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This is a selection of some fifty of Dunbar's poems, with introduction, notes, glossary, and six pages of "appreciations" ranging from John Pinkerton's (1786) to C.S. Lewis (1954). The notes to this edition gave a great deal of historical and linguistic information as well as much critical interpretation of individual poems.
James Kinsley was formerly Professor of English Studies at the University of Nottingham
Introduction Biographical and Textual Note Appreciations Divine Poems 1. Rorate celi desuper 2. Amang thir freiris within ane cloister 3. Done is a battell on the dragon blak 4. Hale sterne superne, hale in eterne Celebrations 5. Quhen Merche wes with variand windis past ('The Thistle and the Rose') 6. Blyth Aberdeane, thow beriall of all tounis 7. Renownit, ryall, right reverend and serene 8. Lang heff I maed of ladyes quhytt Poems of Love 9. Sweit rois of vertew and of gentilnes 10. Sen that I am a presoneir ('Bewty and the Presoneir') 11. Ryght as the stern of day begouth to schyne ('The Goldyn Targe') 12. Apon the Midsummer evin, mirriest of nichtis ('The Tretis of the tua mariit Wemen and the Wedo') 13. In secreit place this hyndir nycht Visions and Nightmares 14. This nycht before the dawing cleir ('How Dumbar was desyrd to be ane Freir') 15. As yung Awrora with cristall haile ('The fenyeit freir of Tungland') 16. Lucina schynnyng in silence of the nicht 17. Off Februar the fyiftene nycht ('The Dance of the sevin deidly Synnis') 18. Nixt that a turnament wes tryid 19. Betuix twell hours and ellevin Moralities 20. He that hes gold and grit riches 21. I seik about this warld unstabille 22. My heid did yak yester nicht 23. I that in heill wes and gladnes ('Lament for the Makaris') 24. In to thir dirk and drubile dayis 25. Full oft I mus and hes in thocht 26. Quhat is this lyfe bot ane straucht way to deid 27. Salviour, suppois my sensualitie 28. Now culit is dame Venus brand 29. To speik of science, craft, or sapience 30. Doverrit with dreme, devysing in my slummer 31. Ane murlandis man of uplandis mak 32. Quhy will ye marchantis of renoun 33. Airlie on As Wodnisday Life at Court 34. Schir Johine the Ros, ane thing thair is compild ('The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie') 35. Sir Jhon Sinclair begowthe to dance ('Of a Dance in the Quenis Chalmer') 36. Now lythis off ane gentill knycht 37. The wardraipper of Venus boure 38. O gracious princes, guid and fair 39. Schir, ye have mony servitouris 40. Schir, for your grace bayth nicht and day 41. Schir, yit remembir as of befoir 42. Schir. lett it nevir in toun be tald 43. I, Maister Andro Kennedy 44. We that ar heir in hevins glory ('Dirige to the King') Poems of Uncertain Authorship 45. My gudame wes a gay wif, bot scho wes ryght gend ('The Ballad of Kynd Kittok') 46. Harry, harry, hobbillschowe Notes Glossary
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