"To mine the king of Iniscon,' said Connal, 'heart of steel'"

— Ossian; Macpherson, James (1736-1796)

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Printed for T. Becket
"To mine the king of Iniscon,' said Connal, 'heart of steel'"
Metaphor in Context
"Behold," said the king of generous shells, "how Lochlin divides on Lena! they stand like broken clouds on a hill; or an half-consumed grove of oaks: when we see the sky through its branches, and the meteor passing behind! Let every chief among the friends of Fingal take a dark troop of those that frown so high: Nor let a son of the echoing groves bound on the waves of Inistore!

"Mine," said Gaul, "be the seven chiefs, that came from Lano's lake." "Let Inistore's dark king," said Oscar, "come to the sword of Ossian's son." To mine the king of Iniscon," said Connal, "heart of steel!" "Or Mudan's chief or I," said brown-haired Dermid, "shall sleep on clay-cold earth." My choice, though now so weak and dark, was Terman's battling king; I promised with my hand to win the hero's dark-brown shield. "Blest and victorious be my chiefs," said Fingal of the mildest look. "Swaran, king of roaring waves, thou art the choice of Fingal!"
(pp. 57-8)
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8 entries in ESTC (1762, 1763, 1771) .

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: Printed for T. Becket, 1762). <Link to ESTC>

ESTC note: Not translated, "In fact by James Macpherson."
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.