The Poems of William Dunbar

The Poems of William Dunbar

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A selection of some fifty of Dunbar's poems, with introduction, notes, glossary, and six pages of "appreciations" ranging from John Pinkerton's (1786) to C.S. Lewis (1954). The notes to this edition gave a great deal of historical and linguistic information as well as much critical interpretation of individual poems.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 125 x 184 x 13.21mm | 199.58g
  • University of Exeter Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • bibliography, glossary
  • 0859893294
  • 9780859893299

Table of contents

Biographical and Textual Note
Divine Poems
1. Rorate celi desuper
2. Amang thir freiris within ane cloister
3. Done is a battell on the dragon blak
4. Hale sterne superne, hale in eterne
5. Quhen Merche wes with variand windis past ('The Thistle and the Rose')
6. Blyth Aberdeane, thow beriall of all tounis
7. Renownit, ryall, right reverend and serene
8. Lang heff I maed of ladyes quhytt
Poems of Love
9. Sweit rois of vertew and of gentilnes
10. Sen that I am a presoneir ('Bewty and the Presoneir')
11. Ryght as the stern of day begouth to schyne ('The Goldyn Targe')
12. Apon the Midsummer evin, mirriest of nichtis ('The Tretis of the tua mariit Wemen and the Wedo')
13. In secreit place this hyndir nycht
Visions and Nightmares
14. This nycht before the dawing cleir ('How Dumbar was desyrd to be ane Freir')
15. As yung Awrora with cristall haile ('The fenyeit freir of Tungland')
16. Lucina schynnyng in silence of the nicht
17. Off Februar the fyiftene nycht ('The Dance of the sevin deidly Synnis')
18. Nixt that a turnament wes tryid
19. Betuix twell hours and ellevin
20. He that hes gold and grit riches
21. I seik about this warld unstabille
22. My heid did yak yester nicht
23. I that in heill wes and gladnes ('Lament for the Makaris')
24. In to thir dirk and drubile dayis
25. Full oft I mus and hes in thocht
26. Quhat is this lyfe bot ane straucht way to deid
27. Salviour, suppois my sensualitie
28. Now culit is dame Venus brand
29. To speik of science, craft, or sapience
30. Doverrit with dreme, devysing in my slummer
31. Ane murlandis man of uplandis mak
32. Quhy will ye marchantis of renoun
33. Airlie on As Wodnisday
Life at Court
34. Schir Johine the Ros, ane thing thair is compild ('The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie')
35. Sir Jhon Sinclair begowthe to dance ('Of a Dance in the Quenis Chalmer')
36. Now lythis off ane gentill knycht
37. The wardraipper of Venus boure
38. O gracious princes, guid and fair
39. Schir, ye have mony servitouris
40. Schir, for your grace bayth nicht and day
41. Schir, yit remembir as of befoir
42. Schir. lett it nevir in toun be tald
43. I, Maister Andro Kennedy
44. We that ar heir in hevins glory ('Dirige to the King')
Poems of Uncertain Authorship
45. My gudame wes a gay wif, bot scho wes ryght gend ('The Ballad of Kynd Kittok')
46. Harry, harry, hobbillschowe
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An excellent selection of some fifty of Dunbar's poems, with introduction, notes, glossary... An admirable volume that deserves to be widely used. * Review of English Studies *
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About J. Kinsley

James Kinsley was formerly Professor of English Studies at the University of Nottingham
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