Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local name in Edinburgh of the eelpout, Zoarces viviparus.
- n. Plural form of bard.
“Britons, as there are good authorities to show the long time they had poets, which they called bards: so through all the conquests of Romans,”
“In Wales, the true remnant of the ancient Britons, as there are good authorities to show the long time they had poets which they called bards, so through all the conquests of Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans, some of whom did seek to ruin all memory of learning from among them, yet do their poets even to this day last; so as it is not more notable in soon beginning, than in long continuing.”
“These storytellers have been called bards, griots, oral historians, and many other names – these guys are often the only reason we have a history of anything that happened before 1000 A.D.”
“The stricter Moslems called their bards “enemies of Allah”; and when the Prophet, who hated verse and could not even quote it correctly, was asked who was the best poet of the Peninsula he answered that the “Man of Al – Kays,” i.e. the worshipper of the Priapus-idol, would usher them all into Hell.”
“The bards are the grand recorders of fame, and the volume of precedent is always resorted to by citing the liberality of former chiefs; while the dread of their satire”
“He calls it _barditus_ by mistake, borrowing a term from the custom of the Gauls, who sang before battle by proxy, -- that is, their bards chanted the national songs.”
“Ireland also the bards were a distinct class with peculiar and hereditary privileges.”
“The bards were the _senachies_ or historians of the clans, and were recognized as a very important factor in society.”
“This is a dramatic poem, with a chorus of British bards, which is several times quoted and commended in Joseph Warton's "Essay on Pope.”
“Caerleon and call the bards to him, if they will come, and ask them to sing the songs they made thereon.”
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