And although I do not think you will care to read his poems for a very long time to come, I write about him here both because he was a great poet and because with one of his poems, The Thistle and the Rose, he takes us back, as it were, over the Border into England once more.
For us the most interesting poem is The Thistle and the Rose.
By the Thistle, of course, Dunbar means James IV, and by the Rose the Princess Margaret.
Thus did Dunbar sing of the wedding of the Thistle and the Rose.
Then once again the Thistle and the Rose met, not in peace, but in war.
repeated Fitzurse, looking after him; ``like a fool, I should say, or like a child, who will leave the most serious and needful occupation, to chase the down of the thistle
that drives past him.