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  • He calls himself a bard from Brooklyn.
  • Yet louder, higher, stronger, bard!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • You’ve never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He never called himself bard or minstrel.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • He slammed the door as bard as he could and we all heard him say, real clear, the S word.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Initially, before Oscar was readmitted to the United States, a director of plant operations at Bard e-mailed him to talk about hiring him in Nogales, Mexico.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Casting a look at the upper end of the Hall, I saw a slender man who must be Gwyllyn the bard, judging from the small harp he carried.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It had even thrown its gleam, in the sufferer’s bard extremity, across the verge of time.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • After that, I went to the palace and got myself invited into the servants’ quarters as a bard.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • They’re bard to solve-in fact, they’re usually impossible to solve.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • For a moment he lay on the ballroom floor, breathing bard.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "We will give the bards a reason to remember our names," retorted the smith.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He kept squinting at the sun and breathing bard.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He would have had his Erin famed, The green flag gloriously unfurled, Her statesmen, bards and warriors raised Before the nations of the World.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • You will have good news in a minute, that you will, and you want to seize the unforgiving minute, as the bard says.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • A brilliant Scottish scholar Douglas Young proposed a different scenario, coming up with an unlettered eighteenth-century Gaelic bard called Duncan MacIntyre capable of composing orally poems of up to five hundred lines as carefully considered as one could wish.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Today the bards must drink and junket.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Never minstrel, or by whatever more suitable name David should be known, drew upon his talents in the presence of more insensible auditors; though considering the singleness and sincerity of his motive, it is probable that no bard of profane song ever uttered notes that ascended so near to that throne where all homage and praise is due.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It was she who cast the deciding vote at the Shakespeare Reading Circle that the bard’s works should be varied with those of Mr. Dickens and Mr. Bulwer-Lytton and not the poems of Lord Byron, as had been suggested by a young and, Melanie privately feared, very fast bachelor member of the Circle.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • What says the bard?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • In spite of the toll her captivity had taken, it was apparent to Nasuada that Katrina was attractive enough, but not what the bards would call a great beauty.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But drive far off the barbarous dissonance Of Bacchus and his revellers, the race Of that wild rout that tore the Thracian bard In Rhodope, where woods and rocks had ears To rapture, till the savage clamour drowned Both harp and voice; nor could the Muse defend Her son.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The bardic lore of Wales, like that of Scotland and Ireland, descends from a very old and abundant pagan-Celtic fund of myth.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • A Saxon bard had called it a feast of the swords—a gathering of the eagles to the prey—the clashing of bills upon shield and helmet, the shouting of battle more joyful than the clamour of a bridal.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • His preacher repeated the prophecy, and his bards sang,— "Children, we all shall be free When the Lord shall appear!"
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • You recall, of course, the words of the Avon bard—’Thrice armed is he who hath his quarrel just.’
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It appeared to be quite large, but as Jan did now know the scale of the picture it was bard to judge.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • …great poet who sang her beauty, the famous Ariosto, not caring to sing her adventures after her contemptible surrender (which probably were not over and above creditable), dropped her where he says: How she received the sceptre of Cathay, Some bard of defter quill may sing some day; and this was no doubt a kind of prophecy, for poets are also called vates, that is to say diviners; and its truth was made plain; for since then a famous Andalusian poet has lamented and sung her tears, and…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But he loves Caesar best;—yet he loves Antony: Hoo! hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, cannot Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number—hoo!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • He appeared to have passed his life in always getting up into mountains and fighting somebody; and a bard whose name sounded like Crumlinwallinwer had sung his praises in a piece which was called, as nearly as I could catch it, Mewlinnwillinwodd.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The world inhabited by Greek bards and Assyrian scribes, in the eighth and seventh centuries, was small enough for there to have been some contact between them; and the trading voyages of Greek merchants and adventurers provide a likely setting for the exchange of stories; particularly if the ground had been prepared, centuries earlier, by Bronze-Age Mycenaeans in their contacts with the people of Syria, and possibly with the Hittites of Anatolia.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • How she had organized for Velutha to be educated and given him a job … Mammachi, though annoyed at his drunkenness, wasn’t averse to listening to bardic stories about herself and her family’s Christian munificence.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Back to work-this is no time for a bard-on.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The bard rose throughout the length and breadth of his brave new world.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The bards ate it up with a spoon and spread the tale to every shore….
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It was as the storyteller, the bard, that Harriet’s active years came to a close.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • I drink with the bards and the astrologers, with the actors and the servants, the coachmen and the tailors.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • And although their beds tried very bard, the two adults couldn’t be rocked to sleep for another hour.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Veldt
  • Each philosopher, each bard, each actor has only done for me, as by a delegate, what one day I can do for myself.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • And Jack left off his chanting to adopt the bardic voice of a veteran announcer doing the show’s opening.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Alas, the bold blithe bards of old That all for joy their music made, For feasts and dancing manifold, That Life might listen and be glad.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • The traitorous blacksmith rode forward astride an enormous horse that had been barded for war.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The boy had dreamed of a day when bards would sing of his deeds and pretty girls would kiss him When I am grown I will be the King-Beyond-the-Wall, Lump had promised himself.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • What we accomplish in the next few hours, the bards will sing about for a hundred years to come.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Told that an old wooden chair in a corner by the chimney was where the bard himself had sat, the two American tourists cut off souvenir chips, this "according to the custom," as Adams was quick to note.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • From hence the Grecian bards their legends make, And give the name Avernus to the lake.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • —When last I was at Exeter, The mayor in courtesy show’d me the castle And call’d it Rougemount; at which name I started, Because a bard of Ireland told me once I should not live long after I saw Richmond.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • When the bard Demodocus sings of the fall of Troy and of the slaughter that accompanied it, Odysseus weeps and Homer says that his tears were like the tears of a wife on a battlefield weeping for the death of a fallen husband.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • In more than one case, too, when volumes of applauded verse proved incapable of anything better than a stifling smoke, an unregarded ditty of some nameless bard—perchance in the corner of a newspaper—soared up among the stars with a flame as brilliant as their own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • At the MacLain Bijou, directly across from Virgie on the stile, there was a wrinkled blue sheen of rain on the two posters and deeper in, the square of yellow bard ("Deposit Required for Going In to Talk") hung always like a lighted window in a traveler’s gloom.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
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