt to be received with disdain. Gerstenberg, to be sure, believed in
the article,[38] but then he had had his doubts from the very first.
Yet he was the exception, and the view of the general public is
better illustrated by a sentence in the review of _Fingal_ from the
_Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen_ (1765), where the critic writes: “We
must at the outset reject the suspicion expressed in certain French
monthlies, which declare these poems to be the work of the publisher and
consequently a forgery. In a hundred places do we find proof that
refutes this suspicion.”[39] In the same review Ossian is characterized
as less loquacious than Homer, and in a review of the _Works of Ossian_
(London, 1765) in the same magazine (1767), the critic remarks how
infinitely superior the character of the Gaels is to that of Homer’s
heroes: “Ossian’s heroes are throughout far more generous, more modest
and more kind than Homer’s robbers, who are sublime solely in virtue of
their strength.”[40] And again: “Ossian’s soul felt infinitely more, his
code of morals was better, he knew the human heart in its more delicate
emotions; and, what might not be expected from a Highlander, he was
infinitely more tender in love and had a greater partiality for women
than the Greek.”[41] Macpherson’s peculiar prose did not fail to impress
the reviewer, who saw in it a mixture “made up of the Holy Scriptures,
of Homer and of the speeches of the Iroquois, yet nevertheless
possessing something of its own.”[42] Verily a strange combination that
could not fail to be effective. However, carried away as the average
reviewer was by the beauty inherent in the poems, by the noble, almost
sublime character of the old Gaelic heroes, and by the grandiloquent
language in which the poems were couched, they were not always entirely
blind to the cardinal defects of the work, and we must give the reviewer
credit for his candor when he says: “To be sure, the comparisons are
too frequent and the style somewhat too monotonous.”[43] This was no
small admission to make in regard to a poet greater even than Homer, and
so in the second review a reason for this defect is given in palliation.
“Ossian lived,” we read, “in a different clime, where nature does not
possess half the beauty of the Greek.... It is therefore easy to see
that Ossian, whose wealth of comparison is altogether too great, is
forced to become monotonous as far as these and his descriptions of
scenery are concerned.”[44]

We have seen that the first notice of Ossian appeared in the _Bibliothek
der schönen Wissenschaften_, and for a number of years this magazine
assumed the leading rôle in Ossianic criticisms and discussions. Several
notices appeared in the first three volumes of the _Neue Bibliothek_. In
Vol. 1 (1766) we have a notice of Cesarotti’s Italian translation. The
reviewer expresses his astonishment that the Abbé has dared to render
the translation in verse, a criticism that Denis was soon to call down
upon his head in still greater measure. In Vol. 2 (1766) appeared a most
sympathetic review of the _Works of Ossian_ by Christian Felix Weisse,
who had been editor of the _Bibliothek_ since 1759. Weisse took a
lifelong interest in Ossian, a fact that is attested not only by his
reviews, but also by his translations of John Macpherson’s _Critical
Dissertations_ ... (1770), and of Smith’s _Gaelic Antiquities_ (1781).
In his review he feels called upon to defend the authenticity of the
poems against the attacks of English and French scholars, particularly
against the article in the _Journal des Sçavans_; he does not mention a
single German scholar, which goes far to show with what unanimity Ossian
was accepted when he first made his appearance. Weisse’s review is taken
up principally with an extensive résumé of Dr. Blair’s “Dissertation,”
prefixed to the edition under discussion. The comparison of Homer and
Ossian receives a due share of consideration. The notice is concluded in
Vol. 3 (1766), where the plan and character of the two epics _Fingal_
and _Temora_ are given, together with several specimens from the poems
in German prose. And then Ossian is proclaimed a poetic genius.[45] “If
strong feeling and natural description are the two chief ingredients of
a poetic genius, we must confess that Ossian possesses a large amount of
genius. The question is not whether there are mistakes in his poems ...
but has he the spirit, the fire, the inspiration of a poet? Does he
speak the speech of nature? Does he elevate by his feelings? Does he
interest by his descriptions? Does he depict for the heart as well as
for the imagination? Does he cause his readers to glow, to tremble, to
weep? These are the great characteristics of true poetry.”[46] And these
grand characteristics of true poetry, as laid down by Weisse, Ossian
certainly possessed. The form in which the poems came out approached
closely to what was then regarded as constituting the language of
nature. His sentiments were surely ennobling. His descriptions, while
their monotony would soon tire a reader of to–day, interested and
charmed by reason of their novelty, and while sufficient play was left
for the imagination, no one could complain of failure to touch the
heart; and lastly, if an author was to be judged by his ability to cause
his readers to glow, tremble, and weep, was it strange that a high rank
was assigned to a poet whose heroes and heroines spent a goodly portion
of their time in doing the one or the other, especially the last? Tears
play a most important part in the economy of Ossian’s poems, and we need
not wonder that the sentimental youth and maiden of the day were so fond
of him. And so Weisse needed no external proof to convince him of the
genuineness of the poems; their character was proof sufficient to him.
It would have been difficult for him—and in this respect he represents
a numerous body—to reconcile the spuriousness of the songs with the
undeniable effect they produced.

Before closing this discussion of the earliest notices and translations,
we must mention two further translations that appeared prior to the
publication of Denis’s hexameter version in 1768–9. The one is a
translation of the _Fragments_ that appeared anonymously in 1766. It was
originally published in the _Neues Bremisches Magazin_ and then printed
separately as _Fragmente der alten Dichtkunst_. The translation evoked
little attention and soon passed into oblivion. To the second
translation fate was more kind. It was a poetic rendering of two
extracts from “The Songs of Selma.” They appeared anonymously in Vol. 4
of the _Unterhaltungen_ and were later reprinted several times in
various places. The translator is Ludwig Gottlieb Crome, a collection of
whose poems appeared after his death.[47]

The bibliography brings out two interesting additional points. We see
first that not a single imitation of Ossian exists before the advent of
Denis’s translation, and secondly, that most of the early publications
hailed from Bremen and Hamburg, the cities in which the originals were
soonest accessible. That the periodicals of Hannover and Göttingen
should be among the first to pay tribute to the newly discovered genius
is easily explained by a reference to the dynastic connections between
Hannover and England.



CHAPTER III.

OSSIAN’S INFLUENCE UPON KLOPSTOCK AND THE SO–CALLED BARDS.


§1. Klopstock.

    “Klopstock verliert alles, wenn man ihn in der Nähe und im Einzelnen
    betrachtet. Man muss ihn in einer gewissen Ferne und im Ganzen
    erfassen. Wenn man ihn liest, scheint er pedantisch und langweilig;
    wenn man ihn aber gelesen hat, und sich wieder an ihn erinnert, wird
    er gross und majestätisch. Dann glauben wir einen riesenhaften Geist
    Ossians zu sehen.”—W. Menzel.

The subject of Ossian’s influence upon Klopstock, were it to receive
exhaustive treatment, would greatly exceed the space we can allot to it
in a general discussion of the effect that Ossian produced in Germany,
and we shall therefore confine ourselves here largely to generalities
and attempt only a broad sketch of Klopstock’s attitude toward the
Gaelic bard. If we are to accept literally the statement made by
Klopstock in a letter to Gerstenberg,[48] to the effect that he did not
adopt the mythology of his forefathers until after the appearance of the
“Lied eines Skalden” (1766), we ought to begin our discussion with
Gerstenberg. It appears, however, that Klopstock gave some attention to
old Germanic history and mythology previous to 1766.[49] At any rate, he
fell under Ossian’s influence two years before, and set the example to a
number of others. It is doubtful whether Ossian of himself would have
had as strong an influence upon the so–called bards, had not Klopstock
given the necessary encouragement; Gerstenberg’s example alone could not
have been expected to produce the same results as that of the author of
the _Messiah_.[50] Indeed, the influences that Ossian and Klopstock
exercised upon the bards are in many cases so closely interwoven, that a
discussion of Ossian’s influence upon the bards without a previous
study of Klopstock would be impracticable.

Two streams of poesy, proceeding from Hagedorn and Haller, respectively,
ran side by side in the middle of the 18th century, the former bearing
upon its surface the light, fantastic, Frenchified, anacreontic poetry,
the latter the more somber verse of Klopstock and his pupils—this
latter in the strain of Young’s _Night Thoughts_.[51] The melancholy
Ossian could be assured a cordial reception by a poet like Klopstock, at
the bottom of whose really healthy nature there lurked something that
had a little earlier responded to the elegiac mood of Young—feelings
that had been intensified by the death of his dearly–beloved wife Meta
(1758). This bereavement cast a deep shadow over Klopstock, so much so
that for several years he wrote little poetry. Much of this time was
spent in Germany—he had been living at Copenhagen since 1753—and it
was undoubtedly upon one of these visits to his fatherland that he
became acquainted with Ossian. Here was sustenance, indeed, for the
sentimental side of his nature, for his _Gefühlsschwärmerei_. The dim
forms of Ossian’s heroes, the misty atmosphere of the Highlands in which
they lived, were well calculated to cast a spell over the author of the
_Messiah_, whose own genius was not fitted to delineate his characters
with sharp, clear–cut lines. There is a certain mistiness in Klopstock’s
great epic that reminds one of the shadowy atmosphere in which the
heroes of the Ossianic epics are enveloped. More than one passage in the
_Messiah_ conveys the impression of representing little more than
rhetorical bombast. Macpherson was a kindred spirit.

This was, however, by no means all that Ossian held out to him. He saw
something in Ossian that he seized upon even more eagerly—too eagerly,
in fact—namely, he regarded Ossian as a German. By this time
Klopstock’s activity in the patriotic field had begun; religion no
longer engrossed his entire attention. Barring Frederick the Great,
there were no glorious figures upon the political stage, and Frederick’s
fondness for the literature of France was not calculated to attract
Klopstock, who hated the rationalistic poetry of the French. Nor was the
empire of the 18th century a political organism to inspire the poet to
patriotic effusions. A united fatherland lay, however, in the dim and
distant past, almost buried in oblivion, in the days of old, when
Arminius and his mighty warriors defied the power of Rome itself. And
thither Klopstock turned for inspiration. Tacitus was a good source for
historical data and in the famous work of the old Roman historian
mention was made of the shouting of a battle–song by the Germani, a
_baritus_ (written _barditus_ in some of the manuscripts).[52] Hence the
term “bard” was applied to those whose duty it was to incite the
warriors to battle by means of songs, and the songs themselves were
called by Klopstock _Bardiete_, a word he applied also to his last
historical dramas.[53] Unfortunately these songs of the days of yore,
for the existence of which Eginhard’s statement was cited as authority,
were apparently lost:

          Doch ach, verstummt in ewiger Nacht
    Ist Bardiet und Skofliod, und verhallt
    Euer Schall, Telyn, Triomb! Hochgesang,
    Deinem sogar klagen wir nach.[54]

And now Ossian appeared upon the scene, the bard of bards, who sang of
the deeds of days gone by. Here was a source of consolation, indeed. If
Ossian had only sung the deeds of Arminius! Although Fingal was no hero
to be despised, Klopstock laments:

          Und in öden dunkeln Trümmern
    Der alten Celtensprache,
    Seufzen nur einige seiner leisen Laute.[55]

And this regret that only a few notes have been handed down he could not
shake off. We meet with it again and again, not only in his odes, _e.
g._, “Unsre Sprache,” but also in his letters, _e. g._, in an epistle to
Denis, dated Copenhagen, Jan. 6, 1767, where he says: “Ich bitte Sie,
mich nicht lange auf Ihre Uebersetzung des Ossian warten zu lassen.
Ossian ist ein vortrefflicher Barde. Wenn wir doch auch von unsern
Barden irgend in einem Kloster etwas fänden!”[56] And in another letter
to the same, dated Bernstorff, Sept. 8, 1767, he writes: “Ossians Werke
sind wahre Meisterstücke. Wenn wir einen solchen Barden fänden! Es wird
mir ganz warm bey diesem Wunsche.”[57] And when Denis informs him of the
discovery of the songs of the so–called Illyrian bards,[58] he can not
conceal his delight, and writes from Bernstorff under date of July 22,
1768: “Sie haben mir durch Ihre Nachricht, dass noch illyrische Barden
durch die Ueberlieferung existiren, eine solche Freude gemacht, dass ich
ordentlich gewünscht hätte, dass mir Ihr Ossian weniger gefallen hätte,
um Sie bitten zu können, ihn liegen zu lassen und diese Barden zu
übersetzen.”[59] Though the Poems of Ossian could not, then, fully
compensate for the German treasures that were lost, they offered a
standard by which to judge the character of the songs of the old
Germani, and threw light upon many old institutions. There was much
false material in Macpherson’s various preliminary dissertations, which,
unfortunately, was accepted as gospel truth, even by men who might have
been credited with more critical acumen. And so when Klopstock was in
search of dress and historical material for his _Bardiete_, what more
natural than that in painting the character and customs of the followers
of Arminius, he should borrow here and there from the picture of the
ancient Celts as presented by Macpherson?[60] That Klopstock interested
himself in the history and manners of the ancient Caledonians, we see
from a passage in the letter to Denis, dated July 22, 1768, where he
refers Denis to John Macpherson’s _Critical Dissertations_:[61] “Ich
vermuthe, dass Sie einige Kleinigkeiten in Ihrer [Vorrede] zum Ossian
ändern werden,” he writes, “wenn Sie Macpherson von den Alterthümern der
Hochländer gelesen haben werden.”[62]

But what had Ossian to do with the old Germani? We shall let Klopstock
answer in his own words: “Und nun eine kleine nicht üble Nachricht von
meinen weidmännischen Lustwandlungen in den Wäldern unsrer alten
Sprachen, nach gethaner Arbeit nämlich.—Makpherson, der Retter des
Barden Ossian (_Ossian war deutscher Abkunft, weil er ein Kaledonier
war_)[63] wird mir, und wie ich hoffe nun bald, die eisgrauen
Melodien zu einigen lyrischen Stellen des grossen Dichters schicken.
Mit Hülfe dieser Melodien denk’ ich das Sylbenmaass der Barden
herauszubringen.”[64] An epigram in the same tone appeared in the
_Hamburgische Neue Zeitung_, 1771, No. 183, and was reprinted in the
first edition of the _Gelehrtenrepublik_, although omitted in the
second. It was entitled “Gerechter Anspruch,” and ran as follows:

    Sie, deren Enkel jetzt auf Schottlands Bergen wohnen,
    Die von den Römern nicht provinzten Kaledonen,
    Sind deutschen Stamms. Daher gehört auch uns mit an
    Der Bard und Krieger Ossian,
    Und mehr noch als den Engelländern an.

We see, therefore, that Ossian was unceremoniously annexed by
Klopstock; Celts and Germani were all one to him,[65] he drew no narrow
distinctions, and not until late in life were his ideas on this point
clarified. We are not to suppose, however, that Klopstock alone occupied
this position. Far from it. The conceptions that existed at the time as
to the genetic relation of peoples and languages were rather hazy, to
say the least. Klopstock’s intense patriotism was a factor in preventing
him from penetrating more to the root of the matter. “Die allgemein
anerkannte und empfundene Vortrefflichkeit dieser Gesänge war es,” says
a writer in the periodical _Bragur_,[66] “welche ... die zärtliche
Vaterlandsliebe einiger teutschen Worthies so weit entflammte, dass sie
nicht nur den Barden Ossian, weil man bisher die Celten für die
Stammväter der Teutschen hielt und die ältesten teutschen Dichter aus
der Heidenzeit nicht anders als mit dem Bardennamen zu beschenken
gewohnt war, zu einem Landsmanne von uns zu machen suchten, sondern ihn
auch wirklich machten. Unsere Väter waren also Celten, unsere ältesten
teutonischen Dichter Barden.”

But still another element of confusion made its appearance with the
introduction of Norse mythology. The warriors of Arminius were not
Christians, nor was their religion based upon the mythology of the
Greeks. They had a mythology of their own, of which little was known.
Fortunately, the Old Norse _Edda_ had preserved a complete system of
divinities, and so Arminius and his followers were constrained to pray
to the Old Norse gods. Ferven patriots, who did not hesitate to adopt
Ossian as a countryman, could scarcely be expected to distinguish
between Old Norse mythology and the mythology of the ancient Cherusci
and Catti. Now Ossian having once been stamped as of German descent, it
required no great stretch of imagination to make Fingal and his warriors
forswear their allegiance to the Spirit of Loda and pray to Wodan and
his band, and _vice versa_ to make Norse bards—skalds—assume various
characteristics of Ossian’s heroes. Ossian and the characters of Norse
mythology went hand in hand, and making their appearance, as they did,
about the same time,[67] confusion was bound to arise. This confusion
was particularly noticeable in the writings of the first group of German
poets that were influenced by Ossian—of Klopstock and the bards—and
played much mischief in German literature for several years. Klopstock,
not content with introducing the Norse gods into his new poems,
proceeded to drive the residents of Olympus out of old ones and to
replace them by the dwellers in Walhalla. By the end of the year 1767
this process was completed. It is nowhere better illustrated than in the
ode now called “Wingolf,” which was written in 1747 under the title “An
des Dichters Freunde.” In the first verse, _e. g._, Hebe has had to make
way for Gna and so on throughout the poem.[68] It will be interesting to
mention a few of the changes occasioned by the appearance of Ossian. L.
4: “Feyernd in mächtigen Dithyramben,” now reads: “Feyrend in kühnerem
Bardenliede.” Ll. 5–7 which originally read:

    Wilst du zu Strophen werden, o Lied, oder
    Ununterwürfig Pindars Gesängen gleich,
    Gleich Zevs erhabenen trunkenen Sohne, ...[69]

have been changed to:

          Willst du zu Strophen werden, O Haingesang?
    Willst du gesetzlos, Ossians Schwunge gleich,
    Gleich Ullers Tanz auf Meerkrystalle, ...

It is evident that these changes are confined to externals, as is also
the case when l. 10, “Mit Orpheus Leyer,” becomes “Des Zelten Leyer,”
or l. 25, “Dein Priester wartet,” is changed to “Dein Barde wartet,” and
so on. As for Orpheus, the Thracians were regarded by Klopstock as a
tribe of the Celts, and so Orpheus becomes as much of a German bard as
Ossian.[70] Before we leave this ode, let us glance at an example or
two, showing how the machinery of Ossian is thrown together with Norse
mythology. Ll. 45–9, which originally read:

          Aber geliebter, trunken und weisheitsvoll
    Von Weingebürgen, wo die Unsterblichen
    Taumelnd herumgehn, wo die Menschen
    Unter Unsterblichen Götter werden.

were changed to:

          Allein geliebter, wenn du voll Vaterlands
    Aus jenen Hainen kömst, wo der Barden Chor[71]
    Mit Braga singet, wo die Telyn
    Tönt zu dem Fluge des deutschen Liedes.

or ll. 209–12:

    Oder, wie aus den Götterversammlungen
    Mit Agyieus Leyerton, himmelab,
    Und taumelnd, hin auf Weingebürgen,
    Sazungenlos Dithyramben donnern!

which have become:

          Wie aus der hohen Drüden Versammlungen,
    Nach Braga’s Telyn, nieder vom Opferfels,
    Ins lange tiefe Thal der Waldschlacht,
    Satzungenlos sich der Barden Lied stürzt!

Klopstock notes with reference to the word _Telyn_: “Die Leyer der
Barden. Sie heisset noch jetzt in der neueren celtischen Sprache so, die
am Meisten von der älteren behalten hat.” The term has replaced _Leier_
also in the odes “Thuiskon,” l. 13, “Die Barden,” l. 2; it occurs in ll.
62 and 123 of the ode “Der Hügel, und der Hain,” l. 14 of “Die Barden,”
in the _Hermannsschlacht_, in _Hermann und die Fürsten_, etc. The
introduction of this Celtic word goes back directly to the study of
Celtic to which Klopstock was incited by the poems of Ossian. Moreover,
it is not the only word he borrowed in this way. In “Die Barden,” l. 14,
he speaks of the _Telyn_ of our _Filea_, and explains the latter term
in a note as “Die vortrefflichsten unter den Barden, welche die jüngeren
unterrichteten.”[72] Another Celtic word that he introduced is
_Bardale_, which he defines as follows: “Von Barde. So hiess in unsrer
älteren Sprache die Lerche. Die Nachtigall verdient’s noch mehr, so zu
heissen.” Klopstock applied the word also to the nightingale, but in the
ode “Die Lerche und die Nachtigall” he uses it for the lark, a symbol of
the song of nature, in contradistinction to the nightingale, whose song
is more artificial. The ode “Bardale,” written in 1748, was originally
entitled “Aëdone”; it was first published under the simple title “Ode”
in the _Vermischte Schriften von den Verfassern der Bremischen
Beiträge_, i, p. 378 (1749). Although these terms are employed
occasionally by Klopstock’s imitators and others,[73] they never became
popular and soon died out altogether.

Klopstock was an earnest student of versification and nothing could have
given him more pleasure at one time of his career than the discovery of
the poetical measures of the ancient Germani. The appearance of
Macpherson’s Ossian in a prose garb, welcome as it was to some, must
have come as a cruel disappointment to one who was so anxious to be
enlightened as to the nature and structure of the meter of the
Ur–Germanic bardic songs. This disappointment finds expression in the
ode “Der Bach,” where he sings:

          Der grosse Sänger Ossian folgt
    Der Musik des vollen Baches nicht stets.

If Klopstock had only lived to see Ahlwardt’s translation from the
so–called Celtic originals, he would have had at least a partial
recompense. As it was, all he had to go by was the original (?) of the
sixth book of “Temora” and that did not give him much information as to
the exact structure of the verse he sought. He therefore entered into
correspondence with Macpherson, as we saw above[74] in the letter to
Gleim. The intensity of his interest is well illustrated by a few
epistolary passages. He writes to Denis under date of July 22, 1768: “In
dem Celtischen war ich auch schon ziemlich weit, aber es erklärt ~uns~
nichts; und da liess ichs. Ihnen ins Ohr. ~Macpherson~ (mit dem ich
correspondire), versteht entweder Ossians Quantität, oder das Sylbenmass
überhaupt nicht genug. Wenn Sie mir wahrscheinlich machen können, dass
die illyrischen Barden wenigstens halbe Deutsche waren, so bekömmt der
Uebersetzer einen schweren Stand mit mir, wenn er falsch, nur ein wenig
falsch übersetzt.”[75] Again, he writes to Ebert on May 5, 1769: “Wenn
mir ~Macpherson~ Wort hält; so bekomme ich einige alte Melodien nach
Ossian, in unsre Noten gesezt; und so kann ich auch vielleicht etwas
nicht unwahrscheinliches von dem Rhythmus der Barden sagen.”[76] It
appears, however, that he got but little help from the material
that Macpherson sent him, and so he takes his request to Angelica
Kauffmann,[77] who resided in London at the time. He writes to Gleim
from Bernstorff, Sept. 2, 1769: “Ich bin seit Kurzem in eine deutsche
Malerin in London, Angelika Kaufmann, beinahe verliebt. Sie hat einen
Briefwechsel mit mir angefangen, und will mir schicken: einen Kopf
Ossians nach ihrer Phantasie, ihr Portrait und ein Gemälde aus dem
Messias.”[78] Their common admiration for Ossian was no small factor in
cementing the friendship between the poet and the artist. Unfortunately
nothing came of the portrait of Ossian,[79] and hence we are left in the
dark as to the artist’s conception of the Voice of Cona and as to how
her conception would have coincided with Klopstock’s. On March 3, 1770,
Klopstock wrote to Angelica from Copenhagen: “Könnten Sie nicht in
Edingburgh, oder auch weiter hinauf gegen Norden, durch Hülfe Ihrer
Freunde, einen Musikus auftreiben, der mir die Melodien solcher Stellen
im Ossian, die vorzüglich lyrisch sind, in unsere Noten setzte,”
etc.[80] Nothing could better illustrate Klopstock’s profound interest
in the subject than the passages just quoted. After this we hear nothing
further of the matter, and must conclude that Klopstock’s hoped–for
assistance from this quarter proved illusory. What were Klopstock’s
conclusions with reference to Ossian’s meter, we are told in one of his
essays on the German hexameter, viz., he thought that Ossian’s meter
consisted of a mixture of narrative verses of his own invention and
other lyrical verses answering to the sense.[81] Of course Ossian’s
value for Klopstock lay in the fact that he supposedly sang in natural
melodies and was not hampered by artificial measures.

At the height of his enthusiasm for Ossian, Klopstock deemed it no
sacrilege to place the Celtic bard alongside of Homer, in accordance
with the popular practice of the day.[82] In a letter to Denis,
Klopstock writes from Copenhagen under date of August 4, 1767: “Ich
liebe Ossian so sehr, dass ich seine Werke über einige Griechische der
besten Zeit setze.”[83] In the first edition of the _Gelehrtenrepublik_
(1774) appeared the following epigram, which is a striking illustration
of Klopstock’s _quondam_ supreme admiration for Ossian:

    Du gingst der Schönheit Bahn,
    Sohn Fingals, Ossian;
    Sie ging Mäonides Homer:
    Wer that der Schritte mehr?[84]

Similarly he sings in the ode “Unsre Sprache” (ll. 53–60):

          Die Vergessenheit umhüllt’, o Ossian, auch dich!
    Dich huben sie hervor, und du stehest nun da!
    Gleichest dich dem Griechen! trotzest ihm!
    Und fragst, ob wie du er entflamme den Gesang?

          Voll Gedanken auf der Stirne höret’ ihn Apoll,
    Und sprach nicht! und gelehnt auf die Harfe Walhalls
    Stellt sich vor Apollo Bragor hin,
    Und lächelt, und schweiget, und zürnet nicht auf ihn.

The first four verses of this eulogy became very popular among Ossian’s
numerous admirers, and we find them occasionally prefixed to German
translations. They are also quoted by Denis in his Vorbericht[85] to the
_Lieder Sineds_ (1772).

Let us now briefly consider Ossian’s influence upon Klopstock as it
appears in some of his works. Dr. Julius Köster in his _Programm Ueber
Klopstocks Gleichnisse_ (Iserlohn, 1878), fixes the beginning of this
influence altogether too late. He says: “Ossian hat erst Ende der
sechziger Jahre auf Klopstock wirken können, weil er in Deutschland erst
um jene Zeit durch die Uebersetzung von Denis bekannt wurde.” We have
seen, however, that notices of Ossian had appeared in Germany as early
as 1762 and that several translations were published before that of
Denis, although to be sure, Denis’s was the first that attracted
widespread attention. Klopstock, who of course had become acquainted
with Ossian long before the appearance of Denis’s translation, took a
warm interest in the translator’s work, as is evidenced by the
correspondence that passed between the two. Klopstock had seen bits of
the translation before it was published; under date of Sept. 8, 1767, he
writes to Denis from Bernstorff: “Sie werden am Ende dieses Briefs
einige Ausdrücke finden, mit denen ich in Ihrer Uebersetzung des Ossian
und in Ihrer Ode weniger als mit den andern zufrieden bin.”[86] It has
been pointed out,[87] that the earliest translations all emanated from
North Germany, from Bremen, Hamburg, and Hannover, and they were
consequently very liable to fall into Klopstock’s hands. Besides, there
is no reason why he should not have read Macpherson’s poems in English,
a copy of which he would have had no difficulty in procuring on one of
the frequent visits made to Germany between the summer of 1762 and July,
1764. Klopstock had begun the study of English as a youngster at school,
and although he, like so many other German literati of the day, like
Lenz, for example, never obtained a complete scientific mastery of the
language, he would have experienced little difficulty in construing
Macpherson’s short, simple periods. Be that as it may, there can be no
doubt of the fact that Klopstock became acquainted with Ossian as early
as 1764, for the simple reason that some of the odes written in that
year show plain traces of Ossian’s influence.

In all attempts to arrive at an exact estimate of Ossian’s influence
upon Klopstock, one difficulty will always be encountered, a difficulty
based upon the fact that both the language of Macpherson and that of
Klopstock rest in large measure upon the same foundations: the Bible,
Homer, Milton, Latin poets. Malcolm Laing in his “Dissertation”[88] gave
innumerable examples of Macpherson’s borrowings, and although he
undoubtedly went a little too far, it can not be denied that many of
his conclusions are true. The greatest care has, therefore, to be
exercised in attributing anything in Klopstock to Ossian, for the
chances are that the Bible, or Milton, or Homer, or Horace, or some
other classical poet, is the common source from which both drew.[89] For
instance, Macpherson is fond of comparing the voice or song to a stream,
but were we to attribute Klopstock’s lines:

              So floss der Waldstrom hin nach dem Ozean:
    So fliesst mein Lied auch, stark und gedankenvoll.

to Ossian, we should be led astray, for Klopstock’s source was
undoubtedly Horace, _Odes_, iv, 2, ll. 5–8, where he speaks of the songs
of Pindar:

    Monte decurrens velut amnis, imbres
    Quem super notas aluere ripas,
    Fervet immensusque suit profundo
            Pindarus ore.

The large majority of Klopstock’s comparisons are taken from nature and
so are Ossian’s: comparisons with the moon and the stars, dusk and
night, clouds and mist, wind and storm, etc., etc., all are found in
Klopstock even before Ossian appeared; indeed, the resemblance of the
language of Klopstock to that of Ossian, even in the early songs of the
_Messiah_, especially as far as the imagery is concerned, is striking.
The same accumulation of comparisons is of course found in Homer.
Köster[90] again and again notes passages from Ossian where an influence
proceeding from him is absolutely out of the question, not only in
connection with the early songs of the _Messiah_, but also with
reference to odes written before 1764, _e. g._, he refers to Ossian in
connection with the line “Laura war ... Schön wie ein festlicher Tag,”
in the ode “Petrarka und Laura” (l. 61). But this ode was written as
early as 1748 and consequently Ossian can not be held responsible. When
Klopstock in the “Klagode” sings (ll. 10–11):

    Wie Gras auf dem Felde sind Menschen
    Dahin, wie Blätter; ...

we can of course point to a resemblance in Ossian, “Lathmon,” p. 271, l.
20: “We decay like the grass of the hill,” or “Berrathon,” p. 382, l.
3: “Like the leaves of woody Morven, they pass away,” but at the same
time we must not forget that similar comparisons occur in the Psalms and
in Homer (_e. g._, _Iliad_, vi, ll. 146–8). Likewise we have the
comparison of man’s perishableness to the short life of a flower in
_Hermann und die Fürsten_, Sc. 14: “Vor dem Triumphwagen werd’ ich wie
eine Blume hindorren,” and also in Ossian, “Croma,” p. 178, l. 18: “They
fall away, like the flower,” etc., but compare _Job_, 14, 2, _Psalms_,
103, 15–6, etc. Enough examples have been cited to convince one of the
fruitlessness of attempting to draw sharp lines in the treatment of our
subject. Of this we may be certain: One reason why Ossian appealed so
strongly to Klopstock was, that he found here so much that was familiar
to him from his own reading and writing.

Having thus far regarded the question mainly from a negative standpoint,
it now remains for us to give some examples of a positive influence.
Ossian’s influence upon Klopstock is visible particularly in the odes
written in 1764, 1766 and 1767, and in the first _Bardiet_, _Die
Hermannsschlacht_, although traces appear in the later odes and
_Bardiete_. Doubtless a closer examination of the language of the later
books of the _Messiah_ would also reveal the influence of Ossian.
_Salomo_ contains an Ossianic reminiscence or two, but nothing that can
be distinctly localized. Klopstock’s unbounded admiration for Ossian
really did not last much over a decade and the old bard’s influence
gradually diminished, just as Klopstock’s fondness for Norse mythology
grew less and less pronounced. By the time he began to turn his
attention to the French Revolution, both Ossian and the Norse divinities
appear more like a memory of the days of old. The year 1764, in which
Klopstock probably first became acquainted with Ossian, marks the
beginning of a period of renewed activity in the field of the ode, and I
am inclined to conclude that Ossian’s appearance helped to further that
activity. The influence of Norse mythology upon the works of Klopstock
manifests itself largely in externals; similarly does that of Ossian.
Klopstock borrowed much from the bardic machinery, just as he did from
that of the Norse gods, without at the same time entering very deeply
into the spirit of Ossian. In fact, he did not need to, for much of what
he found in Ossian was not foreign to his nature. That we are justified
in placing Klopstock’s acquaintance with Ossian as far back as 1764
needs no further proof than a reference to the ode “Der Jüngling”
written in that year, in which the poet treats the theme of the
perishableness of youth, a subject upon which Ossian loved to harp.
Indeed, Klopstock’s poem is directly based upon Ossian’s reflections on
youth in “The War of Inis–Thona,” p. 203, ll. 1–5.[91] The entire dress
of the poem is Ossianic.

It strikes us as rather savoring of Ossian, when nature is allowed to
take on a dimmer, mistier aspect in the new form of the ode “Wingolf,”
_e. g._, in l. 196 “wallenden Opferrauche” is changed to “schweigenden
Dämmerungen;”

ll. 269–71:

    Er sprach’s. Izt seh ich über den Altar her,
    Auf Opferwolken, Schlegeln mit dicht’rischen
    Geweihten Lorbeerschatten kommen, ...

become:

          Er sang’s. Jetzt sah ich fern in der Dämmerung
    Des Hains am Wingolf Schlegeln aus dichtrischen
    Geweihten Eichenschatten schweben, ...

Dark, dim, distant, dusky, far, misty, silent are epithets that
continually occur in Ossian, over whose distant groves of oaks pours the
mist in which ghosts hover. The last three lines quoted certainly
present a much more Ossianic picture as they now stand than they did in
the original version.

In the ode “Hermann” (1767), three bards are introduced lamenting the
death of Arminius. An Ossianic chord is struck at the very beginning,
when Werdomar, the chief of the bards, sings, ll. 1–2:

          Auf diesem Steine der alternden Moose,
    Wollen wir sitzen, o Barden, und ihn singen.

The peculiar expression “Steine der alternden Moose” reminds us of the
moss of years that covers most of Ossian’s stones.[92] Other slight
reminders of Ossianic description occur throughout the ode.

The bards in Ossian occasionally exercise the power of looking into the
mirror of the future. So in the ode “Weissagung” (1773), the poet seizes
the _Telyn_ and prophesies; likewise in the ode “Die Rosstrappe”
(1771);[93] in both, however, the sacred white horses mentioned by
Tacitus, but not found in Ossian, play a part.

A frequent device that we find in Klopstock, especially at the height
of his enthusiasm for Ossian, is the conjuring up of the spirits of the
departed. Doubtless the songs of Ossian, in which the ghosts of the
fallen play such an important rôle, inspired Klopstock with a fondness
for this device. We must hold Ossian accountable, for example, when in
the ode “Thuiskon” (1764) the hoary ancestor of the German people is
made to appear in the grove of the modern German bards. Similarly an old
bard is conjured up in the ode “Der Hügel, und der Hain” (1767); in the
ode “Rothschilds Gräber” (1766) the souls of the departed appear to the
poet, and spirits that hover around Braga or the goddess of the German
language occur frequently in the odes of the period that coincides with
Klopstock’s most intense interest in Ossian.[94]

The influence of Ossian is particularly manifest in the first of the
odes mentioned in the previous paragraph, in “Thuiskon.” We have but to
read the ode and for comparison the “Address to the Evening Star” and
the “Apostrophe to Fingal and his Times” in “The Songs of Selma,”[95] to
notice the resemblance. The time of the ghosts’ appearance in both is at
the rising of the evening star, which in “Thuiskon” sends down
“entwölkte Schimmer,” while in Ossian it “lifts its head from its
clouds.” Compare also ll. 5–6:

          So entsenket die Erscheinung des Thuiskon, wie Silber stäubt
    Von fallendem Gewässer ...

with “Fingal comes like a watery column of mist.”[96]

Another ode of the same year, “Die frühen Gräber” (1764), shows
undoubted traces of Ossian’s influence. The entire _Stimmung_ is
Ossianic and Ossianic touches are not wanting, as when the poet says,
ll. 9–10:

          Ihr Edleren, ach es bewächst
    Eure Maale schon ernstes Moos!

The poems of Ossian teem with laments for the departed, whose graves are
marked by stones, grown over with moss. The danger of referring
everything in Klopstock that savors of the Gaelic bard to Ossian has
been pointed out, yet Ossian undoubtedly accentuated and brought into
stronger relief much that already existed.

Klopstock’s characterization of the songs of the bards given in ll.
33–40 and 77–84 of the ode “Der Hügel, und der Hain” is based largely
upon his knowledge of the poems of Ossian which were supposedly further
removed from the limitations of art and closer to nature than the poems
of the Greeks.

The description of natural scenery and the comparison at the beginning
of the ode “Aganippe und Phiala” (1764) reminds us strongly of Ossian,
who was very fond of permitting several _as’s_ and _so’s_ to follow one
another in his comparisons, a trick that was widely copied later in the
imitations of Ossian and carried to excess.

    Ll. 1–10:

          Wie der Rhein im höheren Thal fern herkommt,
    Rauschend, als käm’ Wald und Felsen mit ihm,
    Hochwogig erhebt sich sein Strom,
    Wie das Weltmeer die Gestade
          Mit gehobner Woge bestürmt! Als donnr’ er,
    Rauschet der Strom, schäumt, fliegt, stürzt sich herab
    Ins Blumengefild, und im Fall
    Wird er Silber, das emporstäubt.
          So ertönt, so strömt der Gesang, Thuiskon,
    Deines Geschlechts ...

Compare, _e. g._, “Fingal,” Book i, p. 221, ll. 4–10:

    “As rushes a stream of foam from the dark shady deep of Cromla, when
    the thunder is travelling above, and dark–brown night sits on half
    the hill; through the breaches of the tempest look forth the dim
    faces of ghosts: So fierce, so vast, so terrible rushed on the sons
    of Erin. The chief, like a whale of ocean, whom all his billows
    pursue, poured valour forth as a stream, rolling his might along the
    shore.”

Ossian is full of long comparisons, with several dependent clauses,[97]
and loves to heap up adjectives. Although the comparison of song to a
stream frequently occurs in Ossian, we have seen[98] that it would be
unsafe to attribute Klopstock’s use of the comparison to Ossian, in
fact, we find comparisons of the voice to a storm pouring down from the
hills in the early books of the _Messiah_, and of course in classical
poetry.

Another example of the nature of Ossian’s influence upon Klopstock, its
power to strengthen existing conceptions, is offered by his use of the
oak in comparisons. Köster[99] remarks, that Klopstock’s numerous
comparisons to the oak are all found in his later dramas, none in the
_Messiah_. The oak, which Klopstock was so fond of regarding as the
national tree—_die deutsche Eiche_—was as much at home in the
highlands of Scotland as in the primeval forests of Germany, and
according to Ossian occupied just as high a place in the minds of the
Caledonians as in those of the Germani. The grove of oaks, the _Hain_,
came to bear the same relation to bardic poetry that _Helicon_, the
_Hügel_, bore to Greek poetry. It must have pleased Klopstock to find
these groves of oaks so frequently mentioned in Ossian, in “The Songs of
Selma,” _e. g._,[100] and without a doubt Ossian’s numerous comparisons
to the oak had an influence upon Klopstock. In the _Hermannsschlacht_,
Sc. 6, _e. g._, he says: “... so stürzt’ er in sein Blut, wie die junge,
schlanke Eiche der Donnersturm bricht.” Compare “Temora,” Bk. iii, p.
328, ll. 25–6: “Like a young oak falls Tur–lathon;” “Carthon,” p. 163,
l. 20: “There he lies, a goodly oak, which sudden blasts overturned!”
etc., etc.

Klopstock borrowed a name from Ossian and employed it freely in his
odes, _Selma_, the name of the royal residence[101] of Fingal. He grew
quite fond of the euphonious name, used it to apply to a girl, coined a
corresponding masculine form _Selmar_, and out of the two made a pair of
ideal lovers. Vetterlein[102] many years ago suggested that the names
might have been taken from _Selim_ and _Selima_, names given by Prevod
to a pair of tender lovers in the _Memoires d’un homme de qualité_;[103]
but no one of the present day would subscribe to that opinion. Had he
kept the name of the maid in “The Songs of Selma,” _Colma_, he would
have been induced to call her lover, whose real name is _Salgar_,
_Colmar_, and that would have led to confusion with the Ossianic hero of
that name. The ode “Selmar und Selma,” written in 1748, was originally
entitled “Daphnis und Daphne.” About the same time that the change of
names took place, another ode was written with the title “Selma und
Selmar” (1766), in which the lovers promise that the first to die will
appear to the other. This is a fancy that we frequently meet in the
latter half of the 18th century, and it found nourishment in Ossian. The
name Selma occurs furthermore in the ode “Die Erscheinung” (1777), and
Selma and Selmar are the two ideal lovers in the ode “Das Bündniss,” as
late as 1789. The combination grew to be quite a popular one, and so we
find “Elegien von Selma und Selmar” in Kosegarten’s _Thränen und Wonnen_
(Stralsund, 1778), a poem “Selmar und Selma” by Friedrich Stolberg[104]
that shows the influence of Ossian, another Ossianic poem of the same
title dedicated to Christian Stolberg,[105] and many more. The
popularity of the name Selma was still further increased by the
translation of “The Songs of Selma” that appeared in _Werthers Leiden_.

The _Hermannsschlacht_ and the larger part of _Hermann und die Fürsten_
were written at the height of Klopstock’s enthusiasm for Ossian and we
shall not search in vain for signs of the bard’s influence in these
dramas, particularly in the former. One of the most important and
striking constituents of these dramas are the songs of the bards,
interspersed throughout, which are thoroughly Ossianic in tone and
spirit. Klopstock’s bards, like those of Ossian, encourage the warriors
to battle, proclaim the fame of the mighty; they tell of the deeds of
the past, and when they sing: “Höret Thaten der vorigen Zeit,” we recall
Ossian’s “tales of the times of old,” or his “deeds of other times.” The
three choruses in Sc. 3 of the _Hermannsschlacht_ beginning with this
exhortation are all decidedly Ossianic, _e. g._:

    Höret Thaten der vorigen Zeit![106]
      Zwar braucht ihr, euch zu entflammen, die Thaten der vorigen
            Zeit nicht,
        Doch tönen sie eurem horchenden Ohr
          Wie das Säuseln im Laube, wenn die Mondennacht glänzt.[107]

Compare _Messiah_, xx, ll. 495–9:

    Jetzo schwieg der Gesang; doch tönete fort der gehauchte Hall, und
    die Saite. So tönet der Hain, wenn weit in der Ferne Ströme durch
    Felsen stürzen; und nah von den Bächen es rieselt: Wenn es vom Winde
    rauscht in den tausendblättrigen Ulmen.

Ossian has numerous comparisons to wind and storm, breeze and blast and
gale, in much the same tone, for instance the following, “Berrathon,”
p. 379, ll. 1–3: “As the noise of an aged grove beneath the roaring
wind, when a thousand ghosts break the trees by night.” After the bards
have finished in the second scene, first edition, Siegmar exclaims: “Das
war gut, Barden, dass Ihr von den Thaten unsrer Väter sangt!” Compare:
“... sing nun dem Heere von den Thaten seiner Väter.” “Lathmon,” p. 272,
ll. 7–8: “Their words were of the deeds of their fathers,” etc.

When the bards in Sc. 2 sing:

    Die Räder an dem Kriegeswagen Wodans
      Rauschen wie des Walds Ströme die Gebirg’ herab!

we are reminded of the car of Cuthullin in the first book of “Fingal”
and of Ossian’s roaring streams that pour down the hills. Compare
_Hermann und die Fürsten_, Sc. 1:

              Hermann stritt.
    So stürzt von dem Gebirg herab
    Mit heulendem Sturme der Winterstrom
    Und breitet ringsum aus in dem Thal die herrschenden Wogen.

To liken a host of warriors unto a ‘gathered cloud’ or a ‘ridge of mist’
is a favorite device of Ossian, and similarly in Sc. 2 of the
_Hermannsschlacht_,[108] two choruses sing:

          ... Da zogen wir Deutschen uns
    Zusammen gleich einer Wolke.

And in the third scene a bard remarks: “Sie ziehn sich, wie ein dicker
Nebel, langsam in den Vorderbusch.” And when the bards sing in the
second scene:

    Weit halle dein Schild! dein Schlachtruf töne,
      Wie das Weltmeer an dem Felsengestade!

or in the first edition:

    Wie ein Donnersturm in dem Felsengebirg!

we can point to Ossian’s shouts that are “louder than a storm” or like
“thunder on distant hills.”

“Die Flamme des gerechten Zorns,” _Hermannsschlacht_, chorus, Sc. 3,
calls up Ossian’s ‘flame of wrath,’ but undoubtedly the Bible is the
source of both.

In Sc. 6 we have the following lines:

    Seht ihr nicht auf der Mondglanzwolke
      An der Eiche Wipfel,
        Eure Brüder schweben, und eure Väter?
      . . . . .
        Sie blicken auf euch herab.

Similarly in Ossian the ghosts of the fathers that float on clouds look
down upon the warriors.

In Sc. 11 two choruses sing:

    Wie des Wiederhalls in der Sommernacht war seines Schildes Ton,
      Wie des vollen Mondes der Glanz!

and so “Carric–Thura,” p. 151, l. 27, “That shield like the full–orbed
moon,” etc., and echoing shields without number.

One striking feature of the Highland scenery according to Ossian is the
fact that everything—forest and heath, bay and stream, grove and vale,
hill and isle, rocks and fields and banks and walls and numerous other
things—is very susceptible to the echo, “the son of the rock,” and the
fondness that Klopstock and the bards begin to exhibit for the echo
about this time must be traced back largely to Ossian. In addition to
the passage just quoted, we have in Sc. 2, _e. g._, “Wir haben ... den
Gesang in den Felsen des Wiederhalls gehört,” “Lasst die Namen ... in
allen Felsen des Wiederhalls laut tönen,” etc. In the same scene the
bards sing:

    Ruf in des Wiederhalls Felsengebirg
      Durch das Graun des nächtlichen Hains,
        Dass . . . . . .
          Es ertöne wie ein Donnersturm!

In Sc. 11: “Wiederhalls Kluft,” etc.

A few words as to the poet’s attitude towards Ossian in his old age may
complete our consideration of Klopstock. As he grew older, and other
affairs, above all else the French Revolution, began to engross his
attention, Ossian gradually lost interest for him, although he was never
entirely forgotten. As late as 1797, Klopstock writes to Böttiger under
date of November 9:[109] “Wissen Sie schon etwas von der Ausgabe von
Ossians Gesängen, die jetzt in England in seiner Sprache gemacht wird?
Ist die Übersezung getreu? Sind Anmerkungen über das Zeltische dabey?”
Unfortunately he died before the long–heralded edition was finally
published. When his enthusiastic admiration for Ossian subsided and took
on a saner aspect, when his views on the subject of the relation of the
Celts to the old German tribes assumed a more scientific character, he
could not allow Ossian to occupy the position assigned to him at first.
Although Klopstock’s fondness for the Celtic Homer diminished in the
course of years, it nevertheless possessed a more lasting character than
that of Goethe and of Schiller, to whom, as we shall see, it was merely
a passing inspiration. Klopstock’s sober second thought revealed to him
that he had occasionally gone too far in his blind adoration, and so we
find that in later revisions of his works Ossianic reminiscences are
occasionally expunged. The eulogistic verses that appeared in the first
edition of the _Gelehrtenrepublik_ (1774)[110] were omitted in the
second; the ode “Teutone” (1773) gives the first fifty–two lines of
“Unsre Sprache” (1767) almost literally, but substitutes sixteen new
lines for the eight lines of encomium found in the latter.[111] In the
first two _Bardiete_, the bards play an almost overwhelming rôle with
their numerous songs, whereas in _Hermanns Tod_ the bards appear in one
scene only, the fifteenth. Then two passages appeared in the first
edition of the _Hermannsschlacht_ that were omitted or revised in the
second, as _e. g._, the chorus beginning “Höret Thaten der vorigen
Zeit!” in Sc. 2.—Late in life Klopstock in his correspondence with
Böttiger occasionally refers to Ossian. One letter has been quoted from.
Under date of January 6, 1798, he writes to Böttiger: “Hierbey
Macd[onald] und einige Aufschr[iften]. Ich werde eher keinen bestimten
Begriff von Ossian bekommen, als bis man mir (könte es nicht Macd.
thun?) merklich verschiedene Stellen aus ihm völlig wörtlich
übersezt. Sie sehen, dass ich nur Stellen meinen kan, die Oss. gewiss
zugehören.”[112] If we read between the lines, we can see feelings of
doubt and if we are to place entire confidence in a letter of Sir James
Mackintosh to Malcolm Laing,[113] Klopstock at last lost his faith in
the authenticity of the songs of Ossian altogether—a strange ending to
his earlier unbounded enthusiasm. Sir James writes: “I consider your
Ossian and Farmer’s ‘Essay’ on Shakspeare’s pretended learning as the
two most complete demonstrations of literary positions that have ever
been produced ... You know how bitterly old Klopstock complained of you
for having dispelled his Ossianic illusions ...”


§2. The Bards.[114]—Gerstenberg.

The bardic poetry, the way for which had been prepared by Mallet’s
influential work, the _Introduction à l’histoire de Danemarc_ with its
_Supplément: Monumens de la Mythologie et de la Poësie des Celtes et
particulièrement des Anciens Scandinaves_, and which had received its
impulse from Macpherson’s Ossian, aided by the mistaken acceptation of
the _barditus_ mentioned by Tacitus, soon gained other supporters, among
whom the most prominent were Gerstenberg, Denis and Kretschmann. The
various other representatives of the poetry, which, carried to an
extreme, became ridiculous and was justly characterized as the
_Bardengebrüll_ or _Bardengeschrei_, were on the whole devoid of talent
and scarcely call for serious treatment.

Much of what has been said with reference to Klopstock’s reception
of Ossian applies also to the bards, only we see that the thing
deteriorated into a fad through imitation. It began to take on
the character of mere play; the poets styled themselves bards
and gave themselves bardic names, _e. g._, Klopstock—_Werdomar_,
Gerstenberg—_Thorlaug_, Denis—_Sined_,[115] Kretschmann—_Rhingulph_,
Hartmann—_Telynhard_, Dusch—_Ryno_, Haschka—_Cronnan_, etc.[116]

Just as Klopstock had sacrificed the lyre for the _telyn_, so his
followers. The harp of the bards replaced the Zionitic harp. The poet,
or rather bard,[117] was no longer crowned with the laurel–wreath but
with the leaf of the oak. To–day we smile at these vagaries, but these
men were very earnest in their play. Kretschmann, and not Klopstock, is
responsible for most of the nonsense. The most pleasing phase of the
movement is its patriotic character, and we must give the bards credit
for the earnestness with which they strove to inculcate a feeling for
national unity. Then they praise virtue and maidenly modesty, a cheerful
sign for that age.

If these bards had restricted themselves to singing the mighty deeds of
the past, it would not have been so bad, but when Arminius and the old
Germani had become exhausted, they came down to the present and
endeavored to surround it with an air of antiquity. As a result bardic
poetry became largely a matter of _vers d’occasion_. The unfavorable
critics seized upon the aberrations and made a laughing–stock of the
whole school, and so the few good illustrations had to suffer with the
large majority of those whose poverty of conception and general
inability have prevented their names from being handed down to
posterity. Thus long before Ossian’s influence in Germany had ceased,
bardic poetry was a thing of the past. Much of the machinery of Ossian’s
bards was borrowed by the German bardic poets and even the druids were
transferred to German soil. The old Norse mythology, which found such
ready acceptance by Klopstock and Gerstenberg, is not so important in
the poetry of Denis, Kretschmann, and the numerous minor bards. What the
bards copied then from Ossian were the general paraphernalia, the
characteristic motifs, the tone of the harp, the echoing grove, the
ghosts of the departed,[118] and the like. The love for the dismal
heath, the stormy sea, and other phases of Ossianic description of wild
and forlorn nature, can not be said to predominate in the bardic poetry,
although it is frequently noticeable, as _e. g._, in Maler Müller, who
in his bardic poetry loses himself absolutely in the Ossianic
descriptions of nature.[119] The importance of Ossian’s landscape
painting lay in the circumstance that it acted upon the mood of the
reader, and although the general tone of the nature depicted in Ossian
does not change much, it was a marked advance to have a description of
nature invested with some internal significance, to bring nature and the
feelings into interaction with each other. Ossian again and again
inserts a picture of nature at the opening of an episode and this device
was frequently copied in the bardic poetry, with this only difference:
in Macpherson the connection between the introductory description and
the following action is evident, whereas in the bardic imitations it
generally strikes the reader as something irrelevant. When Ossianic
comparisons are introduced, as they frequently are, they usually bear
the stamp of servile imitation, being cold and showing no trace of
intense personal feeling. At the same time, however, an attempt is
occasionally made to enter into the _Stimmung_ of Ossian, reflected at
first in mere imitation, but finally striking out for itself.[120] What
the bards did not copy were his peculiar delineations of character, his
management of the action,[121] although the noble qualities of Fingal
and his heroes are transferred to the princes who are being extolled.
All details will be left for the separate discussions to follow.


Heinrich Wilhelm Gerstenberg.

We have included Gerstenberg among the bards, but he was far from being
a bard as we apply that term to Denis and Kretschmann. Denis wrote
little poetry that was not in the bardic vein, whereas Gerstenberg moved
in many spheres. Gerstenberg was not a prolific writer, yet three
productions of his were quite influential in their day: The _Briefe über
Merkwürdigkeiten der Litteratur_, the _Gedicht eines Skalden_, and
_Ugolino_; and in all three the shades of Ossian are visible in one form
or another. His early productions, including the _Tändeleien_, written
in the Anacreontic manner, do not concern us here and we shall turn our
attention at once to the _Schleswigische Litteraturbriefe_.[122] An
account of the place that these letters occupy in the history of German
literature, of their tendency and their influence, would lead us too far
afield. We are interested here solely in the eighth letter and more
particularly in the first portion of the letter which discusses the
“Memoire eines Irrländers über die ossianischen Gedichte.”[123] Here for
the first time in a German journal we meet with serious doubts as to the
genuineness of the poems. Gerstenberg has occasionally been praised, and
deservedly so, for having had the sagacity to see through the forgery at
once; and he deserves particular credit also for having had the courage
to stand by his convictions and to publish personal opinions that were
almost certain to be received, if not with scorn, at least with
indifference. It was no doubt Gerstenberg to whom Herder referred in his
_Briefwechsel über Ossian_ as one who so “obstinately doubted the truth
and authenticity of the Scotch Ossian.” Gerstenberg realized that he
stood almost alone in his opinion and he refers to the unanimity of the
critics near the beginning of his letter. His doubts were not called
forth by the “Mémoire,” but had presented themselves to him upon his
first perusal of the songs. He says in the letter: “Dass entweder Hr.
Macpherson seinen Text ausserordentlich verfälscht, oder auch das
untergeschobne Werk einer neuern Hand allzu leichtgläubig für ein
genuines angenommen hätte, glaubten wir gleich aus den mancherley Spuren
des Modernen sowol, als aus den verschiednen kleinen _hints_,
die der Dichter sich aus dem Homer _x._ gemerkt zu haben schien,
wahrzunehmen.”[124] The more direct proofs he lacked at first were
furnished by the author of the “Mémoire,” a synopsis of whose arguments
he proceeds to give in a few lines, closing with the words: “... ich
enthalte mich aber eines weitern Details, da Sie diess alles in der
Urschrift selbst nicht ohne Vergnügen nachlesen werden.” It is
unfortunate that Gerstenberg did not pursue the subject further; his
views would no doubt have been exceedingly interesting and rather
refreshing. He then passes over to the _Reliques_, which he stamps as
more reliable than the songs of Ossian.

DER SKALDE (1766).—The same year in which the first two collections of
the _Schleswigische Litteraturbriefe_ were published also marks the
appearance of the _Gedicht eines Skalden_, or _Der Skalde_, as it was
called later, one of the best poems written in the bardic manner, and
one that exerted great influence upon the bardic poetry. Old Norse
mythology was here introduced and combined with a few Ossianic touches.
Knowing that Gerstenberg disbelieved in the authenticity of the poems,
we should scarcely expect traces of their influence at this time. _Der
Skalde_ actually contains but few Ossianic reminiscences, particularly
when compared with what we find in some of the poems of Denis. As Pfau
has pointed out,[125] Gerstenberg no doubt derived from Ossian the idea
of having the ghost of Thorlaug (Himintung) arise from his grave. There
is nothing in old Norse mythology corresponding to the ghost–world of
Ossian, and the only thing that distinguishes the appearance of
Thorlaug’s ghost from that of one in Ossian is that Gerstenberg has
breathed a Christian spirit into his resurrection, in contradistinction
to the dismal and sometimes terrible apparitions of Ossian. We are
reminded of Ossian’s ghosts when Gerstenberg sings:

(1. Canto.)

        ... Wo ruht
    Mein schwebender Geist auf luftiger Höh?[126]

(2. Canto.)

    Welch feierliches Graun
    Steigt langsam über diese Hügel,
    Wie im Nachtgewölk
    Neugeschiedner Seelen, auf?

           *       *       *       *       *

    Mir schwindelt! durch Jahrhunderte
    Blick’ ich, durch trübe ferne Nebel.[127]

Compare “Cath–Loda,” Duan iii, first four ll.[128] The tone is Ossianic
in the third canto when Thorlaug sings:

    Einst, da ich einsam und verlassen,
    . . . . . . . .
    Am Ufer irrt’, und jeden Hauch
    Der Luft, der nach der Küste blies,
    Mit meinen Seufzern flügelte ...[129]

‘Lonely’ and ‘forlorn’ are standing epithets of Ossian, and “Fingal,”
Bk. iv, p. 252, last line, has: “My sighs shall be on Cromla’s wind;”
etc., etc. Pfau[130] has suggested that Ossian may be responsible for
the abrupt manner in which the strife between Thorlaug and his foe is
commenced, for Ossian’s heroes are always ready to draw the sword. I
think it very questionable that Ossian’s influence was at work here.
Pfau, however, has correctly observed that the epithet ‘red’ as applied
to the eye of Thorlaug’s foe (3. Canto) must be ascribed to Ossian:

        Zur Wuth erhitzt und Funken sprühend
    Aus rothem Auge, . . . .[131]


Occasional scenic resemblances to Ossian are also found, _e. g._, in
the second canto we have the “silent stone of the hills”[132] and:

      Im Schatten dieses Eichenhains,

           *       *       *       *       *

    Die stolzesten der Wipfel rauschten,
    Und leise Bäche murmelten.

           *       *       *       *       *

    Vom Hügel braust im Bogenschuss
    Ein breiter Quell, schwillt auf zum breitern Fluss,
    Springt donnernd über jähe Spitzen,

           *       *       *       *       *

    Der volle Busen wallt auf zarten Wogen.
    Die sternenvolle Nacht umschwebet sie,
    . . . . . . . . . .
    Sieh den gelindern West ihr Haar umfliessen!
    O sieh den hellern Mond zu ihren Füssen![133]

Compare “Dar–Thula,” p. 281, ll. 23–4: “The blast came rustling in the
tops of Seláma’s groves;” “Fingal,” Bk. i, p. 216, ll. 16–7: “murmuring
rivulets;” “Temora,” Bk. iii, p. 326, l. 36–p. 327, l. 1: “On Crona ...
there bursts a stream.... It swells in its ... course.... Then comes it
white from the hill;” “Temora,” Bk. iv, p. 338, l. 33: “Streams leap
down from the rocks,” etc. Ossianic in spirit is also the following
description: (4. Canto.)

    ... rauh und wüste,
    In trübem Dunkel schauerte die Küste;
    Kein Himmel leuchtete mild durch den Hain.
    . . . . . . . . . .
    In Höhlen lauschte Graun ...
    Und was am Ufer scholl, war Kriegsgeschrei.[134]

IDUNA. ARIADNE AUF NAXOS.—Gerstenberg very soon turned his attention
completely away from the old Norse mythology and we have only one other
poem written under its spell, _Iduna_, which also contains several
traces of Ossian’s influence, _e. g._, the line: “So glitt ich auf
Dünsten dahin!”[135] “Am Busen des Windes”[136] recalls Ossian’s “on the
bosom of winds,”[137] as “Des Mädchens mit den weissen Armen”[138]
suggests Ossian’s “white armed maidens.” The influence is visible also
in occasional touches in the cantata _Ariadne auf Naxos_ (1765), for
example when Ariadne sings:

    Wie weint’ ich heimlich Freudenthränen! ach,
    Wie hob sich diese Brust!
    Wie wallte sie, ...[139]

we involuntarily recall the secret tears of joy and the rising and
swelling of the breasts of Ossian’s maidens, and when she speeds “wie
ein Strahl vom Himmel seinen Armen zu”[140] we are reminded of Ossian’s
frequent comparisons of a hero or heroine to a beam of the sky or from
heaven, or to a stream of light, to a sun–beam or a moon–beam. The
entire atmosphere of the cantata is really Ossianic: the maiden
lamenting on a desert rock surrounded by the wild ocean:

    Mit fliegendem Haare! wohin!
    Irr’ ich am Ufer, und bin
    Das Spiel der Winde![141]

What is more, the plot reminds us very much of a portion of “Berrathon,”
as will be seen by a look at the argument of the latter.

A number of Gerstenberg’s shorter poems make use of the grove with its
moss and the oak, the echo, the harp, and other bardic properties,
without, however, acquiring the real bardic character. Ossian’s
influence is here too inconsiderable to warrant a discussion of the
poems in detail.

UGOLINO.[142]—The influence that this drama, which was finished in
1767, exerted upon the _Storm and Stress_ movement, its important
bearing upon the popularization of Shakspere in Germany, and questions
of a similar tenor cannot be entered into here, yet we cannot pass by
the drama without pointing out at least some phases of Ossian’s
influence, which, while not comparable in importance to that of
Shakspere, is nevertheless not inconsiderable. The danger confronts us
of attributing Shaksperian characteristics to Ossian. The bard’s
influence is noticeable particularly in the figurative language, _e.
g._, when Ugolino in the first act says: “Dass ich nicht in dem
gerechten Zorne meiner Seele mich erheben ... konnte!”[143] Compare
Ossian’s “rage of his soul,” “rise in wrath,” and the like. In the same
act Anselmo says: “Dein Kommen ist mir erwünschter als der jugendliche
Morgen,”[144] to which compare “Comala,” p. 139, l. 22: “bright as the
coming forth of the morning.” Jacobs[145] suggests that Gerstenberg
probably had his Ossian in mind when he had Francesco say in the first
act: “Wenn er sich nur nicht ... herab stürzt, gleich dem erhabnen
Vogel, der sich ins Steinthal wirft.”[146] Compare “Temora,” Bk. ii, p.
321, ll. 31–2: “Descending like the eagle of heaven, ... the son of
Trenmor came;” Bk. viii, p. 369, ll. 11–2: “... the windy rocks, from
which I spread my eagle–wings,” etc., etc. In the second act, Anselmo
considers himself “flüchtiger als ein junges Reh,”[147] a comparison of
which Ossian is exceedingly fond.[148] Gaddo and Anselmo shed regular
Ossianic “tears of joy.” In the second act Anselmo refers to Francesco
having ridden off “auf dem Rücken des Windes”;[149] compare “The War of
Caros,” p. 193, l. 26: “The rustling winds have carried him far
away;”[150] “Temora,” Bk. viii, p. 366, l. 21: “From this I shall mount
the breeze.” Ossianic furthermore are Anselmo’s exclamations: “Lasst die
Hörner tönen am hallenden Fels!”[151] and “o du mit der finstern
Stirne!”[152] which call up Ossian’s ‘echoing rock’ and his ‘dark’ or
‘gloomy brow.’

When Gerstenberg has Ugolino say of his wife in the third act: “Kalt
[ist] der Schnee ihrer Brust,”[153] and when he speaks of the “Seufzer
ihres Busens,”[154] he was no doubt thinking of the snowy breasts of
Ossian’s maidens and of the sighs of their bosoms. In the same act
Francesco uses a comparison that is taken directly from Ossian:[155] “Du
wirst fallen,” he says, “wie der Stamm einer Eiche, alle deine Äste um
dich hergebreitet.”[156] Compare “Temora,”[157] Bk. iii, p. 328, ll.
25–6: “Like a young oak falls Tur–lathon, with his branches round him,”
etc. In the last act Ugolino, speaking of the death of his son, says:
“Wann ward dieser erste Ast vom Stamme gerissen?”[158] His opening
monolog in the fourth act shows a decided Ossianic influence; _e. g._,
“sein bleifarbigtes wässeriges Angesicht tobte vom Sturm seiner Seele;
er wälzte seine ... Augen weit hervor,”[159] etc. In Ossian we have a
“watery and dim face,” a “grey watery face,” and a soul “folded in a
storm,” and as for rolling eyes, that is a property that no Ossianic
warrior may be without, and one of the first that a _Storm and Stress_
poet would be led to adopt. Further along in the monolog, Ugolino says:
“Doch der grosse Morgen wird ja kommen! schrecklich, dunkelroth und
schwül von Gewittern wird er ja kommen! In seinem schwarzen Strahle will
ich erlöschen! In seiner gebärenden Wolke soll, wie Feuer vom Himmel,
mein Geist über Pisa stehn!”[160] This picture is as Ossianic as it can
be. The ghosts of Ossian sit upon their clouds; they ride on beams of
fire, and are compared to meteors of fire or to a terrible light.
Ossianic spirits appear again a little later in the act, when Francesco
says of Anselmo: “... seine Geister scheinen sich zu sammeln,”[161] and
in the last act, where we read of a “wandernden Geist,” which shall
remain near the beloved ones.[162] And then Francesco: “Ah! deine
Geister sind im Aufruhr! Sammle sie, geliebter theurer Anselmo.” All
this, however, is only a weak foretaste of the great importance that the
ghosts of Ossian assume in Gerstenberg’s later drama, in _Minona_, to
the discussion of which I shall proceed after a short reference to _Der
Waldjüngling_. The illustrations given are not intended to be
exhaustive, but to give a general idea of the character of Ossianic
traces as they are exhibited in the various works.

DER WALDJÜNGLING.—As an appendix to his treatise on _Ugolino_, Jacobs
published a fragment by Gerstenberg entitled _Der Waldjüngling_, which
in spirit shows a combination of Rousseau’s doctrine of the return to
nature _plus_ the leaning towards Norse antiquity, towards the poetry of
the bards. The combination is attempted by sketching the life of a
primitive man, _un homme sauvage_, transferred to the woods of
Scandinavia. The small portion of the drama that has been preserved to
us was written probably in 1770.[163]

As it incorporates the bardic spirit in its very essence, we shall not
search in vain for reminiscences of Ossian, which, as in _Ugolino_, are
met with in large part in the epithets and images. The Scandinavian
scenery partakes of the characteristics of the Scotch Highlands as
pictured by Ossian. The names of the characters, Hvanar, Cindiskraka
(cp. Ossian’s Craca), Svanhilde, Arnas, Flino, Heener, Mimur, have
Celtic as well as Germanic elements, and these characters talk much like
the characters of Ossian. Mimur, _e. g._, in l. 122 laments in the
strain of Ossian: “Ich bin alt und schwach,” etc. In l. 9, Cindiskraka
is addressed as “Du Bewohnerinn der Felshöhle mit dem krähschwarzen
Haar,” to which compare Ossian’s “dweller of the rock,”[164] and hair
“dark as the raven’s wing.”[165] Further along (l. 36) we have a flute
“Die des armen Mädchens verschwiegenen Kummer einsam seufzt.” This is a
typical line. Ossian’s maidens have a habit of sitting ‘alone,’ nursing
their ‘silent grief,’ giving vent to their sorrow in ‘secret
sighs.’—Mimur styles Hilde (l. 78) in true Ossianic language: “Der Ruhm
der Hirtinnen auf dem Gebirg,” and invests the forest youth in ll. 114–5
with the characteristic attributes of the ideal heroes of Ossian,
‘terrible’ in battle, but in peace ‘generous and mild’:[166]

    ... furchtbar an Kraft des Arms,
    Doch sanft, doch freundlich, doch gut; ...

Ossianic is Hvanar’s characterization of himself (l. 152): “Ich bin ein
Sohn des Meeres, rauh, wie der Sturm, ...” and a few Ossianic images
from nature also occur.

MINONA.—We have no conclusive proof that Gerstenberg later in life
lost his early scruples in regard to Ossian’s authenticity, but if
circumstantial evidence carry any weight, there can be no doubt that he
came to regard Ossian as genuine, at least for a time. And this
evidence is furnished by the drama _Minona_, first published in 1785,
Gerstenberg’s favorite production and one that gave him the greatest
concern in the preparation of the edition of his works late in life. For
this edition (1815–6) he worked over the entire drama and increased it
from four acts to five, and by assigning to it the place of honor at the
head of the list, furnished testimony to his fondness for this
particular child of his muse. The action of the drama is laid in Britain
in the fifth century, at the time when the Low German continental tribes
were called over by the Britons to assist them against the incursions of
the Picts. The Romans, who had refused to aid the British province
against the Picts, also play an important part. Everything is mixed
together, and of course anachronisms abound: Norse gods, skalds, druids,
bards, Ossianic spirits, all are thrown together in one multi–colored
complex. The spirit of the play is Ossianic throughout, and external as
well as internal characters of Ossian’s influence are not lacking.
Several of the characters are taken directly from Ossian, others only in
name, _e. g._, Trenmor, King of Morven; Minona, his sister; Ryno, a bard
of Ossian; Swaran, Lord of Lochlin. Edelstan, the hero, lord of
Inisthona, is a son of Frothal and a grandson of Bosmina. During the
perusal of the drama we are continually reminded that the author has
made a thorough study of his Ossian. Selma is the name of the royal
residence in Morven, just as it is in Ossian. Minona is a typical Celtic
maiden as described by Ossian, just as Ryno is the Ossianic bard _comme
il faut_. Just as Ossian’s Minona was possessed of the gift of
song,[167] so Gerstenberg’s Minona has the reputation of being the
“gesangreichste der Harfen Selma’s.”[168] In the review of the drama
that appeared in the _Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek_,[169] Minona is
characterized as “grossmüthig und liebevoll, aber auch sittsam und
duldend, eine würdige Schülerin der Barden,” and Ryno as “ein
kraftvoller, biedrer Barde.” The Roman Äzia betrothed to Aurelius, a
Roman commander, in spite of her dazzling personal charms, suffers in
comparison with the modest Celtic maiden in much the same way as the
heroes of Homer were often put to shame by their Celtic rivals.

The Ossianic scene _par excellence_ is the third division of the first
scene of the second act, where Äzia and Edelstan are interrupted in a
_tête–à–tête_ by Ryno, the bard of Ossian. Nothing can convey a better
idea of the hold that Ossian had on Gerstenberg than to quote a passage
from this scene.[170] Ryno announces himself as:

    “ehemals Ferchio’s Gefährt’ in jener berühmten Schlacht deines
    Vaters Frothal zu Inisthona, ein Barde Ossians, heisse Ryno.”

    _Edelstan._ Ryno?—ein Gefährte Ferchio’s?—ein Barde
    Ossian’s?—Welche Thaten, welche andre Zeiten, ... rufst du in mein
    Gedächtniss zurück?—Ryno?—... der mich jene unvergesslichen
    Gesänge von den Schlachten Lochlin’s lehrte, wie Ossian, die Stimme
    Selma’s, seinen geliebtern Oscar, den Mann aus andern Zeiten, nach
    Angeley—in der Sprache Morvens wie tönender! nach Inisthona—zu
    Hülfe sandte dem Vater meiner Väter, dem trauernden Annir—

    _Ryno._ Wie der blutige Cormalo dem Arm des Starken aus Morven
    erlag, ‘dass die Söhne der vergifteten Lano, wo die Wolke des Tages
    rastet, gleich dunkelbraunen Hindinnen dahinflohen, unfähig den Gram
    ihres Stolzes zu rächen;’ wie Fingals holde Tochter, Bosmina mit den
    schwarzrollenden Augen, Runa’s tönende Halle betrat, ein
    wiederkehrender Stern dem Abend der Tage Annirs:—Bosmina später
    vermählt dem gewaltigen Ina, der einzigen übriggebliebenen Stütze
    des jammernden Annir, da Ruro fiel! da Argon fiel! dem
    hinterlassenen Säuglinge Ruro’s, die Mutter des königlichen Frothal,
    der erhabne Stamm deines so herrlich wieder aufblühenden Geschlechts
    ...

    _Edelstan._ ...

    _Ryno._ ... Gesegneter, wenn ich mich dir ein Bote des Friedens
    genaht hätte, würdig erfunden, den getrennten Stamm einer Eiche
    wieder aufzurichten, dass er noch einmal umherschaue, wie er vormals
    stand, sein tausendastiges Haupt weit umher verbreitend von Selma’s
    Halle bis zur Halle Runa’s, von Inisthona’s wogigem Strande bis über
    Morven’s fernher rauschende Thale!”[171]

How characteristically a bit of Ossianic history is told here and how
faithfully the language of the poems of Ossian is copied! We should have
to search long to find a passage in German literature that shows a more
complete immersion in the spirit of Ossian.

In the scene from which we have just quoted, Fingal is called “das
finstre Auge Morvens,” Trenmor “zog mit dem Winde seiner Küste luftig
daher,” Fingal draws his sword against Lochlin “da Cuchullin unter
Swaran’s Zehntausenden schwankte,” Ossian is referred to as “die Harfe
aus andern Zeiten,”[172] etc., etc. It is scarcely necessary to give
parallels from Ossian. Any one who has ever read a poem of Ossian will
be struck by the close resemblance of all that has been quoted above.
The historical allusions, the comparisons, the metaphorical expressions,
the standing epithets, are all taken directly from the songs of Ossian.

Before taking up the spirits of Ossian, and in that connection the
lyrical passages which are given much prominence throughout the
drama—especially in the third act—I shall quote a few more instances
of borrowings from Ossian. We have in the drama a hand “blendender als
Schnee”[173] and a “blendend weisse Hand;”[174] Minona has dark–black
hair, which “floss vermuthlich in niedlichen Ringelchen über ihren
blendend weissen Nacken herunter.”[175] Ryno and Edelstan “glaubten ...
ein Sausen in der Luft zu hören, als wenn der Wind sich erhebt.”[176]
The motif of Edelstan’s delivery from the cave is taken from Ossian,
“Calthon and Colmal,”[177] as is Minona’s imprisonment in a cave on the
isle of ghosts.[178] The scenic description of the cave in which Minona
is held captive is characteristic: “Scene eine dunkle Höhle; über der
Höhle der Mond im ersten Viertel, der ein schwaches Licht in das Innere
der Höhle wirft.”[179]

Nothing gave the critics so much concern upon the first appearance of
Minona as the machinery of the spirits. They begin their influential
incantations in the second act, and from that moment on occupy a
prominent position in the economy of the play to the very end. Some of
these lyrical passages are by no means of a mean order, but we are now
and again at a loss to grasp the poet’s meaning. The critic in the _Neue
Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften_, speaking of the songs at the
close, says: “Diese Gesänge sind, uns wenigstens, verschlossene
Worte;”[180] and again, speaking of that of the spirits in the second
act: “Dass uns manche Stellen dieses Liedes ganz unerklärbar geblieben
sind, hat uns desto weniger befremdet, da, wie Ryno oben versicherte,
selbst nur wenigen Barden die ätherischen Ströme dieses Gesanges
verständlich sind.”[181] And in the same strain the critic in the
_Allgemeine Literaturzeitung_ writes: “In dem was die Geister zuletzt
singen ... sind schöne Verse: Aber manche so schwer zu verstehn, dass
der Leser, geschweige der Hörer ihren Sinn nicht fasst..”.[182] The
same reviewer refers to the unusually lofty, simple Ossianic tone of the
spirit scenes. The importance assigned to these spirits in the structure
of the drama can best be judged by reading Gerstenberg’s own view as
expressed in the second _Schreiben_ prefixed to his works: “Mit den
Ossianischen Geistern, über die mancher damalige Kunstrichter den Kopf
schüttelte bin ich weniger verlegen: sie sind die Unterlage des
Ganzen, und ich brauche der Anlage nach, ihnen nur mehr Spielraum zu
verschaffen; mein Drama von den Angelsachsen würde nicht zugleich meine
Oper von Minona und der Zukunft seyn, wenn ich die Geister aus dem
Spiele liesse.”[183] This is not the place to discuss the question
whether Gerstenberg was justified in the introduction of this mystic
spirit–world into his drama, and so I shall proceed to look at the songs
at once. The ghosts, or rather the voices of the ghosts, make their
first appearance, as has been observed, in the second act. Minona,
captive in the cave is singing a song to the accompaniment of the harp,
when enchanting spirit voices become audible and cause her to be filled
with rapture. This song, in which she is interrupted, as well as her
other airs and recitatives, are Ossianic in tone and motif, indeed,
wherever Gerstenberg falls into the lyric strain, Ossian’s influence
becomes apparent in one feature or another:

    In deiner süssen Stimme will ich zittern,
      Ein Seufzer der Liebe,
      Süss wie ein Harfenton!
    Wenn leisere Luft dich umweht,
    Vernimm das Wehen meiner Liebe:
      Minonens Geist schwebt über dir!
    . . . . . . .
    Hinweg du Wolke zwischen ihm und mir!
      Horch! durch die Halle saust
      Der Wind der Mitternacht.[184]

Minona gives expression to her rapture in ecstatic terms, of course in
Ossianic language, and what is more, in Macpherson’s rhythmic prose. A
paragraph or two may serve for illustration:

    Diese Fluth von wunderbaren Tönen, die sich wie ein Meer über mich
    ausgiesst, die durch den hohlen Abgrund der Felsen im Donner des
    Wohllauts daher rollt, ist sie ein Spiel der Lüfte in den Wölbungen
    der Tiefe? widerprallend an den jähen Wänden des innern
    Gebirgs?[185]

    [Ist’s] Vielleicht Fingal’s Schild aus der hängenden Wolke herab?
    vielleicht Fingals geistige Hand, die an dem Schilde vorüberrauscht?

    Vielleicht die tonvolle Harfe aus andern Lüften, Ossians Harfe aus
    andern Zeiten?[186]

These voices have given Minona a foretaste of the delights beyond the
grave:

    Wo, mich schwesterlich bewillkommend, Malvina, Bosmina, Comala,
    Guthona, die holdseligen, von ihrem und meinem Ossian so edel
    besungenen, Töchter der Vorzeit alle, in der Begeisterung seines
    erhabenen Gesanges zu seinen Füssen hingelagert und horchend,
    beisammen sässen, und ich, seine neu angelangte ... Zuhörerin, in
    Wonnethränen der namenlosesten Gefühle überflösse![187]

The ghosts that chant these songs are endowed with all the qualities of
their Ossianic prototypes—especially with the gift of foretelling the
future—and why should they not, seeing that they are intended to
represent the incarnation of the songs of Ossian.[188] They are the
spirits of Ossian, and the spirits of Ossian “sind die veredelte
Menschlichkeit selbst.”[189] As for the songs of the ghosts, the solos,
duets, choruses, and what not, as they begin in this act and are
continued throughout the third and fifth acts, it would be impossible to
take up each verse in detail. Suffice it to say, that the songs bear the
ideal stamp of the influence of Ossian, which is expressed in more ways
than one. I quote one or two passages in illustration. Several voices
sing in the second act:

    Stolzern Tritts erhebt vom Saum der Wolke sich
    Fingal, den Arm auf seinen Schild gelehnt.[190]

Compare “Fingal,” Bk. vi, p. 261, l. 24: “Fingal leaned on the shield;”
also Ossian’s skirt, edge, or side of the cloud. So in the third act
Minona sings:

    Schnell wie ein Blitz der Mitternacht,
    Zerriss, aus seiner Wolke Saum,
    Der Felsen aufgethürmte Last
    Ein stärkrer unnennbarer Arm.[191]

Compare “The War of Inis–Thona,” p. 206, ll. 15–6: “Stormy clouds ...
their edges are tinged with lightning,” etc.—Minona is referred to by
the ghosts as the ‘daughter of Selma,’ and Edelstan as the ‘star of
Inis–Thona,’ and the ‘star of night.’ Towards the end of the third act
the voices sing:

    Auf flügelschnellster der Stürme,
    Gleit’ auf der Woge dahin

           *       *       *       *       *

    Rolle deine krausen Locken
    Im Silberschaume der Fluth!

           *       *       *       *       *

    Fahr’ hin auf dem röthesten Strahle des Dampfs,[192]
    Und hole vom Mond mir den Blitz herab![193]

In rebellious opposition to these spirits of Ossian are the druids, who
refer to the songs of the ghosts as “die verführerischen Gesänge
Ossians, des Tonangebers der ganzen harfnenden Bande,”[194] and again as
“die aufrührerischen Gesänge eines unserer Barden—Ossian hiess der
Erzketzer.”[195] The druids rely on the spirits of Brumo,[196] the god
of human sacrifice, and Brumo’s spirits, says the chief druid, “pflegen
nicht in dieser weibisch weichen ... Ossianssprache ... zu reden.”[197]
Brumo corresponds very closely to Ossian’s Loda, to his ‘terrible spirit
of the circle of stones.’ Ossian likewise furnished abundant material
for the rites of the druids as they are described in the last act.

In addition to the songs of the ghosts, we have two _Bardiete_ in the
drama, one in Act 4, 8, the other in Act 4, 9. Needless to say, Ossian’s
influence is plainly discernible. The first begins thus:

    Aufdämmernd hinter Wolken schlief
    Der junge Morgen im trüberen Roth!...
    . . . . . . . .
    Und warnend thürmte die Wolke sich auf;
    Und aus der Wolke brach, verkündigt von Blitz,
    Mit tausend Spiessen der Tag hervor.[198]

In the first edition the ending of the drama was somewhat differently
motivated, inasmuch as Äzia, clothed in the armor of a warrior, allows
herself to be captured by some of Edelstan’s soldiers and makes an
attempt to assassinate Minona, but is foiled in the effort by Ryno.
Undoubtedly this motif of the disguise was taken from Ossian, where we
find almost a dozen examples of maids taking on the disguise of a
youth.[199]

Many of the geographical and historical notes to the drama are based
upon Macpherson, “dessen historische Data noch Niemand angefochten
hat.”[200] From the notes to the first edition of _Minona_ we can get
some idea of Gerstenberg’s opinion of Ossian in the middle of the
eighties. He says in note 8: “Auch können wir uns aus dem Ossian, dessen
historische Data wenigstens itzt keinen Einwand mehr leiden, wenn gleich
die Ächtheit seiner gegenwärtigen epischen und dramatischen Gestalt noch
etwaz zweydeutig seyn möchte, ganz vernünftig überzeugen,” etc. And in
note 14 he writes: “Es wäre ein gut Theil gewagter gewesen, einer alten
Chronik, als der lautern Quelle Ossians nachzuspüren.” Another note (the
10th) gives evidence of the popularity that Ossian still enjoyed as late
as 1785: “Was übrigens die ossianische Urkunde von Inisthona betrifft,
... so hat sich der Verfasser berechtigt geglaubt, diese Geschichte als
aus einem der classischen Werke unsers Jahrhunderts allgemein bekannt
vorauszusetzen...”. These notes are omitted in the final version of
1815, a fact which leads me to believe that Gerstenberg’s early scruples
returned to him late in life. _Minona_ had served to dispel them
momentarily, but no doubt the unsatisfactory character of the _Report of
the Committee of the Highland Society_ and the aspersions cast upon
Macpherson’s translation by Ahlwardt served to reëstablish them in his
wavering mind.


§3. Johann Nepomuk Cosmas Michael Denis.[201]

No one did more to increase the knowledge of Ossian in Germany and to
enlarge the sphere of his influence there, than did the Jesuit Michael
Denis, a native of Bavaria, who took up his residence in Vienna early in
life and there spent the remainder of his days. Although himself the
author of a considerable number of poetic productions, his contemporary
fame was based primarily upon his translation of Ossian, which created a
great stir at the time of its appearance, setting all the previous
efforts at translation in the shade for good and all. It remained for
many years the standard, the classical German translation of the works
of Ossian, in spite of the fact that the mold in which it is cast
aroused the most violent opposition from many quarters.

Denis had been led to the study of English by his admiration for
Klopstock’s _Messiah_, the prototype of which, _Paradise Lost_, he was
desirous of reading in the original. When he began his translation in
1767, he was well equipped for the task as far as a knowledge of the
language is concerned, and the true poetical genius that he lacked was
compensated for in large measure by the sincere enthusiasm with which he
set about his task. A serious obstacle presented itself at the very
outset: there was not a copy of Macpherson’s Ossianic poems to be had in
Vienna. Nothing daunted, Denis commenced by translating from Cesarotti’s
Italian translation—which had appeared at Padua in 1763[202]—a fact
that explains the presence of the notes from Cesarotti interspersed
throughout his translation. Fortunately he soon obtained a copy of the
English original from Prague, whereupon he destroyed all he had so far
done and started in afresh. His enthusiasm for the _Messiah_ led to the
choice of the hexameter for his translation. Denis was a very rapid
worker, a quality that stood him in good stead in the manufacture of the
many occasional poems that emanated from his pen. Once on the right
track, he worked at his translation with the utmost diligence and
persistence and pushed it rapidly to a conclusion, volumes 1 and 2
appearing in 1768, and volume 3 in the following year. The two editions
that appeared simultaneously apparently found a ready sale. In the
preface to the first volume, Denis confesses what an instantaneous
effect the songs of Ossian had upon him. “Kaum hatte ich ein paar
Gedichte durchgelesen,” he says, “als ich ihn in meinen Gedanken Homern
und Virgiln an die Seite setzte.” And when Ossian received Klopstock’s
stamp of approval, Denis was overjoyed. “Wie froh war ich! Ich fieng zu
übersetzen an.”[203] At the conclusion of the preface he expresses
doubts as to the gracious reception of the translation: “Ossian ist viel
zu sonderlich,” he thinks, “viel zu _unmodern_, viel zu unterschieden
von denen Dichtern, die man immer in den Händen hat. Allein, wenn man
nur einmal mit seinem Geiste bekannter wird, wenn seine Art sich
auszudrücken durch ein wiederholtes Lesen ihre Ungewöhnlichkeit
verlieret, dann, dächte ich, sollte er nach dem _Engländer_ am ersten
bei einem _Deutschen_ sein Glück machen.” It was only a few years later
that the real Ossian craze began in Germany, and then Denis was to
realize that these _unmodern_ poems with their sentimental coloring
appealed even more strongly to the German soul than they did to the
English.

Dr. Blair’s arguments were not needed to convince Denis of the
authenticity of the poems. He could not accept as spurious poems whose
author he had in his first enthusiasm placed by the side of Homer and
Vergil, unless irrefutable proof of forgery were given, and this was not
forthcoming. And so when Dr. Blair in the appendix to his “Dissertation”
in the edition of 1765 undertakes to defend the poems for external
reasons also, Denis is led to remark: “Alle diese Gründe dürften für
England und Irland, wo vielleicht Scheelsucht und Partheylichkeit
Zweifler erwecket haben mag, nöthiger seyn. Einen von Vorurtheilen
freyen deutschen Kenner wird immer der innere Gehalt genugsam
überzeugen, das[s] Ossians Gedichte nicht unterschoben, sondern wahrhaft
alte Gedichte sind.” Denis never took the trouble to institute any
original researches or to devote himself to a serious study of this
field, but accepted the genuineness of the poems as a matter of course.
The unanimity of the German critics allowed no scruples to arise in his
mind to vex him.

The reception granted the translation was most flattering indeed, and
Denis could not but feel completely satisfied with the result of his
labors. Nicolai, _e. g._, writes from Berlin, as early as Nov. 14, 1769:
“Ihre vortreffliche Übersetzung des Ossian, ist auch in unsern
Gegenden in den Händen aller Kenner; ich auch habe sie mit grossem
Vergnügen gelesen, und sie stets für eins der wichtigsten Neuen Werke
gehalten.”[204] Gleim sends Denis his ‘poetical trifles,’ “aus
Dankbarkeit vornehmlich für das Vergnügen, welches der deutsche Ossian
ihm machte.”[205] Denis writes in the preface to Vol. 3: “Seitdem der
erste Band dieser Uebersetzung in Deutschland bekannt geworden ist, sind
mir verschiedene Beweise zugekommen, dass sie dort ganz gut aufgenommen
worden sey, wo ich es am meisten wünschte.” The reviews in the _Neue
Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften_, in the _Allgemeine Deutsche
Bibliothek_, in the _Göttingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen_, and
elsewhere, all were extremely gratifying, and only one note of
disapproval insisted upon asserting itself, a note that found most
emphatic expression in the _Erfurtische gelehrte Zeitungen_: the form of
the translation met with pronounced opposition. The most important of
these reviews is that in the _Allgemeine Deutsche Bibliothek_. It was
written by Herder, who designates the departure as “neu und schön,” and
refers to the poems of Ossian as “diese kostbaren Ueberbleibsel aus der
alten celtischen oder gallischen Sprache.” But soon doubts arise: “So
sind also die Gedichte Ossians in Hexameter übersezt—aber würde Ossian,
wenn er in unsrer Sprache sie abgesungen, sie hexametrisch abgesungen
haben? oder wenn die Frage zu nah und andringend ist; mag er in seiner
Originalsprache den Hexameterbau begünstigt haben? ... Oder ...: thut
Ossian in seinem homerischen Gewande eben die Würkung, als Ossian der
Nordische Barde?”[206] Here was the rub: Denis had given Ossian, the
Gaelic bard, the ‘rough, sublime Scotchman’ in the measure of a Greek
rhapsodist. “Vielleicht aber wird er dadurch verschönert, und gleichsam
classisch? Er mag es werden: nur er verliert mehr, als er gewinnt, den
_Bardenton seines Gesangs_.”[207] The translation makes an epic, a
heroic impression, but does not reproduce its natural Scotch heroic
impression. Herder proceeds to show how Ossian and Homer are antitheses
in almost every respect, and holds that in consequence the difference in
expression should be emphasized by the choice of different meters.
Although Herder regards many of Denis’s hexameters as melodious and
euphonious, he opines that the free meters introduced by Klopstock in
his odes are better adapted to a translation of the bard. That the
translation made a favorable impression upon Herder in spite of its
metrical drawbacks is evidenced by the concluding lines of the
review: “Wir freuen uns überhaupt auf die ganze Fortsetzung der
Dennisschen Arbeit mehr, als auf manche neuere süsslallende Originale in
Deutschland, und wünschen, dass Ossian der Lieblingsdichter junger
epischer Genies werde!”[208] Herder here had in mind Vol. 1 only; his
review of Vols. 2 and 3 did not appear until three years later, in 1772,
being written at about the same time as the “Auszug aus einem
Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker,” which opened the
_Blätter von Deutscher Art und Kunst_.[209] His view–point and line of
argument are to all intents and purposes identical in the review and the
essay. In the review he laments: “Noch immer Ossian der Hexametrist, der
Klopstockianer, da man Ossian den kurztönenden, unregelmässigen
Celtischen Barden hören sollte.”[210] Again and again Herder returns to
the attack; he can not reconcile the smooth poetry of Denis with the
unpolished bard. The soft lyric cadence of Denis’s verses appeals to
Herder, to be sure, but “hier, so sanft, so vieltönig und schön sie sey,
hier passet sie Ossianen oft so an, als etwa einen Samojedischen
Gesandten bey der russischen Gesetzkommission das Ceremonienkleid des
Hofmarschalls.”[211] But not alone the hexameters aroused Herder’s
dissatisfaction; his displeasure increases when he views Denis’s attempt
to translate a poem in the measure employed by Gerstenberg in his
_Gedicht eines Skalden_. Here Denis employs rime with poor success, and
we must agree with Herder when he says: “Denis gelingen nicht
Reime!”[212]

There was still another side from which Herder attacked the translation;
he was not content with the language employed, which he did not consider
natural enough; too many words were not sufficiently indigenous. “War
Ossian nicht unser Bruder?” he asks, “und welch’ ein Glück, welch ewiges
Verdienst wäre es, ihn so zu verdeutschen, als ob er, ein Deutscher
gewesen wäre: das er doch, der Hälfte nach, gewesen ist.”[213]

I hinted above that Herder was not the only critic who was ill–pleased
with Denis’s choice of the hexameter. A similar chord is struck in other
reviews, in the introductions to several later translations, and
elsewhere.

The most appreciative notice of Denis’s translation was that in the
_Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften_. From beginning to end the
review teems with praise for the translator, as well as for old Ossian
himself. “Wir haben die Entdeckung der Gedichte Ossians,” begins the
critic, “immer für eine der wichtigsten Begebenheiten dieses
Jahrhunderts in der Geschichte des Witzes und Geschmacks unsers
Jahrhunderts gehalten. Ihre Avthenticität ist nunmehro eben so sehr
entschieden, als ihre Vortrefflichkeit.”[214] Not only does the critic
refrain from discountenancing the employment of the hexameter, but, like
the reviewer in the _Hamburgischer Correspondent_, he even expresses his
admiration for the verses. “In der That,” he says, “haben wir kaum
wohlklingendere deutsche Hexameter gesehen.”[215] In order to bring the
value of the poetical translation more vividly before the reader, an
extract from Denis’s translation is given[216] and compared with a
literal prose translation that follows.[217] The value of such long
extracts must not be underestimated. They occurred frequently and no
doubt aroused an interest in the original in many a reader. As an
illustration of the lyrical measure in which Denis translated the
distinctively lyrical passages of Ossian, Carril’s song on the death of
Crugal is given.[218] Besides we have an extract from the beginning of
“Comala” and a prose version of the extract for comparison. “Comala” is
one of the poems that Denis had clothed in rime, giving it the form of a
modern _Singspiel_, and with this raiment the reviewer is not quite
satisfied. Other voices were raised in opposition to the general form
Denis had given the dramatic poem. The latter, appreciating the justice
of the position of the critics, changed the structure for the edition of
1784,[219] but at the same time inserted the poem in its original form
in another volume,[220] in order to satisfy those who preferred it in
that shape. The objection to the first form of “Comala” we find also in
the review in the _Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen_, where the critic
writes: “Die Comala deucht uns nicht sehr glücklich ausgefallen zu
seyn.... Will man sagen: es sey Ossians Comala in ein Singspiel
verwandelt, so sind wir zufrieden. Aber Ossian ist es nicht.”[221]
Otherwise this review of the first volume of Denis’s translation is full
of compliments to the genius of the translator. The critic expresses the
opinion that the poems of Ossian have gained much by the new form.
Especially does the hexameter tend to give “Fingal” the character of a
true epic. On the whole, the reviewer is as much impressed with the
necessity of the translation on the one hand as with the beauty of the
original on the other, “Es kan diese Uebersetzung nach unserm deutschen
epischen Originaldichter [Klopstock] billig gesetzet werden, billig
einen nahen Platz erhalten; selbst in so fern der alte Barde mit unserm
Gefühl, und mit unsern National–Begriffen von den ersten Zeiten weit
mehr übereinstimmt, als ein Homer und Virgil.”[222]

I shall refrain from a detailed discussion of the character of the
translation and would refer the reader to Hofmann–Wellenhof’s biography,
pp. 163–91. Denis’s was the first translation to give the works of
Ossian in full, and attracted attention by reason of that fact alone. He
adhered as closely as possible to the original, but from the very nature
of the case, he had often to expand.[223] Provincialisms abound. It
cannot be denied that he failed to reproduce the spirit as given to the
original by Macpherson, yet when all is said, Denis’s translation is
_facile princeps_ among the complete German translations. The hexameters
lend an air of stateliness and dignity to the poems and give them more
the air of a classic. What is more, the novel introduction of hexameters
evoked a lively discussion and so stimulated the popular interest in
Ossian. The translation became a model for the school of the bards, most
of whom derived their knowledge primarily from the version of their
revered _confrère_. During Denis’s lifetime, that is, until the opening
of the new century, his translation remained the standard for
Germany.[224] About the time of his death, the so–called Gaelic
original began to occupy the chief attention, and when Ahlwardt’s
translation from the Gaelic appeared, it superseded that of Denis in the
popular favor for a time, that is to say, until it began to be suspected
that the Gaelic original was not all that was claimed for it.

The first collection of Denis’s poems, of the songs of Sined, appeared
in 1772 under the title of _Die Lieder Sineds des Barden_. We have not
far to go to discover a typical instance of the nature of Ossian’s
influence. The very first poem, “An Ossians Geist,” will serve as a
splendid example. The poem begins as follows:

    Im schweigenden Thale des Mondes
    Umkränzet von heiligen Eichen
    Da walten die Geister der Barden,

           *       *       *       *       *

    Sie schweben auf Silbergewölken
    Den thauigten Abhang herunter,

           *       *       *       *       *

    Dann heben sich Lieder der Vorzeit,
    Und Harfen begleiten die Lieder,
    Und sanftester Nachhall entzücket
          Die lauschenden Wälder und Fluren umher.[225]

And so on. It is scarcely necessary to point out how closely the
Ossianic spirit and nature coloring have been adhered to. The Ossianic
paraphernalia are all present, the silent vale,[226] the moon, the
sacred oaks, the ghosts of the bards, the clouds upon which they float
along the sides of the mountains,[227] the songs of the times of old
attuned to the accompaniment of the harp; not even the echo is missing,
resounding from woods and fields. These and similar Ossianic properties
are continually resorted to in Denis’s bardic productions. They give an
archaic character to the whole, and lend a certain picturesqueness to
the scene—when not employed to excess. We have further along “Saiten
von Selma,” Ossian’s oft repeated ‘harp of Selma,’ “Zähren der Wehmuth,”
“Wipfel der Eichen,” “moosige Trümmer,” etc. Denis proceeds to narrate
the principal subjects of the poems of Ossian, and then confesses what
an effect Ossian made upon him from the very outset; he tells us how he
persisted in his purpose in spite of the fact that many of his old
listeners deserted him. He concludes with the following lines:

    Und, Vater von Oscar![228] dein Folger
    Bey kommenden Altern zu heissen!
    Ha! dieser Gedanke gesellt mich
          Im schweigenden Thale des Mondes zu dir![229]

We should expect Denis, as a strong admirer and pupil of Klopstock, to
follow in the footsteps of his master by introducing the old Norse
mythology into his bardic efforts. As a matter of fact, however, it is
almost completely lacking, a circumstance perhaps best explained by his
religious calling.[230] About the sole indications of an interest in Old
Norse are the seven songs following the first poem. Being translations
and paraphrases of Old Norse material, they do not concern us here.

Next come a number of occasional poems addressed to Maria Theresa and to
Joseph II. On pages 85–143 we have the “Bardenfeyer am Tage Theresiens,”
first published in Vienna in 1770, in which the various offices and
qualities of the empress are sung by different bards. The spirit of
Klopstock and Ossian hovers over all these poems, as will appear from
the extracts to follow. We shall notice also that the bardic machinery
and Ossian’s imagery are not neglected. The bards are described as “Die
Geber des Ruhmes, die Söhne der Lieder,”[231] and are endowed with all
the other characteristics of those of Ossian, as, for example, with the
power of looking into the future.[232]

The poem “An Ossians Geist” showed us that Denis adopted the spirit
world of Ossian, and like Klopstock and Gerstenberg, he has ghosts
appear on all possible occasions, _e. g._, in “Theresia die Fürstinn,”
which begins (p. 89):

    Neiget euch nieder aus luftigen Hallen,
    Herrscher der Vorzeit im Schmucke Walhallas!
          Väter von Habsburg! neiget euch her![233]

So in Ossian “the forms of the fathers bend” from their ‘cloudy–hall.’

In the same poem (p. 92) we have a “verfinsterte Seele,” Ossian’s
‘darkened soul.’[234]

In the next poem, “Theresia die Gattinn,” we have several Ossianic
expressions, _e. g._ (p. 98):

    Er zog einher dem Hirschen gleich

           *       *       *       *       *

    In Rabenlocken fiel sein Haar.

We have had occasion before to point out Ossian’s comparisons to a deer,
and his locks black as a raven’s wings. Theresa, in true Ossianic
manner, is compared to the rainbow, a star, a pine,[235] etc., and in
the following poem she is said to be fairer than the moon or an
oak.[236] After the death of her husband she often visits his grave:

    “Dort pfleget Sie der Wehmuth Lust,”[237]

“the joy of grief.” His ghost, of course, does his duty and pays her an
occasional visit.[238]

A truly Ossianic picture and comparison are given in the third stanza of
the following poem, “Theresia die Mutter” (p. 103):

      Schön ist an des Himmels
      Blauem Nachtgesichte
        Dünsteloser Mond,
      Wenn er unter Sternen
      Sanftbeleuchtend wandelt;
    Aber schöner ist doch Eine noch.

Ossian’s maidens are generally either “bright as the sun–beam,” or else
“fair as the moon.” Compare also Ossian’s apostrophe to the moon,
beginning of “Dar–Thula.” In another line of the poem (p. 106) we have
“Seelen schmelzen” and likewise in “Calthon and Colmal,” p. 183, ll.
21–2: “The soul ... melted;” “Temora,” Bk. ii, p. 318, ll. 3–4, etc.,
etc.

The tenth stanza of “Theresia die Kriegerinn” is decidedly Ossianic:

        Da rollete schnell von Thränen ein Guss
    Die bärtigsten Wangen der Männer herab;
        ... da flogen, wie Blitz
          Die wogigten Scheiden empor.[239]

Compare “Carric–Thura,” p. 149, ll. 35–6: “The tear rolled down her
cheek,” etc. The comparison of swords to lightning, to beams of fire, or
to meteors occurs again and again in Ossian.[240] In the following
stanza the rush of the warriors is described (p. 110):

    ... so stürmet der Wind
      Die Blätter des Hayns im Herbste mit sich.

Ossian is very fond of comparing the rush of a host to the wind.[241]
Bartmar has to sing of battle, and it is not astonishing that we find in
his song more traces of Ossian’s influence than in any other song of the
“Bardenfeyer,” the general peaceful atmosphere of which does not offer
the same possibilities for the insertion of Ossianic material. The
ghosts of the fallen warriors make their appearance before the close of
the battle. Theresa’s eye makes the warrior bold:

    Und furchtbar im Flügel der düsteren Schlacht.
      Sie standen, ein Fels, und rollten den Schwall
        Der Krieger aus Norden zurück.[242]

Ossian’s warriors are ‘terrible’ and ‘dark’ in battle, they “stand like
a rock”[243] and roll back the foe. Compare “Temora,” Bk. ii, p. 318,
ll. 17–8: “Conar was a rock before them: broken they rolled on every
side;” etc. Another stanza, the twenty–second, shows a close resemblance
to an Ossianic image (p. 112):

      “Doch wie sich der Lenz in Schauergewölk
    Itzt hüllet, und itzo sein holdes Gesicht
      Den Fluren entdeckt;”

Compare “Fingal,” Bk. vi, p. 265, ll. 22–4: “Like the sun in a cloud,
when he hides his face ..., but looks again on the hills of grass!”
Furthermore we have in the same poem (p. 113) a “Stein des Ruhmes,”[244]
Ossian’s “stone of fame”[245] or “stone of renown.”[246]

The following poem, “Theresia die Fromme,” contains but few traces of
Ossian’s influence. An expression borrowed directly from Ossian,
however, is the “enge Haus,”[247] the “narrow house,” the grave,
occurring continually in the poems of Ossian, _e. g._, “Oithona,” p.
173, l. 36, etc., etc. “Theresia die Weise” also contains a direct
borrowing from Ossian, viz., Denis calls the echo (p. 128) “die Tochter
des Felsen” just as Ossian styles it “the son of the rock.” Another
Ossianic reminder is contained in the second stanza of this poem. The
bard remarks (p. 126):

    Oder, wenn ich den Fall eines der blühenden
      Heldensöhne beseufzte,
        Dem im Felde sein Hügel stieg.

Ossian’s bards “mourn those who fell”[248] and the warrior’s
resting–place is marked by a hill or stones.—“Krümmungen heller Bäche”
(p. 126) recall Ossian’s “bright winding streams.”[249]

I have had occasion several times to refer to the transitoriness of the
warrior’s life as continually harped upon by Ossian. The soldier’s name
is preserved in two ways, as was that of Fingal, _i. e._, in the song of
the bards, and secondly by the stones over his grave. Bearing in mind
that Denis translates ‘stones’ by ‘Trümmer,’ note the following lines
(p. 131):

    Menschen schwinden hinweg. Lassen sie Thaten nach,
    Dann nennt Trümmer und Lied Thaten und sie zugleich

Ossianic is the phrase in “Theresia die Gütige” (p. 138):

    Bis im Felde keine Spur
      Unsrer Pfade mehr
        Sichtbar ist.

So Fingal, Bk. v, p. 256, l. 27: “My footsteps [shall] cease to be
seen;” etc.

The collection of occasional poems that follows the “Bardenfeyer” is
addressed to Joseph II. Bardic properties are employed here in a similar
manner as in the poems of the preceding series, but otherwise Ossian’s
influence is almost inappreciable. The opening lines (p. 144), beginning
“O Geist der Lieder!”[250] are truly Ossianic. A comparison borrowed
from Ossian is found in “Josephs Erste Reise” (p. 151):

                ... der im Frieden,
            Aehnlich dem Adler am Felsengipfel,
    Mit wachem Auge ruhet, und adlerschnell
    Auf Störer seiner Ruhe sich niedersenkt.
      Sie bluten, liegen, und der Sieger
         Schwebet zurücke zum Felsengipfel.

And now for a few passages from “Temora.” Bk. ii, p. 319, ll. 32–3: “The
eyes of Morven do not sleep. They are watchful, as eagles, on their
mossy rocks;” p. 321, ll. 31–3: “Descending like the eagle of heaven,
... the son of Trenmor came.” Bk. iii, p. 330, ll. 11–2: “They return
..., like eagles to their ... rock, after the prey is torn on the
field.” Another Ossianic comparison is the following (p. 155): “Die
Fürsten stehn, Zwo Sonnen.” See “Temora,” Bk. vi, p. 349, l. 27: “Yet is
the king ... a sun ...,” etc. The “Zweite Reise” contains a stanza that
is modeled closely after a passage in Ossian (“Temora,” Bk. ii, p. 323,
ll. 11–20):

    Die Kinder Teuts ... sollten nur

           *       *       *       *       *

    Die Stelle zeichnen, wo sich umarmeten
    Die Grössten Deutschlands, Joseph und Friederich,
      Hin Eichen pflanzen, dass die spätsten
        Enkel im Schatten sich diess erzählten.

In the poem, “Die Säule des Pflügers,” we encounter the following
Ossianic reminiscences (p. 166): “In der Seele des Barden ist Licht des
Liedes.”[251] And (p. 167):

    Flügel des Blitzes hatte der hohe Gedanke,
    Welcher dem Herrscher die Seele durchfuhr.[252]

In the same poem we have the Ossianic comparison (p. 168): “Die Seele so
still, Wie scheidende Sonnen.”[253]

The poem “Auf den Oberdruiden an der Rur” and the following ones written
in the bardic spirit contain Ossianic touches here and there in much the
same way. “An einen Bardenfreund,” contains some verses of Ossianic
description (p. 175):

    In den Tagen des Herbsts, wenn sich der Abend bräunt,
    Irr’ ich einsam den Hayn, irr’ ich die Fluren durch,

           *       *       *       *       *

    Ja, dann seyd ihr vor mir, Wälder mit seufzenden
    Tannen! bist du vor mir, sprudelnder Erlenbach!
        Und ihr Teiche voll Schilfes!
            Von dem kühlenden West’ umrauscht.

The autumn, the darkening evening, the lonely wanderer in the grove and
on the heath, the sighing pines, “the breeze in the reeds of the
lake,”[254] combine to form an ideal Ossianic picture. More of the same
kind is found in the poem.—“Der Strahl aus Osten” referring to the sun,
as employed in the next poem, “Auf das Haupt der Starken bei den
Markmännern” (p. 180) is undoubtedly Ossian’s “beam of the east.”[255]

In a poem addressed to Gleim, “Auf den Bardenführer der Brennenheere,”
Denis refers to his translation of Ossian and to the favorable reception
accorded it by Gleim (p. 186):

      Ossians erhabne
      Lieder nachzustimmen
    Rang es,[256] und errang mir einen Gleim.

On pp. 189–90 we read:

      Aber du, Gespielinn
      Meiner Lieder, Harfe!
        Theuer bist du mir,
      Seit du mir mit Morvens
      Neugeweckten Klängen
    Dieses Mannes Herz gewonnen hast.

“An Friedrichs Barden” (Ramler) breathes the bardic spirit more
intensely than some of the others we have been considering. When Denis
calls ‘Thaten’ ‘Flammen’ (p. 191), we recall Ossian’s “Our deeds are
streams of light.”[257] Denis’s druids dwell in caves, as they do in
Ossian. “Druiden locket er hervor Aus ihrer Höhle,” he sings (p. 195) in
“An den Oberbarden der Pleisse” (Weisse) and so Ossian addresses the
druid as the “dweller of the rock.”[258]

The next song is addressed “An den Beredtesten der Donaudruiden” (Ignaz
Wurz). The word ‘schwellen’ in the expression “Thränen Schwellen in ...
Augen” (p. 199) no doubt goes back to Ossian; compare “Dar–Thula,” p.
286, l. 17: “Tears swell in her ... eyes!” Denis uses the word
frequently in other connections.[259]

Kretschmann’s poem, “Rhingulphs Lied an Sined,” which follows, is
answered by Denis in “Sineds Gesicht, Rhingulphen dem Freunde der
Geister gewidmet,” a poem teeming with Ossianic properties, the ghosts
playing an especially prominent part. Intensely Ossianic is the
following comparison (p. 207):

    Und meine Freude . . . . . .
    War, wie des Mondes Antlitz, wenn ein Dunst
    Sich von der Erde schwingend es beschleicht.[260]

The ghost tells Denis that Rhingulph (p. 209):

    ... nannte dich den Freund an Ossians Busen,
          Dem Ossian am Abend seiner Augen
                    Die Harfe liess.—

In a note to “Sineds Gesicht,” Denis quotes Kretschmann’s reply, in
which the latter addresses him as “Sined, treuster Freund von Fingals
Sohne!” and exclaims: “Hätt’ ich Ullins Lieder, böth ich dir sie
an.”[261]—The succeeding poem, “An einen Jüngling,” enjoins a youth to
conduct himself so that his fame may go down in the songs of the bards,
that darkness may not dwell around his grave, that his name may not die
like the thunder echoed by the hills, and gives him much similar advice
such as Ossian was accustomed to extend to his Celtic heroes.

“Sineds Vaterlandslieder,” a series of four poems, contain the
never–failing Ossianic paraphernalia as before. The bard sings in a
grove, reclining upon moss in the shade of an oak, with the breeze
trembling through the leaves and sighing in the harp.[262] In the
opening line of the next poem, “Sineds Morgenlied,” the poet calls upon
the harp to descend (p. 232): “Harfe! steig nieder.” Compare “Urlaub von
der sichtbaren Welt” (p. 283):

    Steig nieder, Schattenharfe!
    Vom wiegenden Zweige der Tanne!

The ‘Schattenharfe’[263] is Ossian’s ‘shadowy harp,’ “Temora,” Bk. vii,
p. 361, l. 4, and in “Temora,” Bk. v, p. 340, l. 2, we read: “Descend
from thy place, O harp.” The harp may hang on a branch, as in
“Berrathon,” p. 380, l. 31.[264]—“Das Donnerwetter” contains occasional
Ossianic nature touches. This poem is followed by six laments, “Sineds
Klagen,” in which the grief now and again takes an Ossianic tone, as
witness the opening verses of the first, an elegy on Gellert’s death (p.
253):

      Schauerndes Lüftchen! woher?
    Trüb ist der Tag. In dem entblätterten Hayne
    . . . . . . . .
      ... sitz’ ich einsam
      Auf mein Saitenspiel gelehnet,
    Da kömmst du, Lüftchen! schwirrest mir
    So kläglich, so kläglich die Saiten hindurch.[265]

Ossianic also is the tone of the opening lines of the second complaint,
sung on a cloudy autumn day (p. 258):

      Traurig ist der Tag!
    Von der Himmelstochter
    Blicken ungetröstet
      Dämmert er dahin.
    Graue Nebelsäulen
    Steigen von Gebirgen.

Ossian calls the sun “the son of heaven,” not the “daughter,” but Denis
made similar changes of this nature, _e. g._, in the opening line of
“Dar–Thula” and elsewhere he translates “daughter of heaven,” referring
to the moon, by “Sohn der Nacht.”[266] Denis adds a note to his
translation in “Dar–Thula,” explaining that he took the liberty to
institute the change, because moon in German, forsooth, is of the
masculine gender.[267] And thus we arrive at ‘Himmelstochter.’ Compare
furthermore “Carric–Thura,” p. 152, ll. 12–3: “Grey mist rests on the
hills,” and the like; also the oft repeated ‘columns’ and ‘pillars’ of
mist.—In the same complaint the line (p. 259): “Ein Seufzer reisst sich
aus der Brust”[268] recalls Ossian’s “The sigh bursts from their
breasts.”[269] In this poem Denis laments the taste of those to whom
_Witz_ is everything. He can not follow in their footsteps, because (p.
261):

    Greis Ossian in dem Geleite
    Der Barden und Skalden besucht ihn.
    Er höret am schweigenden Monde
    Gesänge vergangener Alter.

The fourth complaint is an elegy on the death of Joh. v. Nep. Hohenwart,
a friend of Denis, whose ghost is asked to appear.—The concluding
stanza of the fifth contains an Ossianic comparison (p. 276): “Sein
Leben bleibt ... ein Strom von ewighellem Lichte.” Compare “Temora,” Bk.
i, p. 311, ll. 22–3: “My life shall be one stream of light.” Several
Ossianic touches in the last poem of the collection, “Urlaub von der
sichtbaren Welt,” have been referred to. Ossianic furthermore is the
following picture (p. 284):

    Kühle Lüfte säuseln,
    Wiesenquellen lauten,
    Durch die Tannenzacken
    Blinkt der milde Mond;
    Aber schweigend, schweigend steht der Hügel,
    Der den Barden deckt.

‘Silent’ as a standing epithet frequently goes with ‘hill’ in Ossian,
and the hill covering the dead has been noticed; we have it again on pp.
287–8.

Having now considered the poems of the first collection, we are ready to
turn our attention to the new offspring of Denis’s muse that found a
place in the first edition of _Ossians und Sineds Lieder_ (1784), the
first three volumes of which contain the translation of Ossian, revised
with reference to the English edition of 1773.[270] Aside from the
alterations necessitated by the conformity to the new English edition
and the working over of “Comala” referred to above (p. 124), the changes
are inconsiderable. The fragment of a Norse poem, “Fithona,” given by
Macpherson in the preface to the edition of 1773, is translated and
inserted among the songs of Sined, Vol. 4, pp. 98–100.—In his preface
“An den Leser” in the first volume, Denis defends his choice of
the hexameter in a few words and states: “Er [Denis] glaubt noch
Ossians Aechtheit, obwohl er sich, als ein Zeitgenoss des XVIII.
Jahrhundertes freuen müsste, wenn dieses Jahrhundert einen solchen
Genius hervorgebracht hätte.” He is strengthened in his belief by the
statement made by Sturz that he (Sturz) had seen the originals.[271] The
preface contains also a chronological bibliography of Ossianic
publications from 1762 to 1783, which is by no means complete and
contains several errors. The _Fragments_ of 1760 are not mentioned at
all. The songs of the five bards given by Macpherson in his note to
“Croma” are translated and placed at the end of the third volume under
the title “Die Octobernacht. Eine alte Nachahmung Ossians.”

I shall point out the most striking Ossianic characteristics in the
poems that have not yet been dwelt upon. The poem “An Gott,” the first
in the list,[272] contains nothing deserving of attention. In “Sined und
der Tag seiner Geburt” (pp. 113–5), we have the hill covering the dead,
the grove of oaks, druids, ghosts, etc. Towards the end Denis addresses
his father:

      Hättest du Lieder von Selma gehört,
    Hättest du Sined gesehn im Kreise der Barden, dein Antlitz
      Hätte von inniger Wonne geglänzt!—
    Aber hängst du denn nicht ...
      Itzo den thauenden Himmel herab? etc.

In “Der Fremde und Heimische,” the stranger asks whether the native has
ever heard of Denis (p. 131):

    Du kennst den Sänger nicht, der Ossians
    Gepriesen Lied, das einst in Morven klang,
    Den Kindern seines Volks ins Harfenspiel
    Zu singen unternahm?

Next we have a series of five poems, “Sineds Träume,” in which we shall
find occasional traces of Ossian’s influence, particularly in the second
dream.

A typical bardic song is “Der Neugeweihte und Sined,” which contains
several passages worthy of note. In the one beginning (p. 164):

    ... Als sich Fingals Sohn
    Auf seinem leichten Nebel einst in Nacht
    Zum Ohre meiner Ruhe niederliess,

Denis speaks of the reception of his Ossianic imitation. The following
comparison at the end of the passage (p. 164) is Ossianic: “Und steht so
fest Dem Tadel, wie den Wogen Morvens Fels.”—“Das Kunstfeuer” contains
a reference (p. 207) to an episode in the songs of Ossian, viz.,
Fingal’s encounter with Swaran, “Cath–Loda,” Duan i:

    ... Ist es Uthornas Nacht
    Beschwert mit Himmelszeichen, als Lodas Geist
      Aus seiner Wolkenburg nach Fingal
        Glühende Schrecken umsonst versandte?—

In “Der Jugendgefährte” Denis’s lament (p. 216) sounds truly Ossianic:

    Jüngling! Sined ist todt. Von seiner verlassenen Halle
      Tönet kein freundlicher Laut,
    Leitet kein Fusstritt in Schatten. Ihm haben die Söhne der Lieder
      Traurig sein Grabmaal erhöht.

Ossianic touches also occur in the poems that have been added to the
fifth volume. In the “Fünfte Reise” Denis speaks of bad advice
disappearing “gleich dem Nebel” (p. 89); Ossian has frequent comparisons
to the departure of mist. The first line (p. 91) of the “Sechste Reise”
is typical: “Das Grau der Vorzeit hellt sich dem Barden auf.” “Der Zwist
der Fürsten,” a series of three poems, contains several things of
interest. In the first song we have Ossian’s striking on the shield as a
sign of battle (p. 111). In the second Joseph’s shield is said to be
“gleich dem Monde Mitten in Gewittern” (p. 113). Compare “Temora,” Bk.
i, p. 306, ll. 4–5: “His shield is ... like the ... moon ascending
through a storm,” and numerous other comparisons of a shield to the
moon.—The lines (p. 117):

    Die schauernde Gegend erglänzte
          Von Waffen, wie feurige Flut.

recall “Fingal,” Bk. iv, ll. 2–3: “The heath flamed wide with their
arms.” Ossianic in “Wiens Befreyung” (p. 124) is “Die Wolke des Tods,”
“the cloud of death.”[273]—The line (p. 132): “Dein Rath ist Licht, und
Flamme dein Muth,” reminds us of “Fingal,” Bk. ii, p. 228, l. 12: “Thy
counsel is the sun,” and “Temora,” Bk. iv, p. 338, l. 23: “Valour, like
a ... flame.”—Ossian calls the dew the “drops of heaven,”[274] and so
Denis in “Der Blumenstrauss” (p. 157) “des Himmels Tropfen.”

The sixth volume, the _Nachlese zu Sineds Liedern_ compiled and edited
by Joseph von Retzer, contains but little that demands our attention. It
includes several religious songs, a few translations, and a number of
occasional poems. Some of the poems were written prior to Denis’s
acquaintance with Ossian, and these of course do not concern us here,
but even the bardic songs contain little that is Ossianic, only now and
then do we meet with a trace of the bard’s influence, as _e. g._, in
“Der Heldentempel Oesterreichs” (p. 54): “Aus jeder Brust gedrängte
Seufzer steigen,” reminding us of Ossian’s “The crowded sighs of his
bosom rose.”[275]

The edition of 1791–2 is virtually identical with that of 1784.
Testimony to the high rank the poems of Ossian still occupied in the
minds of the German people is given in the preface, where we read: “Auch
nur ein Wort von dem Werthe der Werke, ... zu sagen, wäre von mir eine
unverzeihliche Kühnheit. Ossians Gesänge haben das Alter äherner
Denkmaale überlebt, ...”

A cursory perusal of the facts collected above will at once lead us to
the conclusion that Ossian meant much more to Denis than he did either
to Klopstock or to Gerstenberg. When we consider the fact that Denis
became wholly saturated with Ossian while working on his well–known
translation, we no longer marvel at the circumstance that the
characteristics of Ossian took such firm hold of him in the composition
of his own songs. Again, it requires but a glance to see that at no time
was Ossian’s influence stronger than during the years in which the
translation was under way and those immediately following, that is, the
influence is more noticeable in the poems contained in the edition of
1772 than in those written between 1772 and 1784. While the majority of
his productions are of a mediocre character, they nevertheless furnish
an extremely interesting picture of the extent to which the imitation of
the old bard could be carried. And when we compare his original poems
with his translation—instead of with Macpherson’s original—the
similarity will appear even more pronounced. As Klopstock later on
turned to the Revolution, as Gerstenberg found solace in the study of
Kant, so Denis later in life became engrossed in bibliographical labors,
and his Ossianic poetry fell into neglect.


§4. Karl Friedrich Kretschmann.[276]

In the same year that the first two volumes of Denis’s translation made
their appearance and created such a stir in the literary world of
Germany, another prominent example of bardic literature loomed up in a
different quarter, “Der Gesang Rhingulphs des Barden als Varus
geschlagen war,” which was published in the autumn of 1768, although the
title–page bears the date 1769. This is the first instance we have of
the employment of a bardic pseudonym. Kretschmann tells us that he
received his impulse through Gerstenberg, whose “Gedicht eines Skalden”
had appeared two years previously, and we can easily see that the form
and conception of Kretschmann’s song are borrowed from Gerstenberg’s
poem. The “Gesang” was followed in 1771 by “Rhingulphs Klage,” which
served to establish firmly the contemporary fame the “Gesang” had gained
for its author. In both of these poems the influence of Klopstock goes
hand in hand with that of Ossian, just as is the case in so much of
Denis’s poetry. But while Denis’s original poetic efforts were confined
almost exclusively to _vers d’ occasion_, Kretschmann tried his hand not
only at bardic and lyric poetry, but also at epigrams, fables,
allegories, and even dramas and tales. The bardic fever thus forms a
mere episode in Kretschmann’s poetic activity, and, although stray
pieces in the bardic vein appear later, the influence of Ossian did not
last much beyond the middle of the seventies. As it was, Kretschmann
borrowed fewer poetic motifs and expressions from Ossian than Denis did
and, on the whole, was influenced less by him. He was extremely
sensitive to the opposition that the _Bardengebrüll_ evoked, and he
turned his attention into other channels just about the time that Denis
began to devote most of his time to bibliographical researches.

Kretschmann’s epigrams, fables, dramas and tales do not, of course,
concern us here, nor do the hymns, in which Klopstock’s influence
predominates, and, although in his lyric poetry Gleim’s influence reigns
supreme, the latter’s anacreontic tone occasionally appears side by
side with Ossianic machinery and Klopstockian grandeur. We have,
therefore, in addition to the bardic songs to consider mainly his lyric
productions.[277] Most of that portion of Kretschmann’s work in which
the influence of Ossian is traceable is contained in the first volume of
his collected writings. The poetical productions in the volumes are
preceded by a sketch “Ueber das Bardiet.” It goes without saying, that
Kretschmann was a firm believer in the authenticity of the poems of
Ossian, and his admiration for the Celtic bard is apparent, when, in the
strife over the priority of the bardic work of Klopstock, Gerstenberg,
and himself, he takes the stand that “Vater Ossian war doch eher, denn
wir alle!”[278] His theories as to the characteristics of the old
Germanic bardic songs are based largely upon Ossian. “Vater Ossian, ein
Kelte so gut als die Barden Germaniens,” he says, “überzeugt uns, dass
dieses wirklich der Charakter der teutschen Bardenlieder gewesen seyn
müsse.”[279] Ossian’s great success he attributes largely to the
combination of the epic and lyric elements in his poems. Of course the
venerable Ossianic fragments must be regarded as the great models of
the new _Bardiet_. While he opposes the hexameter as the form in
which the _Bardiet_ shall be cast, yet, because of the beauty of the
verse–structure, he cannot condemn Denis’s translation. Of Ossian’s fame
in the days that are to come he is assured.[280]

The first poetic production in the volume is “Der Gesang Rhingulphs,” to
some of the Ossianic touches in which attention will be called. Norse
mythology is introduced in the song, but not to the same extent as in
Gerstenberg’s or Klopstock’s synchronous work along similar lines. The
bardic paraphernalia, the moon, the grove, the oak, the echo, the harp,
and so forth, meet us here as they do in Denis, and it will not be
necessary to point them out. Laying aside these bardic properties, there
really is little in the song that can be traced directly back to Ossian.
In the first four cantos as well as in “Rhingulphs Klage” and other
poems of Kretschmann, we meet with the form _Tohro_ for Thor.[281]
Scheel is no doubt correct in attributing this odd form to the frequency
of names in _–o_ found in Saxo Grammaticus and to the fondness of
Ossian for similar forms,[282] _e. g._, Aldo, Artho, Branno, Brumo,
etc., etc.

A real bardic scene is presented in the following lines of the first
song (p. 51):

    Der mächtge Wohlklang füllte den Hain,
    Da brausten die Eichen,
    Da rauschten die Tannen
    Holdselig darein.

And in the same song we have the “Geist der Lieder” (p. 56)[283] as well
as a typical Ossianic ghost (p. 55). In the second canto we read (p.
62):

    Frisch wie der Eichenbaum,
    Wächst Teutschlands Jugend auf.

Compare “Carric–Thura,” p. 152, l. 20: “Thy family grew like an
oak.”—In this song we have two Ossianic pictures, the one (p. 64):

      Auf einmal tritt ....
    Die Sonn’ empor, und vorger Nacht
    Lezte graue Nebel fliehen.

And the other (p. 72):

    ... in den Lüften flog der Sturm,
    Und Sausen war im alten Haine.

The echo makes its appearance in the second canto (p. 72): “Und Fels und
Wald erklang,” in the third (p. 79), the fourth (p. 107), and
elsewhere.[284] I do not wish to imply that the author thought of Ossian
each time he employed the echo, but there can be no doubt of the fact
that Ossian is in large measure responsible for the fondness which the
bardic poets had for the echo.[285] “Die mosigte Höle” (p. 72) goes back
to Ossian’s mossy cave.[286] In the fourth canto we come to the battle
proper and here Ossianic imagery is not lacking, _e. g._, the lines (p.
96):

           Dort, wo der kühnsten Krieger Mengen
    Sich wie Gewitterwolken drängen?—
    Dort wird der Führer Varus stehn!

suggest Ossian’s “Their heroes follow, like the gathering of the rainy
clouds;”[287] “Like the clouds, that gather to a tempest ...! so met the
sons of the desert round ... Fingal;”[288] etc. Further along we have
(p. 97): “Sein Schwert ... strahlt wie Blitz.”[289] When we read of
warriors being hewn down like thistles by the mower (p. 100), we are
reminded of the passage in “Fingal,” Bk. ii, p. 231, ll. 12–3:
“Cuthullin cut off heroes like thistles.”—The fifth song opens with a
comparison in the Ossianic vein (p. 111):

    Wie wenn der lezte Wintersturm
    Noch eine Nacht mit Sausen,
    Mit Schnee und Hagel, fürchterlich
    Durchwütete; dann schnell entwich,
    Auf fernem Gebürge zu brausen:
    Der erste göldne Frühlingstag,
    Der lauschend hinter Wolken lag,
    Steigt freundlich nun hernieder;

           *       *       *       *       *

    So weicht von uns des Krieges Wuth.

The comparison of wrath to a storm is not foreign to Ossian,[290] and
the entire passage bears a resemblance to a paragraph in “The Songs of
Selma.”[291] In the same song we have druids (p. 115) and the thistle
again (p. 117),[292] also the compound “Schild–Zerbrecher” (p. 118),
which is Ossian’s “breaker of the shields.”[293]

The next poem to be considered is “Die Klage Rhingulphs des Barden,”
which is divided into four cantos and shows Ossian’s influence in much
the same way as the “Gesang.” Ghosts are introduced at the very
beginning (p. 131). Both Ossian and Klopstock no doubt are represented
in the lines (p. 132):

    Wie der Wasserfall brausend die Kluft durchflieht,
    Wälze dich wild über Felsenherzen mein Lied!—[294]

The lines (p. 133):

    In Rauch zerdampft des Helden
    Lichtheller Ruhm vor dir.

recall Ossian’s “fame, that fled like the mist.”[295] The following
comparison is Ossianic (p. 134):

      Denn er fiel, er fiel,

           *       *       *       *       *

    So reisst im Haine Teutebergs
    Des Sturmes Fluth die Eiche hin.[296]

Ossian’s frequent “melting of the soul” may be responsible for (p. 137):

    Und ihre Seele schmolz
    In ... Minnegesang.

Compare “Croma,” p. 178, ll. 14–5: “Thy song is lovely! ... but it melts
the soul.”—Thusnelda sheds ‘tears of joy’ and embraces her father with
“schneebeschämenden” (p. 139) arms. He strikes the shield (p. 141) to
summon warriors, and Hermann feels “Die sanfte Wehmuth” (p. 147).—In
the second canto we notice the following (p. 155):

    So wie die Feuersbrunst ...
    Entflammt sich oft dein Grimm ...
    Verzehrt die Zellter ...

‘Burning’ or ‘flaming wrath’ occurs frequently in Ossian, where rage is
also occasionally compared to a fire. Notice also “They were consumed in
the flames of thy wrath,”[297] “His rage was a fire that always
burned,”[298] etc. Ossianic are the tone and atmosphere in the following
passage (p. 159):

      Ich schlich in Wald
    Bey Sternen Schimmer;
    Warf mich aufs Moos
    Der Felsentrümmer:

           *       *       *       *       *

    In hohen dicken Wipfeln brausten
    Die Geister luftger Nacht:

           *       *       *       *       *

    Und siehe, mir war,
    Als stünd’ ein Mann am Stamme
    Der alten Eiche hingelehnet,
    Mit wildflatterndem Haar.

and again (p. 161):

      Da sauste von Wacholderhügeln
    Ein rascher Wind ihm in das Haar;
    Ich merkte, dass auf seinen Flügeln
    Der Geist des Römers war.

The “Strahl von seinem Ruhme” (p. 173) in the third canto recalls
Ossian’s “beam of fame.”[299]—Ossian’s warriors continually lean on
their shields, and Kretschmann may have had this in mind when he wrote
the line (p. 179): “Siegmund stand, gelehnt auf seinen Schild.” Certain
it is that the comparisons in the line (p. 179) “Dein Schild der Mond,
dein Schwert der Blitz”[300] are Ossianic.—In the fourth canto the
stanza beginning (p. 196): “Ich lag, und schlief so süss” is decidedly
Ossianic. As he slept ‘grey ghosts arose’ (p. 197):

    Der falbe Nebel dämmerte licht:
    Und mitten in wirbelnden Schimmern
    Erblickt’ ich ein Gesicht.

It is the face of Irmgard, of which he says (p. 197): “Der Vollmond
scheint so lieblich nicht!” Ossian also compares the face to a moon and
speaks of a maiden “fair as the full moon.”[301] The spirit departs in
good Ossianic style (p. 200):

    ... da verschwand der Geist,
    Wie der Nebel am Teiche zerfleusst
    Wenn der Morgenwind erwacht.[302]

A typical Ossianic picture is the following (p. 206), in which the form
of comparison also savors of Ossian:

      So wie die alte Eiche,
    An allen Zweigen entlaubt,
    Hoch auf dem waldigten Berge trauert;
    Der sinkende Nebel verhüllt ihr Haupt:
    So sass, umringt von finsterm Harme,
    Ingwiomar, der greise Mann.

Likewise in Ossian we have an oak “clothed in mist”[303] and the
comparison of a warrior to a “leafless oak.”[304] Compare also: “But now
he is pale and withered like the oak.”[305] Ossian again and again
arranges comparisons in exactly the manner we have here, _i. e._, the
first member is followed by an independent sentence in the indicative
mode. Take, _e. g._, such a passage as the following: “As rushes a
stream of foam from the dark shady deep of Cromla ... Through the
breaches of the tempest look forth the dim faces of ghosts. So fierce,”
etc.[306] Likewise Ossianic is this scene (pp. 207–8):

    ... Wenn der Sturm der Nacht
    Mit allen seinen Winden erwacht,
    Die schwarze schlosende Wolke saust,
    Der Wald mit allen Zweigen braust,
    Der Donner brüllt, die Haide brüllt,
    Das wilde Wasser rauschend schwillt,
    Ueber die Felsen ins Thal sich giest, etc.,

as are also the following comparisons (p. 210):

    Da fuhr hastig, mit blankem Schwert
    Der Held hervor . . . . .
    . . . . . . . . so fährt
    Der schnelle Blitz . . . .
    Herab aus finstern Gewittern.—
    Von der Linken zur Rechten flog
    Sein Schwert einen flammenden Kreis; da bog
    Der Schwarm zurück, und Herman stand
    Wie durchs Gewitter der Mond sich wand:
    Einsamglänzend gebietet er.

Compare such expressions as “Ryno as lightning gleamed along,”[307]
“brightened, like the full moon of heaven; when the clouds vanish
away,”[308] “risen ... from battle, like a meteor from a stormy
cloud,”[309] and the like.—The poem that follows, “Die Jägerin,”
includes anacreontic as well as bardic elements, without containing
anything specifically Ossianic. It has the ‘grove of oaks’ (p. 224), the
‘snowy breast’ (p. 232), the ‘Geist der Lieder’ (p. 229), the
unavoidable echo (p. 227), and other bardic phrases that had by this
time become quite common.

The last poem of the first volume is “Kleist,” in three cantos, which
cannot be said to have been strongly influenced by Ossian, although the
same old bardic paraphernalia of harps and spirits and the like are
employed and occasional Ossianic reminders occur _e. g._, the expression
(p. 259): “Ihrer Waffen Schein War furchtbar,” reminds us of Ossian’s
“Terrible was the gleam of the steel,”[310] etc. We must again point out
that although similar expressions occur also in Homer and elsewhere,
Ossian served to intensify the impression. Kretschmann and most of the
other bardic poets certainly knew their Ossian better than they did
their Homer, and I think we can give Ossian the benefit of the doubt in
most instances.—The figure of the stars trembling: “Da bebten die
Sterne” (p. 259), also probably goes back to Ossian, as does the line
“Thauvoll war sein Haar” (p. 259), with which compare, _e. g._, “Filled
with dew are my locks.”[311]

In the second volume of Kretschmann’s works, which contains “Hymnen,”
“Scherzhafte Lieder,” “Sinngedichte,” and a few other poems, there are
but scattered signs of Ossian’s influence scarcely worthy of mention.
Only in the “Anhang einiger kleinen Bardenlieder” do we find the bardic
tendency more strongly pronounced and in consequence more frequent
traces of Ossian. In the first of these bardic poems, “Die teutsche
Schamhaftigkeit,” we have a “Mädchen, rabenschwarz von Haaren,”[312] but
the comparison was a common one by this time and need not be referred to
Ossian. In the one “An den ersten Weinstock” we have the echo once
more (p. 230); likewise in “Das Traumgesicht” (p. 236). In the
“Frühlingslied” the nightingale is called the bardic bird, “Du
Bardenvogel Nachtigall” (p. 232), the expression no doubt going back to
Klopstock’s _Bardale_.[313] In the same poem the bard lies on the moss
in the cave of the rock (pp. 232–3), and we have the following Ossianic
lines (p. 233):

    Nur selten blinkte durch die Nebeldecken
    Der späten Sonne Blick.

Compare Ossian’s “the sun looks through mist.”[314] In the last poem of
the _Anhang_, “Das Traumgesicht,” the bardic character stands out more
prominently than in any of the preceding ones. The very first line gives
us “Zukunftspähende Druiden” (p. 236), and soon the ghost of the
dreamer’s father hovers from the dark oaks (p. 237).—In all these
bardic songs Gleim’s influence is distinctly noticeable. In the second
stanza of the “Friedenslied” (p. 147), we have “tiefgestimmte Saiten,”
whereas the original version in the _Leipziger Musen Almanach_ for 1780
(p. 40) had “Distelumkränzte Saiten.”

Volumes 3 and 4 of the works contain comedies. In the fifth volume we
have first some “Vermischte Gedichte und Fragmente,” one of which is
addressed to Denis: “An Sined den Harfen–Druiden.” It is written
in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch. At the
beginning we have an imitation of the Ossianic mood of forsakenness and
wildness.[315] The spirit of song again appears[316] and also the echo
(p. 14). The poet hears the call of the harp, he follows the sound,
until he sees “den Sänger am Eichenbaum” (p. 14).—On pp. 15–6 we read:

    Und nun kenn’ ich dich, Sined,
    Den Freund an Ossians Busen,
    Dem er am Abend
    Seiner Augen die Harfe liess.

           *       *       *       *       *

      Aber ach, kenn’ ich denn nicht,
    Sined, Ossians Harfe,
    Die vom Rauschen der Speere,
    Vom Säuseln der Schwerter gern begleitet wird?

Another bardic song is that “An Telynhardt,”[317] addressed to
Hartmann,[318] and containing the lines (p. 50):

    Dann tritt ... unter die Bardenschaar,
    . . . . . . . . . .
      Da wirst du zittern, so wie Rhingulph
        Zitterte, wenn er zu Ossian hintrat.

The following poem “An den Herrn B. von F. * * *” sets up Ossian as a
model and ends with the exclamation (p. 53):

    O dringe fürder bis zum Ziele,
    Und komm’ als Ossian zurück!

The following passage is worthy of note (p. 52):

      Als Ossian, in Deiner Blüte,
    Der süssen Harfe schwur;
    Da harrt’ er oft am heissen Tage,
    In kalten Nächten, auf der Flur;
    Und sucht’ und fand Natur und Wahrheit,
    Bis ihn der ehrenvolle Zweig umlaubt,
    Den ihm nicht Helle’s Barde,
    Der Barde Roms nicht raubt.

We see from the above lines that Kretschmann also was not inclined to
set Ossian below Homer or Vergil, and that it was Ossian’s naturalness
that appealed to him, his freedom from rules and conventions.[319]

The remainder of the fifth volume does not offer anything for our
purpose. The sixth and last volume, which was not published until 1799,
is made up of “Fabeln,” and of “Lyrische, Vermischte und Epigrammatische
Nachlesen.” In these later poems no traces of Ossian’s influence are
discernible, except in the cycle of the Seasons, where we encounter an
Ossianic description now and then, although no distinct imitation is
traceable.

I believe that the examples given have borne out the statement made in
the introduction. Kretschmann was really never saturated with Ossian as
Denis was. That he admired the Gaelic bard, he does not hesitate to
admit, but aside from his fondness for the poems that were in
everybody’s mouth in his day, he felt no scientific curiosity to enter
more deeply into the question of their authenticity. The fact that
Klopstock and Herder regarded the poems as genuine, satisfied him
completely. And when the bardic ghost stalked through the land, he
willingly paid his tribute—wrote a number of bardic songs—and then
retired on his laurels to seek new fields of poetical activity
distinctly hostile to a continuation of Ossianic influence. Even his
later lyric poems, where we might look for lingering tokens of its
presence, reveal nothing of the sort. The bard and the grove and the oak
of course still make their bow upon occasion, but these were so firmly
engrafted in the lyric poetry of Germany by this time, that Ossian can
no longer be called to account for each individual occurrence. More of
this when we reach the _Göttinger Hain_.


§5. Minor Bards.

The paragraphs on Denis and Kretschmann have amply demonstrated just how
the so–called bards were dependent upon Ossian. There is little
difference between the bardic work of these two and that of the
remaining bards, the names of many of whom have been consigned to
oblivion, and it would serve little purpose to take up the entire work
of each separately. I shall therefore content myself with pointing out
some of the more striking Ossianic characteristics in a number of
selections of bardic poetry taken at random.

Lorenz Leopold Haschka (1749–1827), in whose lyric poetry the
influence of Klopstock and Denis is visible, has a bardic poem in the
_Litterarische Monate_,[320] “Cronnan und Minona[321] an Annas Hügel”
(pp. 8–14), the very title of which proclaims Ossian’s presence. The
first two names are taken from “Carric–Thura.” The hill we have
encountered before, and in the poem we even have the four stones at the
corners of the grave.[322] Then we read (pp. 11–2):

      Horch’ auf! Da winselts das Farrenkraut
    Kläglich hindurch, wie Sterbelaut
    Auf Harfen!—Annas Seelchen ists, Minona!
    Sie wünschet die Stimme des Lobes zu hören!

The sound emitted by the harp to herald a person’s approaching
death,[323] the desire of the ghost to hear the voice of fame are both
taken from Ossian. Then we have ‘Disteln’ (p. 10) and a “Tochter der
Schattenharfe” (p. 12), Ossian’s shadowy harp again.[324] Anna’s ghost
hovers over Tonthena (p. 13), the star mentioned several times in
Ossian.[325]

In the same magazine we have several other bardic songs by Haschka. In
the one “Bei Annas von Gluck Hügel,” we have the echo called the “Sohn
des Felsen” (p. 14) as in Ossian;[326] likewise in “Auf Elisabeth von
H.” (p. 307) the echo is the “Bergsohn.”—“An den Gespielen meiner
Harfe” contains the image of the youth standing tall “der luftigsten
Eiche gleich” (p. 18), with which compare “He stands tall, ... as an
oak.”[327] After his death, the youth lies “unter den graulichten Vier
Steinen” (p. 19), Ossian’s “four grey stones.”[328] Note also the
following (p. 19):

    Wenn ich dann, gleich der Blume, verwelkt bin
    Und, ihren Blättern ähnlich, mein dürr Gebein
      Zerstreut liegt, ...
      . . . . . .
    Dann komm zu meinem blumichten Hügel her
    Mit allen deinen Liedern, und gieb, mein Freund,
      Dem Winde meinen Geist, und meine
        Harfe dem niedrigsten Espenzweige.

As for the first stanza, see _supra_, pp. 93–4. When we strike an
imitator of one of the leading bards, the chances of a direct influence
on the part of Ossian are naturally lessened. More than likely Haschka
was in this instance indebted to Klopstock more than to Ossian directly,
or to Homer or the Bible, for that matter. The situation in the second
stanza is thoroughly Ossianic and calls for no further comment.

In “Die Kraft der Tonkunst” we encounter the bardic machinery again as
well as Ossianic rhetorical figures. The moon, _e. g._, is called the
“Nachtschild” (p. 210). Then we have the ‘sending round the shell’ (p.
212),[329] “der Wehmut ... Wonne” (p. 215),[330] and the following
noteworthy passage (p. 215):

    Schwindend itzt, wie Lonas Stimme
      Einst im Widerhalle starb,
    Da waldeinwärts Jäger riefen:
      Ossian! Der Felsen Sohn
        Heischer widerseufzt’:
          Ossian!

In the poem “Auf Elizabeth von H.,” Elizabeth is said to resemble the
morning–sun (p. 307). In the same poem we have the ‘snow of the bosom’
(p. 308) and in the “Geburtslied” the ‘hand of snow’ (p. 310).[331]

In Karl Mastalier’s (1731–95) “Ode auf den Freyherrn von Laudon,” we
have Ossian’s ‘trembling harp’ several times.[332] “Das Nationaltheater”
shows traces of Ossian’s influence in the bardic paraphernalia and the
imagery. The moon is termed the ‘daughter of the silent night.’[333] On
the whole, Mastalier’s poems were but little influenced by Ossian, and
there is nothing that distinguishes his poetry particularly from the
usual run of bardic productions.

Knorr’s[334] “Der Barde an seinen Freund K * * *,” which appeared in the
_Leipziger Musenalmanach_ for 1776, is written in the Ossianic vein. The
bard sits by the grey oak and asks the breeze to lift his black locks.
“Wie Sänger Ossian Hebt er sich vom heiligen Eichbaum,” we read on p.
95.

In the same number of the almanac we have a bardic song by Brown,
entitled “Die Nacht,” in which we find Ossianic description and Norse
mythology side by side. In the opening lines of the poem, the Ossianic
_Stimmung_ is imitated to prepare for the appearance of the ghost.[335]
A few quotations from the poem may not be amiss:

    Und auf dem bemoosten Hügel,
    Ueber den des Sturmes Flügel
    Flattert, walle ich allein.[336]

The mossy hill, the wings of the storm, the lonely wanderer are all
Ossianic, as is the lament (p. 216):

      Auch mich, auch mich, schliesst einst im Felde
    Ein aufgethürmter Hügel ein,
    Auch ich werd’ unter Eichenschatten

           *       *       *       *       *

    Wo am bemoosten Steine, etc.

In “Das Gesicht,” a bardic poem that appeared anonymously in the
_Almanach der deutschen Musen_ for 1773 (pp. 23–5), we have a splendid
illustration of how far the imitation of Ossianic apparitions was
carried.—The situation of a ghost appearing upon a stream of light and
the beholder trembling in terror, as presented in “Die Erscheinung” by
N——ch,[337] is Ossianic.

The _Barden–Almanach der Teutschen_ for 1802 contains a bardic poem,
“Wodan und Braga,” with Ossianic nature touches, as the following
extract will show (pp. 174–6):

    Welch ein Aechzen weht vom Hayn der Fichten,
    . . . . . . . . .
    Blut’ge Schatten, ...
    Wimmeln aus der Finsterniss hervor,
    . . . . . . . . .
    Schreiten über Hayde, Sumpf und Moor.

           *       *       *       *       *

      Plötzlich, gleich dem Aufruhr wilder Wogen,
    Braus’t der Sturm, und hohler Donner kracht:
    Unterm dunkelblauen Himmelsbogen
    Rollt er, rollt er in Gewitter–Pracht.

           *       *       *       *       *

    ... aus der Felsen–Oede
    Donnert Nachhall durch den Fichten–Wald.

Sufficient examples have been given to show the nature of Ossianic
imitation as practiced by the minor bardic poets. Among the features
they admired in Ossian was his independence of all rules and
conventions, and here they approach the writers of the _Storm and
Stress_. Nor did they hesitate to place him on a level with Homer.
Interesting in this connection is the following statement by Bernold:
“Und wo nahm denn Ossian seine Regeln her? aus der Natur—und doch
übertrifft dieser Dichter in meinen Augen noch einigermassen den Homer
selbst und taugt wenigstens für einen Schweizer besser zu einem Vorbild
als jener, indem seine besungenen Gegenstände, sowohl in als ausser der
Natur, den unsrigen näher kommen und ungleich ähnlicher sind, als jene
der Griechen und Römer oder anderer Nationen.”[338] What Ossian meant to
them is laid down in a poem “An Heyder,” by J. G. Schulz, published in
the _Leipziger Musenalmanach_ for 1783, with a striking quotation from
which (pp. 152–3) we shall leave this portion of our subject.—Grim
sickness has chased the joyous muses away from the poet’s side; no
friend can aid, no book console him:

    Nur Ossians des Barden Klage
    Umgiebt in meinem Jammer mich.
    Da seh ich ihn in seiner Väter Höhle,
    Voll tiefen Schmerz die heisse Seele,
    Um Oskarn, der vor Ihm erblich
    Die väterliche Zähre weinen:
    Und höre seiner Harfe Jammerlaut
    Durch dumpfe Klüfte wiederhallen.
    Ich seh wie ihm auf ihren luftgen Hallen
    Die Geister der Vergangenheit erscheinen,
    Und Fingaln, der hernieder schaut
    Auf seinen alten müdgeweinten Sohn,
    Den er von allen einsam übrig siehet,
    Den Barden, den des Tages Schimmer fliehet.—
    . . . . . .
    Hier find ich all die vielen Leiden,
    Das karge Loos der Sterblichkeit,
    Und die Erinnrung an verflossne Freuden,
    Die zu den gegenwärtgen Leiden
    Noch Schwefel in die Flamme streut.—

[Illustration]



INDEX OF PROPER NAMES.


  Ackermann, K.E. 9.

  Adelung 47, 48, 50, 67.

  Ahlwardt, C. W. 40, 48, 50, 51, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 74, 89, 126.

  Aikin, A.L. 13.

  Aikin, J. 13.

  Alstrup 32.

  Arnault, V. A. 34.

  Arnot, Hugo 30.

  Aschenberg, W. 38.

  Auffenberg, J. v. 54.

  Authenrieth, G. 61.


  Baggesen 64, 89.

  Balbach, J. 25, 31, 53–54.

  Baour–Lormian 48.

  Becker, W. G. 37, 38, 46, 47.

  Berlepsch, Emilie v. 41, 43.

  Bernold 152.

  Bernoulli, J. 25.

  Beschnitt, J. 63.

  Bilfinger 89.

  Birckenstädt, F. 43.

  Blair, Hugh 7, 20, 24, 25, 33, 38, 40, 45, 48, 54, 57, 58, 72, 73,
        76, 77, 79, 121.

  Blankenburg, F. v. 35.

  Bodmer 23.

  Boie 9, 18.

  Böttger A., 58, 59, 61.

  Böttiger, K. A. 35, 50, 101, 102.

  Bouterwek, F. 27–28, 51.

  Brachmann, Luise 46, 49.

  Brahms, J. 16, 63, 67.

  Brinckmeier, E. 56, 62.

  Brion, Friederike 12, 57.

  Brown, 151.

  Bruce, M. 39.

  Buchanan, J. L. 33.

  Buchner, W. 63.

  Bürger 16, 40–41, 67.

  Buri, C. K. E. W. 53.

  Butenschön, J. F. 40.


  Cameron, Ewen 15.

  Campbell, A. 42.

  Campbell, H. 57.

  Cesarotti 3, 6, 24, 79, 120.

  Clark, John 18, 22, 23.

  Clarke, K. H. 63.

  Claudius 10, 12, 13, 67.

  Clemen 59.

  Coupigny, A. P. 12.

  Cramer, K. F. 67.

  Cramer, K. G. 37.

  Crome, L. G. 6, 7, 15, 32, 45, 80.

  Curths, Karl 45.

  Curtius, J. 54.


  Dalberg, H. v. 17.

  Denina, C. G. M. 28.

  Denis 1, 5, 7–8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 30,
        31, 32, 34, 40, 58, 60, 67, 69, 73, 79, 80, 81, 84, 85,
        90, 91, 92, 103, 104, 105, 106, _119–138_, 139, 140,
        147, 148, 149.

  Dippoldt, H. K. 48.

  Ditters von Dittersdorf, K. 63, 67.

  Döring, H. 56.

  Drummond 57, 60.

  Duff 34.

  Dühn M. H., 17.

  Dunker, W. 63.

  Dusch, J. J. 103.


  Ebert, J. A. 72, 90.

  Ebrard, A. 61.

  Eginhard 84.

  Ehrmann, E. 62, 103.

  Elwert, A. 24.

  Engelbrecht, J. A. 5, 76, 77.

  Epheu, F. L. See Hanker.

  Ernault, E. 62.

  Eschenburg, J. J. 9, 15, 29.


  Faujas de Saint–Fond, B. 36.

  Fielitz, W. 62.

  Fink 52.

  Flügge, C. W. 32, 34.

  Förster, L. G. 54, 55.

  Frederick the Great 83.

  Freiligrath 55, 63, 67.

  Freudentheil, W. N. 33, 50.


  Gade, N. W. 63.

  Garnett, T. 39, 42, 43.

  Gellert 134.

  Gemmingen, O. v. 26, 40.

  Gerard, F. 65.

  Gerstenberg 6, 26, 32, 52, 67, 78, 82, 87, 93, _103–119_, 120,
        123, 127, 138, 139, 140.

  Gessner 67, 103.

  Gleim 86, 89, 90, 121, 132, 139, 147.

  Godefroy, J. 65.

  Goeckingk 16, 28.

  Goethe 11, 12, 15, 17, 21, 56, 57, 60, 64, 65, 67, 73, 74, 99, 102,
        128, 130.

  Gohren, L. v. 44.

  Gottschalk, L. M. 64.

  Graham 52.

  Grässe, J. G. T. 56.

  Gräter, F. D. 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 38.

  Grimm, J. 51, 62, 67.

  Gurlitt, J. G. 1, 7, 22, 25, 28, 34, 39, 42, 43, 44, 46, 56, 65.


  Hagedorn 83.

  Halem, G. A. v. 19, 24, 28–29, 45, 46.

  Haller 5, 7, 27, 67, 83.

  Hanker, G. 16, 17.

  Hardenberg, F. v. 67.

  Hardorf, G. 47.

  Harklots, K. A. 64.

  Harmes. See Berlepsch.

  Harnisch, C. 64.

  Harold, E. v. 13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 32, 35, 38, 39, 41, 42,
        43, 56.

  Hartmann, G. D. 103, 147.

  Haschka, L. L. 89, 103, 149–150.

  Hasselqvist, T. 63.

  Hauffen, A. 30.

  Haug, B. 19.

  Heller, H. J. 60.

  Henoch, F. 12.

  Herder 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 21, 22, 27, 31, 33, 35, 41, 44, 48,
        56, 58, 59, 60, 63, 67, 71, 106, 122–123, 148.

  Hermann, F. 64.

  Hill 34.

  Hofmann–Wellenhof, P. v. 5, 66, 119, 125.

  Hohenwart, J. v. N. 135.

  Hölderlin 67.

  Hölty 67.

  Home, H. 12, 23, 34.

  Homer 7, 12, 23, 33, 37, 42, 62, 66, 72, 73, 76, 78, 79, 91, 92,
        93, 94, 106, 120, 121, 122, 125, 146, 148, 150, 152.

  Horace 93.

  Hoven, F. W. v. 20, 21, 35, 64.

  Huber 52.

  Huber, V. A. 57


  Ideler, C. L. 40, 51, 55.


  Jachmann, R. 61.

  Jacobi, J. G. 13.

  Jani 28.

  Johnson, Samuel 13.

  Jones, E. 28.

  Jongues, A. de 45.

  Jung, F. W. 49, 51.

  Justi, K. W. 27, 47, 65.


  Kant 138.

  Karsch 103.

  Kastner, J. G. 64.

  Kauffmann, M. A. C. 90.

  Kind, J. F. 45.

  Kistemaker, J. H. 37.

  Klausing, A. E. 12.

  Klöntrup, J. Ae. 26.

  Klopstock 10, 12, 17–18, 60, 67, 69, 71, 72, 73, _82–102_,
        103, 104, 120, 122, 123, 127, 138, 139, 140, 142, 146,
        147, 148, 149, 150.

  Klotz 73.

  Knebel, K. L. v. 44.

  Knorr 151.

  Körner, T. 12.

  Kosegarten, G.L. 32, 39, 43, 52, 67, 99.

  Köster, J. 91, 93, 97.

  Krafft, P. 64.

  Kramer 29.

  Kretschmann 17, 19, 25, 37, 67, 103, 104, 133, _139–148_, 149.

  Krug von Nidda, F. A. F. 89

  Kunzen, F. L. A. 64.

  Küttner, K. G. 25.


  Laing, M. 38, 44, 46, 47, 48, 56, 92, 102.

  Lappenberg, J. M. 60.

  Lenz 12, 13, 14, 16, 21, 57, 63, 67, 92.

  Lessing 71, 77, 127.

  LeTourneur 34.

  Lilienfeld, G. v. 37.

  Link, H. F. 52, 57.

  Loebell, J. W. 59, 102.

  Logan, J. 39.

  Lombard, J. G. 28.

  Lösch, E. 57, 59.

  Löwe, J. C. G. 64, 67.

  Ludwig, J. F. 38.


  M’Arthur, J. 3.

  Macdonald, H. 50.

  Macdonald, J. 35, 36, 42, 44, 50, 102.

  Macfarlan, R. 3, 8, 10.

  Macgregor, P. 57.

  MacKenzie, H. 3.

  Mackenzie, J. 44.

  Mackintosh, J. 102.

  MacLachan 42.

  Macnab 38.

  Macpherson, John 7, 9, 79, 85.

  Mallet 103.

  Mastalier 151.

  Matthisson 7, 45, 67.

  Meissner, C. 26.

  Mendelssohn–Bartholdy, F. 64.

  Merck 11, 14, 23, 56, 67.

  Merian, J. B. 25.

  Meyer, F. L. W. 29, 30, 31, 41.

  Milton 69, 92, 93, 120.

  Montengon 40.

  Müller, F. 104.

  Müller, F. A. 29.

  Müller, J. v. 48.

  Münch, E. H. J. 55.


  Neumann, K. G. 43, 44, 46, 56.

  Nicolai, A. F. 14, 22, 39, 61.

  Nicolai, C. F. 121, 127.

  Nöldeke, G. F. 28.

  Nolte, J. W. H. 40, 51, 55.

  Novalis. See Hardenberg.


  Oelrichs, O. A. H. 25.

  Opin 16.

  O’Reilly 60.

  Orpheus 88.

  Oswald 59, 60.


  Parker, J. C. D. 64.

  Percy, Bishop 71, 76, 106.

  Perière, J. F. A. de la 53.

  Petersen, J. W. 21, 49, 51.

  Pfaff, C. H. 30.

  Prevod 98.


  Rabener 37.

  Rambach 31.

  Ramler 37, 125, 132.

  Raspe, R. E. 4, 9, 75, 76, 77.

  Rausch, F. 60.

  Ravius, S. F. J. 37.

  Rebbach, A. v. 24.

  Rehberg, F. 65.

  Reichardt, J. F. 64.

  Reiner, C. 31.

  Retzer, J. F. v. 24, 40, 91, 138.

  Reyer, 46.

  Rhode, J. G. 37, 38, 44, 52, 53.

  Robinson, Mrs. (T. A. L. v. Jacob) 52, 57, 60, 61, 63, 74, 85.

  Rosen, G. 33.

  Rousseau 70, 111.

  Rüdiger, J. C. C. 32.

  Ruhl, J. C. 65, 72.

  Rungaldier, I. 64.

  Runge, P. O. 47, 65.


  Saam, F. 19.

  Saunders, Bailey 3, 5, 65, 66.

  Saxo Grammaticus, 141.

  Schenk, M. 25.

  Schiller 21, 33, 35, 62, 67, 102, 119.

  Schlegel, A. W. 41, 44, 65, 67.

  Schlegel, F. 41, 52, 60, 67.

  Schmid, C. H. 6, 7, 8, 14, 20.

  Schmidt, C. E. K. 15.

  Schnabel, B. 63.

  Scholz, G. 38.

  Schönfeld, F. v. 11.

  Schreiber, C. 46, 47.

  Schröder, W. 37, 74.

  Schubart, L. A. 34, 35, 36, 49, 51, 54.

  Schubert, F. 64, 67.

  Schulten, H. A. 28.

  Schulz, J. G. 152.

  Schundenius, C. H. 36.

  Schütze, J. S. 47, 49.

  Seckendorff, K. S. v. 39, 45, 64, 67.

  Shakspere 52, 71, 72, 102, 109.

  Shaw 22, 23.

  Sinclair, J. 3, 48, 51.

  Smith, J. 20, 27, 28, 30, 79.

  Soltau, D. W. 50.

  Stäudlin, C. F. 44.

  Stäudlin, G. F. 23.

  Stern, L. C. 63.

  Sternfeld, J. Blodig v. 22.

  Stöber, A., 12, 57.

  Stolberg, C. 18, 19, 53, 99.

  Stolberg, F. 14, 18, 19, 46, 47, 53, 67, 99.

  Stuhr, P. F. 58.

  Sturm. See Rambach.

  Sturz, H. P. 15, 18, 136.

  Sulzer, J. G. 12, 13, 18, 27, 31, 33, 35, 50.

  Suttner–Erenwin, H. v. 62.


  Tacitus 84, 85, 95, 103.

  Taillasson, J. J. 45.

  Talvj. See Robinson.

  Thomas, A. 64.

  Thomson, Jas. 70.

  Tieck 30, 31, 67.

  Trost, K. F. 23.

  Trumbull, J. 65.

  Tytler, W. 32.


  Ursinus, A. F. 6, 7, 15.


  Velde, K. F. van der 54.

  Vergil 120, 121, 125, 148.

  Voltaire 10.

  Voss 28, 67.


  Waag, E. 10, 60.

  Wachsmuth, K. H. 22, 23, 27, 31.

  Weber, B. A. 64.

  Weisse, 6, 9, 20, 67, 79, 80, 132.

  Weitsch, F. G. 43, 44, 65.

  Wendeborn, G. F. A. 28.

  Wiedemann, C. R. W. 36.

  Willamov 103.

  Winckelmann 76.

  Windisch, E. 61–62, 63.

  Wittenberg, A. 5, 16, 77.

  Wood, R. 72.

  Wurz, I. 132.


  Young, A. 30.

  Young, E. 71, 72, 73, 83.


  Zimmer, H. 63.

  Zumsteeg, J. R. 21, 64, 67.



FOOTNOTES:

[1] Cf. _infra_, p. 136.

[2] Cf. _infra_, p. 42.

[3] Prague, Vienna, Zurich, and Basel are included in the list of places
of publication, a fact that calls for no further explanation.

[4] Fingal appeared early in December, 1761, although 1762 is the date
given on the title–page Cf. Bailey Saunders, The Life and Letters of
James Macpherson, London, 1895, p. 161.

[5] These as well as all later references to the Poems of Ossian are
made to the Tauchnitz Edition (1847), which contains the complete works
and is probably more easily accessible than any other, particularly on
the continent.

[6] Macpherson’s first dissertation is the one entitled “A Dissertation
Concerning the Aera of Ossian,” the second the “Dissertation concerning
the Poems of Ossian.”

[7] The almanacs were generally published in the year before that for
which they were intended, but the date covered by them is given in this
bibliography.

[8] The title has ‘den.’

[9] The date of publication (1775) is not given on the title–page.

[10] Meyer’s Klassiker Ausgaben, Goethe, Vol. 2, p. 480, has p. 230.

[11] References to the Allg. Lit. Zeitung and several other papers are
given in pages, although the numbers refer to columns.

[12] Ossian, Fils de Fingal, ... Poésies Galliques, Traduites sur
l’Anglois de M. Macpherson, Par M. Le Tourneur, 2 vols., Paris, 1777.

[13] Vincent–Antoine Arnault, 1766–1834.

[14] Edinburgh, 1798.

[15] The date of the first appearance of the poems of Ossian is often
stated erroneously as 1762, so Kürschner’s Dtsche Nat.–Litt., Klopstock,
Vol. 3, p. xx; Hettner’s Literaturgesch. des 18. Jahrh., iii, 2, p. 122;
Klopstock’s Works, ed. Boxberger, Vol. 5, p. xxi; Hofmann–Wellenhof in
his biography of Denis, p. 165, etc., etc.

[16] Macpherson was born in 1736, not in 1738 as generally stated. Cf.
Saunders, The Life and Letters of James Macpherson, pp. 32–4.

[17] For exact titles of these and following publications, cf.
Bibliography.

[18] We must not overlook the fact, however, that Macpherson’s Ossian
appeared at a time when literary forgeries were common.

[19] It has occurred to me that the picture of Ossian and Malvina
entered into Goethe’s conception of the harper and Mignon in Wilhelm
Meister, but more of this in the chapter on Goethe.

[20] Besides these names Ryno, Toskar, Alpin, Minona, Minvane, Comala,
Daura, and others were at one time not uncommon in Germany, and now and
again we hear of an Ossian—there is an Ossian H. in Leipzig at this
day. Several of the names mentioned were employed as pseudonyms and all
of them figure prominently in the poetry of the day.

[21] Cf. _infra_, pp. 122–3.

[22] Cp. Fraser’s Mag., N. S., Vol. 21, p. 520.

[23] German translations of the latter appeared in Leipzig, 1760, and
1787.

[24] Cf. _infra_, pp. 78–9, 91.

[25] Cf. J. Barnstorff, Young’s Nachtgedanken und ihr Einfluss auf die
deutsche Litteratur, Bamberg, 1895 (Dissertation).

[26] It had played a rôle in Klopstock’s work, but was first widely
promulgated by Werther.

[27] The ‘joy of grief’ (ἵμερος νόοιοοιο) is found also in Homer,
_e. g._, Iliad, 23, 108, but not until the appearance of Ossian did it
assume importance.

[28] Cf. Retzer, Denis’ Lit. Nachlass, Vol. 2 (1802), p. 169.

[29] Cf. _l. c._, p. 172. Letter dated Wien, Dec. 8, 1769.

[30] For exact data cf. Bibliography.

[31] Cp. _supra_, p. 73.

[32] Cf. review in the Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 2, i,
pp. 54–88.

[33] Cf. Han. Mag., 1763, p. 1468.

[34] Cf. _ibid._, p. 1467.

[35] Cf. _ibid._, p. 1468.

[36] Cf. Lessing, Anti–Goeze, No. 8. Wittenberg’s reply: Sendschreiben
an den Herrn Hofrath Lessing.

[37] Cf. Zuschrift, _op. cit._, which is signed J. A. Engelbrecht.

[38] Cp. _infra_, p. 106.

[39] Cf. Gött. Anz., 1765, i, p. 129.

[40] Cf. _l. c._, 1765, i, p. 130.

[41] Cf. _l. c._, 1767, ii, p. 1140. Cp. _supra_, p. 72.

[42] Cf. _l. c._, 1765, i, p. 130.

[43] Cf. _ibid._

[44] Cf. _l. c._, 1767, ii, p. 1140.

[45] Cp. Gött. gel. Anz., 1765, i, p. 129; _supra_, p. 72.

[46] Cf. Neue Bibl., Vol. 3, i, p. 38.

[47] Gedichte, Leipzig, 1795, Cf. Meusel. Lexikon, Vol. 2, pp. 237–8.

[48] Cf. Letter of Nov. 14, 1771. Muncker, Lessings Verhältnis zu
Klopstock, p. 224.

[49] Cf. Scheel, Vierteljahrschrift für Litteraturgeschichte, Vol. 6,
pp. 188–94; Seuffert, Gött. gel. Anz., 1895, i, p. 72.

[50] Cf. _infra_, p. 120.

[51] Cf. Scherer, Gesch. der deutschen Litt., 7th ed., p. 643.

[52] Cf. Tacitus de German. 3: “Sunt illis haec quoque carmina, quorum
relatu, quem baritum (barditum) vocant...” Cp. Knothe, Kretschmann,
Zittau, 1858, pp. 17–8.

[53] For different shades of meaning cf. Hermanns Tod, xv; Hermanns
Schlacht Ein Bardiet. Klopstock’s note.

[54] Cf. Sponda, II. 9–12.

[55] Cf. Der Hügel, und der Hain, II. 12–4. He refers here not to Ossian
alone, but to Caedmon, “der grösste Dichter nach Ossian unter unsern
Alten,” the Heliand, etc.—seiner = the songs of the bards of his
fatherland.

[56] Cf. J.M. Lappenberg, Briefe von und an Klopstock. Braunschweig,
1867, p. 164.

[57] Cf. _ibid._, p. 172.

[58] Servian folk–songs. Cf. Talvj, Volkslieder der Serben, 2d ed.,
Leipzig, 1853. Preface.

[59] Cf. Lappenberg, _op. cit._, p. 210.

[60] Cf. Muncker, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. Geschichte seines Lebens
und seiner Schriften. Stuttgart, 1888, p. 390.

[61] Cf. Bibliography, _supra_, p. 7.

[62] Cf. Lappenberg, _op. cit._ p. 210.

[63] Cf. Tacitus, Agric., II. Cp. _infra_, p. 123.

[64] Cf. Letter to Gleim, dated Copenhagen, June 31, 1769. Klopstock u.
seine Freunde ... herausgegeben von Klamer Schmidt, 2 vols.,
Halberstadt, 1810. Vol. 2, pp. 214–5.

[65] Cf. Der Hügel, und der Hain, l. 4, where the term Celten is used to
signify all the Germanic peoples, ‘including the Celts.’

[66] Cf. Vol. 6, ii, p. 232 (1800).

[67] The earliest impulse of any import toward the introduction of Norse
mythology proceeded from Gerstenberg’s Lied eines Skalden (1766), which
exerted a wide influence. For an account of Klopstock’s relation to the
Lied eines Skalden, cf. Scheel, Vierteljahrschrift, Vol. vi.

[68] Cf. Friedr. Gottl. Klopstocks Wingolf. Kritische Ausg. nebst
Commentar von Jaro Pawel, Wien, 1882; Kürschner’s Dtsche Nat.–Litt.,
Klopstock, Vol. 3, pp. 4–29.

[69] Bacchus.

[70] Cp. Die deutsche Sprache, l. 26: “Orpheus der Celt.”

[71] When Klopstock speaks of the songs of the bards, he does not refer
particularly to the songs of Ossian, but rather to the German hero–songs
and battle–songs. He used the term in this sense before the songs of
Ossian appeared.

[72] Cf. Klopstocks Oden. Erläutert von Heinrich Düntzer. 2d ed.,
Leipzig, 1878, i, p. 392.

[73] Baggesen wrote a bardic ode, An die Telyn, pp. 171–3, Taschenbuch
for 1802. Hgbn von J. G. Jacobi, Hamburg. Haschka employs the term in
Der Entschluss der Männinnen, Litt. Monate, pp. 111–3; Bardale he uses
in the poem Der Frühling, _l. c._, p. 314, and Filea in the Geburtslied,
_l. c._, p. 311 (cp. _infra_, pp. 149–50). Bilfinger, in the bardic poem
entitled Hartmanns Tod, speaks of the “Klang der Telyn,” Almanach der
deutschen Musen for 1778, p. 255. Friedrich Krug von Nidda speaks of the
Telyn in his poem Der Feldherr und der Barde, Taschenbuch zum geselligen
Vergnügen, 1813, p. 119. Cp. _infra_, p. 147.

[74] Cf. _supra_, p. 85.

[75] Cf. Lappenberg, _op. cit._, p. 211.

[76] Cf. _ibid._, p. 218.

[77] Marie Angélique Catharine Kauffmann, 1741–1807, the Swiss
historical and portrait painter.

[78] Cf. Klopstock und seine Freunde, Vol. 2, p. 228.

[79] Cf. Letter of Klopstock to Gleim, Bernstorff, Aug. 28, 1770, _l.
c._, p. 247.

[80] Cf. Lappenberg, _op. cit._, pp. 226–7.

[81] Cf. Vom deutschen Hexameter. Aus den Fragmenten Ueber Sprache und
Dichtkunst. Hamburg, 1779, pp. 117–9. Klopstocks sämmtliche Werke, ed.
Back u. Spindler, Leipzig, 1823–30, Vol. 15, pp. 165–6.

[82] Cp. _supra_, pp. 72, 78–9.

[83] Cf. Retzer, Denis Lit. Nachlass, 1801–2, Vol. 2, p. 116.

[84] Cf. Gelehrtenrepublik, p. 178.

[85] Cf. § xiii.

[86] Cf. Lappenberg, _op. cit._, p. 171.

[87] Cf. _supra_, p. 81.

[88] Cf. History of Scotland, London, 1800.

[89] Gerstenberg was sagacious enough to notice Macpherson’s borrowings
and upon this conviction he based his first scruples as to the
authenticity of the poems. Cf. _infra_, p. 105.

[90] Cf. _op. cit._

[91] Cf. Vetterlein, Klopstocks Oden und Elegieen, 3 vols. Leipzig,
1827–8. Vol. 2, p. 106, after whom Düntzer, _op. cit._, Vol. 1, p. 349.

[92] Cp. “bemoste Steine,” Hermannsschlacht, Sc. 2, and Ossian’s
continually recurring “mossy stones.”

[93] Cp. _infra_, p. 127.

[94] Cf. Muncker, _op. cit._, p. 384.

[95] Cf. p. 208, ll. 1–18 (Tauchnitz).

[96] Cf. The Songs of Selma, p. 208, l. 13.

[97] Cf. Fingal, Bk. ii, p. 231, ll. 10–12, Bk. iv, p. 249, ll. 11–6,
24–7; Temora, Bk. iii, p. 326, ll. 28–32, Bk. viii, first 9 ll., p. 361;
etc., etc.

[98] Cf. _supra_, p. 93.

[99] Cf. _op. cit._

[100] Cf. p. 212, ll. 15–6 (Tauch.).

[101] Not the country, as Muncker and others.

[102] Cf. _op. cit._, Vol. 1, pp. 137–8.

[103] Cf. Vol. 2, pp. 90–1.

[104] Cf. Deutsches Museum, 1782, i, pp. 165–8.

[105] Cf. _l. c._, 1782, ii, pp. 389–95.

[106] Cp. l. 50 of the ode Kaiser Heinrich (1764): “Dein ist der Vorzeit
edler Gesang!” etc.

[107] The first edition had a chorus in the second scene corresponding
to the one cited, except that the last line read: “Wie die Frühlingsluft
in der Eiche,” and a stanza by two bards in the third scene beginning:

    Ihr Sohne Thuiskon’s, der Bardengesang
    Schweigt von den Schlachten der lang vergangnen Zeit.


[108] In the first edition only.

[109] Not May 9, as Back und Spindler and others. Cf. Archiv für
Literaturgeschichte, Vol. 3, p. 397

[110] Cf. _supra_, p. 91.

[111] Cf. _ibid._ But cf. Löbell, Die Entwicklung der deutschen Poesie,
etc., Braunschweig, 1856, Vol. 1, p. 282.

[112] Cf. Arch. für Litteraturgesch., Vol. 3, p. 404.

[113] Cf. Memoirs of the Life of Sir James Mackintosh, 2 vols., London,
1835. Vol. 1, p. 345. Letter dated July 28, 1807.

[114] Cf. Ehrmann, Die Bardische Lyrik im Achtzehnten Jahrhundert.
(Diss.) Halle, 1892; reviewed in the Gött. gel. Anz., 1895, i, pp.
69–80, where a _Vorgeschichte_ of the new _Bardentum_ is given on pp.
69–72. Kürschner’s Dtsche Nat. Litt., Vol. 48, etc.

[115] Denis first received the name from Kretschmann; cf. Lieder Sineds
des Barden, 1772, p. 173, note.

[116] It must not be forgotten, however, that this giving of names was
no uncommon thing a century and a half ago, the names of Greek poets
being frequently resorted to, _e. g._, Gessner—the German Theocritus,
Madame Karsch—Sappho, Willamov—Pindar, etc., and likewise
Klopstock—Homer, Gerstenberg—Alciphron.

[117] The term bard was not exclusively confined to German poetry, but
speaking broadly, bardic and German were synonymous. Cf. Ehrmann, _op.
cit._, p. 14.

[118] Max Koch, in his review of Ehrmann’s Bardische Lyrik, Lit.
Centralblatt, 1893, pp. 796–7, does not consider Ossian as the chief
source of the introduction of the spirits of the departed, but I am
inclined to refer most of this business to Ossian.

[119] Cf. Ehrmann, _op. cit._, p. 47.

[120] Cf. _l. c._, pp. 4–59, where examples are given.

[121] Cf. _l. c._, p. 59.

[122] Briefe über Merkwürdigkeiten der Litteratur. Erste und Zweyte
Sammlung. Schleswig und Leipzig. 1766. Dritte Sammlung. 1767. Continued
in Ueber Merkwürdigkeiten der Litteratur. Hamburg und Bremen. 1770.

[123] On pp. 103–5. Cp. _supra_, p. 78. The letter further contains
paragraphs on The Reliques of ancient English poetry (pp. 105–8) and on
Dänische Kiämpe–Viser (pp. 108–15).

[124] Cf. _l. c._, p. 104.

[125] Cf. Vierteljahrsch. für Litteraturgesch., Vol. 2, pp. 180–1.

[126] Cf. Works, 1815–6. Vol. 2, p. 90.

[127] Cf. _l. c._, p. 92.

[128] Cf. Vierteljahrsch. für Litteraturgesch., Vol. 2, p. 182.

[129] Cf. Works, Vol. 2, p. 97.

[130] Cf. V. f. L, _l. c._

[131] Cf. Works, Vol. 2, p. 98. Compare Gerstenberg’s Schlachtlied:
“Feuerbraunen Angesichts, Ihr Auge blutroth, starr ihr Blick.” This poem
shows the influence of Ossian, especially in the refrain: “Die Sonne
sinkt, und stiller wird’s im Thal, Und Geisterschatten lispeln durch die
Luft.”

[132] Cf. _l. c._, p. 93.

[133] Cf. _l. c._, pp. 93–5.

[134] Cf. _l. c._, p. 104.

[135] Cf. _l. c._, p. 144.

[136] Cf. _l. c._, p. 145.

[137] Cf. Temora, Bk. iv, p. 337, l. 34 and p. 339, ll. 25–6.

[138] Cf. Works, Vol. 2, p. 146.

[139] Cf. _l. c._, p. 81.

[140] Cf. _ibid._

[141] Cf. _l. c._, p. 85.

[142] Cf. Jacobs, Gerstenbergs Ugolino, Berlin, 1898.

[143] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, pp. 386–7.

[144] Cf. _l. c._, pp. 395–6.

[145] Cf. _op. cit._, pp. 105–6.

[146] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 402.

[147] Cf. _l. c._, p. 408.

[148] Cf. Comala, p. 139, l. 33; The Songs of Selma, p. 211, l. 5; etc.,
etc.

[149] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 424.

[150] Cf. Jacobs, _op. cit._, p. 106.

[151] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 467. Act 4.

[152] Cf. _l. c._, p. 497. Act 5.

[153] Cf. _l. c._, p. 438.

[154] Cf. _l. c._, p. 440.

[155] Cf. Jacobs, _op. cit._, p. 106.

[156] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 445.

[157] Jacobs has Fingal by mistake.

[158] Cf. _l. c._, p. 494.

[159] Cf. _l. c._, p. 456.

[160] Cf. _l. c._, p. 457.

[161] Cf. _l. c._, p. 464.

[162] Cf. _l. c._, pp. 487–8.

[163] Cf. Knebel’s Literarischer Nachlass und Briefwechsel, Leipzig,
1835, Vol. 2, p. 87. Notice by Boie. For further particulars, cf.
Jacobs, _op. cit._, pp. 127–45.

[164] Cf. Calthon and Colmal, p. 182, ll. 1–2. Cp. Berrathon, p. 377, l.
21: “My dwelling was not always in caves.”

[165] Cf. Carthon, p. 156, ll. 15–6. Cp. Fingal, Bk. ii. p. 234, l. 14:
“Her hair was the wing of the raven;” Dar–Thula, p. 279, l. 36: “Thy
hair like the raven’s wing,” etc.

[166] Cp. Dar–Thula, p. 279, l. 36–p. 280, l. 3. In this connection the
following extract from a review of a Correspondence entre S.A.R. le
Prince Gustave de Suède avec S.E. le Senateur Schaeffer (1772) in the
Frankfurter gelehrte Anzeigen, 1772, p. 277, deserves to be quoted: ...
“aber, zwo Maximen haben wir drin vermisst, die doch, unsrer Meinung
nach, durchgehends in einer Fürstlichen Erziehung herrschen sollten:
die, welche David seinem Sohne gab: Sey ein Mann! und die, welche Fingal
dem Seinigen einprägte: Bend the Strong in Arms, but spare the feeble
Hand. Be thou a Stream of many Tides against the foe of thy people, but
like the gale that moves the grass to those who ask thy aid.”

[167] Cf. The Songs of Selma, pp. 208–10.

[168] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 109.

[169] Cf. Vol. 77, i, pp. 116–8 (1787).

[170] The reviewer in the Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol.
34, ii, p. 284, criticizes this scene rather sarcastically. He says:
“Und nun gerathen die Herren in eine poetische Entzückung und deklamiren
sich mancherley im ossianischen Schwung vor. Nachdem sie sich aber
beiderseits aus diesem Schwindel erholt haben,” etc.

[171] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, pp. 104–7.

[172] Cf. _l. c._, pp. 107–9.

[173] Cf. Act 1, i, 3; p. 52.

[174] Cf. Act 4, 6; p. 252.

[175] Cf. Act 2, i, 1; p. 100. Ossian’s heroines all have snow–white
hands, arms, necks and bosoms, and generally raven–black locks. Cp.
Lathmon, p. 277, l. 9: “Her hair spreads on her neck of snow.”

[176] Cf. Act 4, 3; p. 214.

[177] Cf. p. 184, Tauchnitz.

[178] Cp. _e. g._, Cath–Loda, Duan i, pp. 128–9, Oithona, pp. 172–4,
etc.

[179] Cf. Act 2, ii; p. 129. Cp. The Battle of Lora, p. 303, ll. 17–8:
“The moon looks into thy cave,” etc.

[180] Cf. Vol. 34, ii, p. 298.

[181] Cf. _l. c._, p. 288.

[182] Cf. 1789, i, p. 719.

[183] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, pp. 25–6.

[184] Cf. Act 2, ii, 4; p. 132. Song of Minona.

[185] Cf. _ibid._, p. 133.

[186] Cf. _ibid._, p. 134.

[187] Cf. Act 3, ii, 4; pp. 171–2.

[188] As to the nature of these songs, cf. Ryno’s explanations to
Edelstan, Act 4, 3 pp. 219–25.

[189] Cf. Act 4, 3; p. 220.

[190] Cf. Act 2, ii, 5; p. 137.

[191] Cf. Act 3, ii, 2; p. 166.

[192] (Du Geist.) Cp. Fingal, Bk. ii, p. 227, l. 5: The ghost sat upon
“a dark–red stream of fire.” etc.

[193] Cf. Act 3, ii, 5; pp. 201–2.

[194] Cf. Act 5, 1; p. 306.

[195] Cf. Act 5, 2; p. 325.

[196] In Ossian Brumo is a place of worship in Craca. Cf. Temora, Bk.
ii, p. 319, l. 25. Cp. Fingal, Bk. vi, p. 265, ll. 28–9: “Within the
circle of Brumo, he spoke to the stone of power.”

[197] Cf. Act 5, 4; p. 343.

[198] Cf. Act 4, 8; p. 282.

[199] It has been stated and doubted that Leonore’s disguise in the last
act of Schiller’s Fiesco was suggested by Ossian. I shall give my views
on the question in connection with the chapter on Schiller.

[200] Cf. Works, Vol. 1, p. 365.

[201] Cf. P. v. Hofmann–Wellenhof, Michael Denis Ein Beitrag zur
Deutsch–Oesterreichischen Literaturgeschichte des xviii. Jahrhunderts.
Innsbruck, 1881.

[202] Denis first became acquainted with Ossian in Cesarotti’s
translation in the year 1763.

[203] Notice that in the case of Denis, Klopstock was not uninstrumental
in instilling veneration for the Celtic Homer; Gerstenberg, on the other
hand, is not mentioned. Cp. _supra_, p. 82.

[204] Cf. Retzer, Denis’ Lit. Nachlass, 1801–2, Vol. 2, pp. 158–9.

[205] Cf. _ibid._, p. 124. Letter of Gleim to Denis, dated Halberstadt,
May 3, 1769.

[206] Cf. Allg. Deutsche Bibl., Vol. 10, i, p. 64.

[207] Cf. _ibid._, p. 65.

[208] Cf. _ibid._, p. 69.

[209] For a detailed notice of this essay cf. the paragraphs on Herder,
for which all further remarks on Herder’s attitude will be reserved.

[210] Cf. Allg. deutsche Bibl., Vol. 17, ii, p. 438.

[211] Cf. _ibid._, p. 442.

[212] Cf. _ibid._, p. 445.

[213] Cf. _ibid._, pp. 445–6; cp. _supra_, pp. 85–6.

[214] Cf. Neue Bibl. der schönen Wissenschaften, Vol. 8, i, p. 99
(1769).

[215] Cf. _ibid._, p. 101.

[216] Cf. _ibid._. pp. 102–5. Episode of Morna, daughter of Cormac,
Fingal, Bk. i, p. 219, l. 13–p. 220, l. 34.

[217] Cf. _ibid._, pp. 105–8.

[218] Cf. _ibid._, pp. 108–9. Fingal, Bk. ii, p. 230, l. 28–p. 231, l.
6.

[219] Cf. Ossians und Sineds Lieder, Vol. 1, pp. 117–32; cp. p. 120,
note.

[220] Cf. _ibid._, Vol. 4, pp. 81–97.

[221] Cf. Gött. Anz. von gel. Sachen, 1768, ii, p. 1285.—In regard to
the form of Comala, cp. also Ehrmann, _op. cit._, p. 87.

[222] Cf. _ibid._, p. 1282.

[223] For examples cf. Hofmann–Wellenhof, _op. cit._, pp. 182–4.—The
different meters employed are discussed on pp. 174–81 of the biography.

[224] Ramler read Fingal in Denis’s translation with his pupils in the
Berlin cadet–school and explained the epic to receptive ears. In a
letter dated Oct. 5, 1777, he writes to Denis of his success in the
following words: “Was für einen Eindruck die mächtigen und natürlichen
schönen Gedanken Ihres Ossians auf meine achtzehnjährigen Zuhörer
gemacht haben, kann ich Ihnen nicht beschreiben. Sie waren traurig, wenn
die Stunde sobald zu Ende gieng; und wenn ich des folgenden Tages das
Buch wieder öffnete, stieg ihre Seele ihnen in die Augen. Sie
verschlangen alles;” etc. Cf. Michael’s Denis Lit. Nachlass, 1801–2.
Vol. 2, p. 137.

[225] Cf. Die Lieder Sineds des Barden, pp. 1–2.

[226] Cp. Cath–Loda, ii, p. 133, l. 26; The Songs of Selma, p. 212, l.5;
also The Death of Cuthullin, p. 292, l. 22; “The silent valleys of
night,” etc.

[227] Cp. The Death of Cuthullin, p. 292, ll. 20–1.

[228] Ossian.

[229] Cf. Lieder Sineds, p. 4. It was a common circumstance for a German
poet at that time to assume that the mantle of some great forerunner had
fallen upon his shoulders, _teste_ Nicolai, who wished to be considered
Lessing’s successor; Denis hints at his representation of Ossian more
than once.

[230] Cf. Hofmann–Wellenhof, _op. cit._, p. 213.

[231] Cf. Lieder Sineds, p. 85, Gruss des Tages. Cp. Beurlaubung des
Tages, p. 142: “Auf Ihren Barden sey der Geist der Lieder.”

[232] Cf. _ibid._, Theresia die Mutter, p. 107.

[233] Cp. _e. g._, Berrathon, p. 380, last 3 ll.

[234] Cf. Temora, Bk. iv, p. 334, ll. 7–8; Bk. vii, p. 357, l. 23, etc.

[235] Cf. Lieder Sineds, pp. 96–7.

[236] Cf. _ibid._, p. 103.

[237] Cf. _ibid._, p. 100. Also Urlaub von der sichtbaren Welt (p. 287),
and Drittes Vaterlandslied (p. 223): “Wonne der Wehmuth.” Cp. Goethe’s
poem, “Wonne der Wehmuth,” and _infra_, p. 150.

[238] Cf. _ibid._, pp. 100–1.

[239] Cf. _ibid._, p. 110. Cp. Theresia die Starkmüthige, p. 120: “Des
... Schwertes Blitz,” and p. 121: “Blitz des Schwertes.”

[240] Cf. Calthon and Colmal, p. 184, ll. 22–3, The Songs of Selma, p.
211, ll. 6–7, Fingal, Bk. iv, p. 248, l. 26, etc., etc. Cp. _infra_, p.
142.

[241] Cf. Sul–Malla of Lumon, p. 201, ll. 17–9.

[242] Cf. Sineds Lieder, p. 111.

[243] Cf. Fingal, Bk. iii, p. 239, l. 23, etc.

[244] Similarly An den Obersten der Barden Teuts, p. 184, etc.

[245] Cf. Fingal, Bk. vi, p. 264, l. 25, etc.

[246] Cf. Temora, Bk. i, p. 310, l. 24.

[247] Cf. Lieder Sineds, p. 117. Cp. Goethe’s Faust, Part 2, l. 11529.

[248] Cf. Fingal, Bk. vi, p. 264, l. 24.

[249] Cf. Lathmon, p. 275, l. 2.

[250] The “Geist der Lieder” is repeatedly referred to in the Lieder
Sineds, _e. g._, pp. 142, 182, etc. Cf. Ehrmann, _op. cit._, p. 40, and
cp. _infra_, pp. 141 and 147.

[251] Cf. The War of Caros, p. 188, ll. 1–2: “The light of the song
rises in Ossian’s soul.”

[252] Cf. Temora, Bk. iv, p. 338, ll. 8–9: “The light–winged thought
that flies across the soul.” Bk. vi, p. 350, ll. 11–2: “As lightning ...
a thought came rushing along my soul.”

[253] Cf. Dar–Thula, p. 279, last 2 ll.: “Thy soul was generous and
mild, like the hour of the setting sun,” etc.

[254] Cf. Carric–Thura, p. 146, ll. 3–4; cp. Temora, Bk. iii, p. 328, l.
6; etc.; also Ossians und Sineds Lieder, 1784, Vol. 4, p. 148.

[255] Cf. Lathmon, p. 275, l. 16.

[256] Mein Spiel.

[257] Cf. Temora, Bk. ii, p. 323, l. 28.

[258] Cf. Comala, p. 140, l. 27, and note.

[259] Cp. Sineds Lieder, pp. 224, 235, etc.

[260] Cf. _e. g._, Croma, p. 179, ll. 16–7: The joy “was like the faint
beam of the moon spread on a cloud in heaven.”

[261] Cf. Sineds Lieder, pp. 209–10, note.

[262] Cf. _ibid._, p. 215.

[263] Cp. Urlaub, pp. 284, 288, Vierte Klage, p. 270, and _infra_, p.
149.

[264] Cp. also Ossians und Sineds Lieder, 1784, Vol. 4, p. 149, p. 203;
Vol. 5, p. 151.

[265] Cf. particularly Temora, Bk. i, p. 313, ll. 1–3 and the note; also
Bk. vii, p. 355, ll. 20–1.

[266] Cp. Das Kunstfeuer, Ossians und Sineds Lieder, 1784, Vol. 4, p.
206.

[267] Cf. _ibid._, Vol. 3, p. 50.

[268] Cp. _infra_, p. 138.

[269] Cf. The Battle of Lora, p. 298, ll. 14–5.

[270] Denis had originally translated from the English edition of 1765.

[271] Cf. Bibliography, 1777.

[272] Cf. Ossians und Sineds Lieder, Vol. 4, pp. 101–2.

[273] Cf. Temora, Bk. i, p. 307, l. 3.

[274] Cf. Temora, Bk. ii, p. 324, l. 6; Berrathon, p. 374, l. 7.

[275] Cf. Dar–Thula, p. 287, ll. 4–5; cp. _ibid._, p. 285, ll. 30–1.

[276] Cf. Kürschner’s Dtsche Nat.–Lit., Vol. 48, pp. 305–11.—Carl
Friedrich Kretschmann, (der Barde Rhingulph). Von Dr. Hermann Fried.
Knothe, Zittau, 1858.

[277] When we speak of the lyric poems, we mean those that are not
distinctively bardic. The bardic poems are naturally, as a rule, of a
lyric nature.

[278] Cf. Works, Vol. I, p. 2.

[279] Cf. _ibid._, p. 9.

[280] Cf. _ibid._ pp. 26–7.

[281] Cf. _ibid._, pp. 48, 73, 88, 106, etc.

[282] Cf. Vierteljahrschrift für Litteraturgeschichte, Vol. 6, p. 199.

[283] Cf. _supra_, p. 130.

[284] Cf. pp. 142, 209, 210, 283, etc.

[285] Cf. Leitzmann in his review of Ehrmann’s Bardische Lyrik,
Literaturblatt für germ. und rom. Phil., Vol. 16, pp. 223–4 (1895).

[286] Cf. Temora, Bk. viii, p. 363, l. 24; p. 368, l. 3; etc.

[287] Cf. Fingal, Bk. i, p. 217, ll. 8–9.

[288] Cf. Fingal, Bk. iv, p. 247, ll. 33–5.

[289] Cp. _supra_, p. 129, _infra_, p. 144.

[290] Cf. The Songs of Selma, p. 211, l. 6. Towards the end of the first
canto of the Klage (p. 147) we have: “Des Sturmes Zorn.”

[291] Cf. Tauchnitz, p. 211, ll. 5–12.

[292] Cp. also Rhingulphs Klage, p. 138, etc.

[293] Cf. Fingal, Bk. i, p. 217, l. 19; Temora, Bk. v, p. 341, l. 31,
etc. The passage in Fingal has “_Thou_ breaker of the shields,” and so
Kretschmann: “_du_ Schild–Zerbrecher.”

[294] Cp. _supra_, pp. 93 and 97.

[295] Cf. Fingal, Bk. v, p. 259, next to the last line.

[296] Cf. _supra_, pp. 97–8, 110–1.

[297] Cf. The Songs of Selma, p. 211, ll. 8–9. Cp. _supra_, p. 100, but
cp. Exodus, xv, 7, Psalms lix, 13, etc.

[298] Cf. Temora, Bk. vi, p. 352, l. 23; also _ibid._, p. 350, l. 17 and
note, etc.

[299] Cf. Temora, Bk. iv, p. 338, l. 13.

[300] Cp. _supra_, pp. 129 and 142.

[301] Cf. Fingal, Bk. v, p. 257, l. 30.

[302] Cf. The War of Caros, p. 192, ll. 15–6, etc.

[303] Cf. Temora, Bk. iii, p. 329, ll. 24–5.

[304] Cf. The War of Caros, p. 191, l. 8.

[305] Cf. The War of Inis–Thona, p. 204, ll. 30–1.

[306] Cf. Fingal, Bk. i, p. 221, ll. 4–7.

[307] Cf. _ibid._, Bk. iii, p. 240, l. 25.

[308] Cf. _ibid._, Bk. vi, p. 265, ll. 4–5.

[309] Cf. Temora, Bk. vii, p. 357, ll. 2–30.

[310] Cf. Fingal, Bk. iii, p. 240, l. 12.

[311] Cf. Temora, Bk. vi, p. 354, ll. 3–4.

[312] Cf. Works, Vol. 2, p. 223; cp. _supra_, p. 128.

[313] Cf. _supra_, p. 89.

[314] Cf. Temora, Bk. ii, p. 324, ll. 28–9.

[315] Cf. Works, Vol. 5, p. 13. Cp. Ehrmann, _op. cit._, pp. 54–5.

[316] Cf. Vol. 5, p. 13; cp. _supra_, p. 130.

[317] The word _Telyn_, as we have seen, was adopted by the bards from
Klopstock. Kretschmann uses it in the poem An Vater Gleim, and
elsewhere. Cp. _supra_, p. 88.

[318] Gottlob David Hartmann, 1752–75, who in a letter to Denis, dated
Tübingen, Sept. 24, 1772, confesses that he owes everything to him
(Denis) and his Ossian. (Cf. Retzer, Denis’ Lit. Nachlass, 1801–2, Vol.
2, p. 194.) Hartmann has a poem An den Barden Rhingulph, which begins
(Alm. der deutschen Musen for 1773, p. 12): “O Hermanns Barde, der Du an
Ossians Empörtem Busen Schlachtengesang gehorcht,” and in which the word
_Telyn_ is also used (p. 13).

[319] Cp. Die Regeln, Works, Vol. 5, p. 338.

[320] For full title cf. Bibliography, _supra_, p. 14.

[321] Haschka was apparently extremely fond of the name Minona, for we
meet with it several times again in the same collection. In the
Liebeslied (pp. 21–2) Minona is the ideal maiden love; then we have a
poem entitled An Minona (pp. 22–3), another one Minona (pp. 116–7),
still another one Cronnan und Minona (p. 218), and she occurs once more
in Der Blumenstrauss (p. 312).

[322] Cf. The Songs of Selma, p. 211, l. 15; Fingal, Bk. i, p. 218, l.
29; etc., etc.

[323] Cp. _supra_, p. 134.

[324] Cp. _supra_, p. 133.

[325] Cf. Cathlin of Clutha, p. 196, l. 3; Sul–Malla of Lumon, p. 199,
l. 13, etc.

[326] Cf. The Songs of Selma, p. 212, ll. 32–3; cp. _supra_, p. 130, and
_infra_, p. 150.

[327] Cf. Temora, Bk. iii, p. 329, ll. 23–4; cp. _supra_, pp. 97–8,
110–1, 141, and 144.

[328] Cf. _e. g._, Temora, Bk. i, p. 310, l. 29.

[329] Cf. Carthon, p. 157, l. 23.

[330] Cp. _supra_, p. 128.

[331] Cf. Fingal, Bk. iv. p. 245, l. 8.

[332] Cf. Almanach der deutschen Musen for 1772, pp. 106–7.

[333] Cf. Litt. Monate, p. 127. Cp. Dar–Thula, p. 278, l. 5; p. 279, l.
11, etc.

[334] Cf. Goedeke’s Grundriss, 2d ed., Vol. 4, p. 112, 27.

[335] Cf. Ehrmann, _op. cit._, pp. 54–5, and _supra_, p. 147.

[336] Cf. Leipziger Musenalmanach for 1776, p. 212.

[337] Cf. Taschenbuch für Dichter und Dichterfreunde, 1778, pp. 87–8.

[338] Cf. Aus den Papieren des Barden von Riva. Telliade, etc.
Herausgegeben von Ernst Götzinger. St. Gallen, 1891. p. 12 (Vorrede zur
Telliade).


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Transcriber’s Notes


The following are inconsistently used in the text:

Neuentdeckte and Neu–entdeckte

widespread and wide–spread

Düsseldorf and Dusseldorf

Nürnberg and Nurnberg

Ouvertüre and Ouverture

Zürich and Zurich

Temoræ and Temorae

Macpherson’schen and Macphersonschen

Kaufmann and Kauffmann


The following errors have been corrected:

p. 5 “verchiedenen” changed to “verschiedenen”

p. 5 “gesammlet” changed to “gesammelt”

p. 24 full stop added to text (Dar–Thula, p. 288, l.)

p. 29 full stop added to text (No. 20, pp. 318–20.)

p. 34 “comparision” changed to “comparison”

p. 39 “Frauenzimner” changed to “Frauenzimmer”

p. 57 “Macpherson’’schen” changed to “Macpherson’schen”

p. 57 “non–authenticit” changed to “non–authenticity”

p. 60 full stop added to text (3. Herder.)

p. 63 “übersetzungen” changed to “Übersetzungen”

p. 64 “songs whatsoever.’)” changed to “songs whatsoever.)”

p. 73 (note) “but not unti” changed to “but not until”

p. 74 (note) full stop added to text (l. c.)

p. 75 “ranslation of” changed to “translation of”

p. 75 “Wissenchaften” changed to “Wissenschaften”

p. 80 (note) full stop added to text (pp. 237–8.)

p. 112 (note) “Briefwechse” changed to “Briefwechsel”

p. 116 footnote marker added to text (verständlich sind.”[181])

p. 118 “dar Tag” changed to “der Tag”

p. 132 quotation mark added to text (Markmännern”)

p. 141 “mossy cave.”” changed to “mossy cave.”

p. 147 “tritt . unter” changed to “tritt ... unter”


Some possible errors have been left unchanged:

p. 6 “Irrländers”

p. 17 “Fragmente fon Klopstock”

p. 87 “Feyrend”

p. 87 “Wilst”

p. 114 unbalanced quotation marks have been left as printed.

p. 141 “Lezte”





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