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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Sweet Rose Of Virtue

Sweet rose of virtue and of gentleness,
delightful lily of youthful wantonness,
richest in bounty and in beauty clear
and in every virtue that is held most dear―
except only that you are merciless.

Into your garden, today, I followed you;
there I saw flowers of freshest hue,
both white and red, delightful to see,
and wholesome herbs, waving resplendently―
yet nowhere, one leaf or flower of rue.

I fear that March with his last arctic blast
has slain my fair rose of pallid and gentle cast,
whose piteous death does my heart such pain
that, if I ...

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