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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  • 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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To A Lady

SWEET rois of vertew and of gentilness,
Delytsum lily of everie lustynes,
   Richest in bontie and in bewtie clear,
   And everie vertew that is wenit dear,
Except onlie that ye are mercyless

Into your garth this day I did persew;
There saw I flowris that fresche were of hew;
   Baith quhyte and reid most lusty were to seyne,
   And halesome herbis upon stalkis greene;
Yet leaf nor flowr find could I nane of rew.

I doubt that Merche, with his cauld blastis keyne,
Has slain this ...

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