William Dunbar

(1460 - 1522 / Scotland)

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William Dunbar, was born around the time of 1460, he has left vivid images of Scotland in the reign of James IV, yet much in his own life, including the dates of his birth and death, remains obscure. The Flyting, a verse quarrel between Dunbar and another poet, Walter Kennedy, offers information as to his ancestry, character and personal appearance, but in this type of poem it is difficult to ... more »

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  • ''Done is battell on the dragon blak,
    Our campioun Chryst confountet hes his force;''
    William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), British poet. Done Is a Battle (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, e...
  • He for our saik that sufferit to be slane,
    And lyk a lamb in sacrifice wes dicht,
    Is lyk a lyone rissin up agane,
    And as gyane raxit him on hicht;
    Sprungin is Aurora radius...
    William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), British poet. Done Is a Battle (l. 17-24). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others,...
  • ''Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
    This false world is but transitory;
    The flesh is bruckle, the Fiend is slee:—
    Timor Mortis conturbat me.''
    William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), British poet. Lament for the Makaris (l. 5-8). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and oth...
  • Strong be thy wallis that about the standis;
    Wise be the people that within the dwellis;
    Fresh is thy ryver with his lusty strandis;
    Blith be thy chirches, wele sownyng be thy bel...
    William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), British poet. To the City of London (l. 41-48). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Qui...
  • London, thou art of townes A per se.
    Soveraign of cities, semeliest in sight,
    Of high renoun, riches, and royaltie;
    Of lordis, barons, and many goodly knyght;
    Of most delec...
    William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530), British poet. To the City of London (l. 1-8). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quill...
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  • Debby Dunbar Ortman (3/19/2005 2:35:00 PM)

    I am related to William Dunbar through my Great Grandfather who was Charles Davidson Dunbar, the famous Scottish Bagpipe player and dancer. I live in Duluth, Minnesota.

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