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The Complete Works

By William Dunbar Edited by John Conlee

The Complete Works
Paperback, 488 pages £31.50
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9781580440868
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

Scottish poet William Dunbar is usually considered one of the most important figures of fifteenth-century British literature, and may lay claim to being the finest lyric poet writing in English in the century and half between the death of Chaucer in 1400 and the appearance of Tottel's Miscellany in 1557. Dunbar's poems offer vivid depictions of late medieval Scottish society and serve up a striking pageant of colorful figures at the court of James IV (r. 1488-1513), with which he was associated for much of his adult life. The poems are remarkable both for their diversity and variability and for their multiplicity of voices, styles, and tones. The great variety of poems within Dunbar's canon includes religious hymns of exaltation, moral poems on a wide range of serious themes, comic and parodic poems of extreme salaciousness and scatological coarseness, general satires against the times, and satires with much more specific targets, often a single individual. This edition of eighty-four poems attributed to Dunbar includes extensive background material and explanatory notes that are sure to be of interest to students and Dunbar enthusiasts alike. The edition is rounded out with textual notes, an index of first lines, and a glossary.

Acknowledgments Introduction Select Bibliography Poems Devotional and Moral On the Nativity of Christ [Et nobis puer est] Of the Passion of Christ On the Resurrection of Christ [Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro] A Ballad of Our Lady [Ave Maria, gracia plena] In Praise of Women The Manner of Going to Confession The Table of Confession All Earthly Joy Returns to Pain Of Man's Mortality [Quoad tu in cinerem revertis] An Orison Of the World's Vanity [Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas] Of Life Of the Changes of Life The Lament for the Makars [Timor mortis conturbat me] A Meditation in Winter None May Assure in This World Best to Be Blithe Of Content Without Gladness No Treasure Avails His Own Enemy Spend Thine Own Goods [Thyne awin gude spend quhill thow hes space] Of Covetise [And all for caus of cuvetice] Of Deeming How Should I Conduct Myself [Lord God, how sould I governe me] Rule of Oneself [He rewllis weill that weill himself can gyd] Discretion in Asking [In asking sowld discretioun be] Discretion in Giving [In geving sowld discretioun be] Discretion in Taking [In taking sowld discretioun be] Dunbar at Oxford [Ane peralous seiknes is vane prosperite] Poems Public and Private The Thistle and the Rose To Princess Margaret [Welcum of Scotlond to be quene] To Princess Margaret [Gladethe, thoue queyne of Scottis regioun] To Aberdeen [Be blyth and blisfull, burgh of Aberdein] To the Queen [Devoyd languor and leif in lustines] Eulogy to Bernard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny [Withe glorie and honour] Elegy for Bernard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny [Sen he is gon, the flour of chevalrie To the King [In hansill of this guid New Yeir] To the King [God gif ye war Johne Thomsounis man] To the King [My panefull purs so priclis me] To the King [Schir, at this feist of benefice] To the King [Of benefice, sir, at everie feist] A Dream The Headache To the King [For to considder is ane pane] Against the Solicitors at Court To the King [Schir, ye have mony servitouris] To the King [Complane I wald] To the King [Exces of thocht dois me mischeif] To the King [That I suld be ane Yowllis yald] Of People Hard to Please The Antichrist To the Lord Treasurer [Welcome, my awin lord thesaurair] To the Lords of Chalker A Ballad of the Friar of Tungland Sir Thomas Norny A Dance in the Queen's Chamber [A merrear daunce mycht na man see] Of James Dog [Madame, ye heff a dangerous dog] Of the Aforesaid James Dog [He is na dog, he is a lam] Epitaph for Donald Oure A Complaint against Mure Poems in the Courtly Tradition Sweet Rose of Virtue Beauty and the Prisoner To a Lady Good Counsel for Lovers [Be secreit, trewe, incressing of your name] The Golden Targe The Merle and the Nightingale Love's Inconstancy True Love [And trew luve rysis fro the splene] Poems Comic, Satiric, and Parodic A Wooing in Dunfermline [And that me thocht ane ferly cace] To the Queen [Madam, your men said] Of a Black Moor [My ladye with the mekle lippis] In a Secret Place [Ye brek my hart, my bony ane] These Fair Ladies That Repair to Court Tidings from the Session To the Merchants of Edinburgh How Dunbar Was Desired to Be a Friar The Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins Of the Tailors and the Shoemakers [Telyouris and sowtaris, blist be ye] The Devil's Inquest [Renunce thy God and cum to me] Master Andro Kennedy's Testament Dunbar's Dirge The Twa Cummars [This lang Lentrin it makis me lene] The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy The Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Index of First Lines Glossary

John Conlee is Professor of English at William and Mary. He specializes in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, and Middle English.

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