A life given to determining the best form for the letters of the alphabet does it seem extraordinary to you? But no day passes that our eyes do not fall upon something that was influenced, and made better, by this extraordinary, eccentric Scot, and if that is not a life well spent, I should be interested in a better definition.
Scottish literature begins effectively with Archdeacon Barbour's Bruce some sixty years after Bannockburn , and to the Bruce and Blind Harry's Wallace (so staunch is the Scot, and such an antiquary in grain) must be attributed much of the colouring and subsequent tone of Scottish sentiment. The Bruce is the better poem, simple, truthful, noble, stirring, a proper start for the literature of a fighting people.john barbour
If you'd dip in such joys, come the better, the quicker! But remember the fee for it suits not my ends To let you make havoc, Scot free, with my liquor, As though I wore one of your heavy-pursed friends.Horace, Book IV. Ode XII. To Vergil. Translation by Theo. Martin.