John Barbour (c.1320 – 13 March 1395 / Aberdeenshire or Galloway, Scotland)
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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- The Brus Book 18
- The Brus Book 19
- The Brus Book 20
- The Brus Book I
- The Brus Book II
- The Brus Book III
- The Brus Book IV
- The Brus Book IX
- The Brus Book V
- The Brus Book VI
- The Brus Book VII
- The Brus Book VIII
- The Brus Book X
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''Ah! Freedom is a noble thing!John Barbour (1316?-1395), Scottish poet, prelate, scholar. The Bruce (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quill...
Freedom makes man to have liking:
Freedom all solace to man gives:
He lives at ease that freely lives!''
''That is coupled to foul thraldom.John Barbour (1316?-1395), Scottish poet, prelate, scholar. The Bruce (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quill...
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.''