John Barbour

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

Quotations

  • ''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 Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''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 Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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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,
A day forouth thar aryving
That war send till him fra the king,
5 He tuk his way southwart to far
Magre thaim all that with him war,
For he had nocht than in that land

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