XXV.—On the Rimes in the Authentic Poems of William Dunbar

Henry Bellyse Baildon
1900 Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh  
It may well be thought that, in a field that has been so carefully reaped and garnered and gleaned by so many learned workers as have the works of the great Scottish poet, William Dunbar, there remained nothing still to be accomplished. Where such erudite students of Scottish literature as Laing, Small, Gregor, and Æneas Mackay, and such an illustrious scholar as Professor Schipper have laboured, and where even the poet's metrical forms have been the subject of careful investigation by Mr
more » ... igation by Mr M'Neill, it might be thought alike vain and presumptuous to attempt to follow. Yet it so happens, nevertheless, that there has never been a thorough investigation made of Dunbar's rimes with a view of throwing light on the phonology or, in more popular phrase, the pronunciation of his day. And yet, perhaps, no more suitable, interesting, and instructive subject could be found for such treatment than just this same William Dunbar.
doi:10.1017/s008045680003516x fatcat:tlgavxstjbebrde6pasgsonsfe