Of Henryson as of Chaucer it can be said that the picturesque detail owes its effectiveness to the solidity and seriousness of what it grows from. Henryson's Fables (like La Fontaine’s – they deserve the comparison) do more than present types of human beings in animal guises and animals comically behaving like human beings; they build up a total and consistent society, both rendered and criticized.
Patrick Cruttwell, in Boris Ford (editor) Medieval Literature: Chaucer and the Alliterative Tradition (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982) p. 326.
For to be yong I wald not, for my wis, Off all this warld to mak me lord and king: The more of age, the nerar hevynnis blis.Robert Henryson
The man that will nocht quhen he may Sall haif nocht quhen he wald.Robert Henryson
Ane bow that is ay bent Worthis ay unsmart and dullis on the string; Sa dois the mynd that is ay diligent In ernistfull thochtis and in studying.Robert Henryson
Best thing in eird,I say for me, Is merry hart with small possessioun.Robert Henryson
Louers be war and tak gude heid about Quhome that ye lufe, for quhome ye suffer paine. I lat yow wit, thair is richt few thairout Quhome ye may traist to haue trew lufe agane.Robert Henryson
Nocht is your fairnes bot ane faiding flour, Nocht is your famous laud and hie honour Bot wind inflat in uther mennis eiris.Robert Henryson
For to be yong I wald not, for my wisOff all this warld to mak me lord et king:The more of age the nerar hevynnis blis.Robert Henryson
The man that will nocht quhen he maySall haif nocht quhen he wald.Robert Henryson
Quha hes aneuch, of na mair hes he neid.Robert Henryson
Best thing in eird, thairfoir, I say, for me,Is blyithnes in hart, with small possessioun.Robert Henryson
Than upon him scho kest up baith hir Ene,And with ane blenk it come into his thocht,That he sumtime hir face befoir had sene.Bot scho was in sic plye he knew hir nocht,Yit than hir luik into his mynd it brochtThe sweit visage and amorous blenkingOf fair Cresseid sumtyme his awin darling.Robert Henryson
His background is not simply the Abbey School of Dunfermline (where he is reputed to have been a schoolmaster), but the surrounding Scottish countryside and community to which he belonged. His wisdom – and his poems are very wise about life – evidently came from his having lived long and profoundly as a member of that whole Scottish community.Robert Henryson
Henryson's greatness is most plainly to be seen in the range of general principles and ideas which informs his poetry and which allows it to encompass tragedy and comedy alike. He is the most Shakespearian of the early Scottish poets.Robert Henryson
In brief sermon, a pregnant sentence write.Robert Henryson
In breif Sermone ane pregnant sentence wryte.Robert Henryson
The nuttis schell, thocht it be hard and teuch, Haldis the kirnell, sueit and delectabill; Sa lyis thair ane doctrine wyse aneuch And full of frute vnder ane fenyeit fabill.Robert Henryson
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