John Barbour was a Scottish poet and the first major named literary figure to write in Scots. His principal surviving work is the historical verse romance, The Brus (The Bruce), and his reputation from this poem is such that other long works in Scots which survive from the period are sometimes thought to be by him. He is known to have written a number of other works, but other titles definitely ... more »
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John Barbour Poems
A! Fredome is a noble thing! Fredome mays man to haiff liking; Fredome all solace to man giffis, He levys at ese that frely levys!
The Brus Book X
[Preparations for battle against John of Lorn] Quhen Thomas Randell on this wis Wes takyn as Ik her devys And send to dwell in gud keping
The Brus Book IX
[The king goes to Inverurie and falls ill] Now leve we intill the Forest Douglas that sall bot litill rest
The Brus Book XIV
[Edward Bruce goes to Ireland] The erle off Carrik Schyr Edward, That stoutar wes than a libard
The Brus Book I
This book the true story of King Robert and Sir James Douglas Storys to rede ar delatibill
The Brus Book XV
The Scots win a great battle at Connor] Quhen thai within has sene sua slayn Thar men and chassyt hame agayn
The Brus Book XII
[The king prepares his division] Now Douglas furth his wayis tais, And in that selff tyme fell throw cais
The Brus Book VII
[The king escapes from the hound] The king towart the wod is gane
The Brus Book VI
[Sir Ingram Umfraville praises the king; the men of Galloway pursue him with a tracker dog] The king is went till his logyng
The Brus Book IV
[English harshness to prisoners] In Rawchryne leve we now the king In rest foroutyn barganyng,
The Brus Book 19
[The conspiracy against King Robert; its discovery] Than wes the land a quhile in pes, Bot covatys, that can nocht ces
The Brus Book 18
[Edward Bruce marches toward Dundalk; he debates whether to fight] Bot he that rest anoyit ay And wald in travaill be alway,
The Brus Book V
The king goes to Carrick; he upbraids Cuthbert] Thys wes in ver quhen wynter tid
The Brus Book XI
[Criticism of the compact about Stirling Castle] And quhen this connand thus wes mad Schir Philip intill Ingland raid
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A! Fredome is a noble thing!
Fredome mays man to haiff liking;
Fredome all solace to man giffis,
He levys at ese that frely levys!
A noble hart may haiff nane ese,
Na ellys nocht that may him plese,
Gyff fredome fail; for fre liking
Is yarnyt our all othir thing.
Na he that ay has levyt fre
May nocht knaw weill the propyrte,
The angyr, na the wretchyt dome
That is couplyt to foule thyrldome.
Bot gyff he had assayit it,
Than all perquer he suld it wyt;
And suld think fredome mar to prise
Than all the gold in warld that is.