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John Barbour

(c.1320 – 13 March 1395 / Aberdeenshire or Galloway, Scotland)

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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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  • ''Ah! Freedom is a noble thing!
    Freedom makes man to have liking:
    Freedom all solace to man gives:
    He lives at ease that freely lives!''
    John Barbour (1316?-1395), Scottish poet, prelate, scholar. The Bruce (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quill...
  • ''That is coupled to foul thraldom.
    But if he had assayed it,
    Then all perquer he should it wit;
    And should think freedom more to prize
    Than all the gold in world that is.''
    John Barbour (1316?-1395), Scottish poet, prelate, scholar. The Bruce (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quill...
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