The Poems of William Dunbar, Now First Collected: With Notes, and a Memoir of His Life, Volume 2

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Laing and Forbes, 1834 - 325 pages

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Page 214 - Er it was day, as she was wont to do, She was arisen, and all redy dight. For May wol have no slogardie a-night. The seson priketh every gentil herte, And maketh him out of his slepe to sterte, And sayth, arise, and do thin observance.
Page 261 - ... fogs Of an infected darkness : in this place Dwell many thousand thousand sundry sorts Of never-dying deaths: there damned souls Roar without pity; there are gluttons fed With toads and adders; there is burning oil Pour'd down the drunkard's throat; the usurer Is...
Page 270 - Midsummer evin, mirriest of nichtis, I muvit furth allane, neir as midnicht wes past, Besyd ane gudlie grein garth, full of gay flouris, Hegeit, of ane huge hicht, with hawthorne treis; Quhairon ane bird, on ane bransche...
Page 354 - a poet," which name hath, as the most excellent, gone through other languages. It cometh of this word Poiein, which is "to make": wherein, I know not whether by luck or wisdom, we Englishmen have met with the Greeks in calling him "a maker...
Page 258 - And, after all, upon the wagon beame Rode Sathan with a smarting whip in hand, With which he forward lasht the laesie teme, So oft as Slowth still in the mire did stand. Huge routs of people did about them band, Showting for...
Page 362 - My ancestors are turn'd to clay, And many of my mates are gone; My youngers daily drop away, And can I think to 'scape alone ? No, no ; I know that I must die, And yet my life amend not I. * * * * If none can 'scape Death's dreadful dart; If rich and poor his beck obey; If strong, if wise, if all do smart, Then I to 'scape shall have no way : Then grant me grace, O God! that I My life may mend, since I must die.
Page 222 - The discerning reader will observe, that the cast of this poem is tinctured with the morality and imagery of the ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE, and the FLOURE AND LEAFE, of Chaucer.
Page 456 - Castle (at which tyme without was shot a gret peale of gunnes), and the Ladies defended the Castle with rose water and comfittes, and the Lordes threwe in dates and orenges and other fruites made for pleasure; but at the last the place was wonne; but lady Scorne and her compaignie stubbernely defended tham with boon's and balles, till they were driven out of the place and fled.
Page 166 - And he that hid Sanct Johnis ene with ane wimple, And he that dang Sanct Augustine with ane rumple, 125 Thy fowll front had, and he that Bartilmo flaid; The gallowis gaipis eftir thy graceles gruntill, As thow wald for ane haggeis, hungry gled. Commirwald crawdoun, na man comptis the...
Page 444 - This poem gives a favourable idea of Kennedy as a versifier. His lines are more polished and smooth than those of his contemporaries. If he is the person against whom Dunbar directed his Invective, he has met with hard measure.

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