The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Found Records:
Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10
Number 3782-1
1.   ff. 1-1v; ff. 14-14v   Now loves comes with largess loud
William Dunbar, ‘The Petition of the Gray Horse, Auld Dunbar’ — eleven 6-line stanzas including 2-line refrain, ‘…Schir lat It neuer In toume be tald / That I suld be ane ȝowllis ȝald’, and a concluding ‘Responsio Regis’ in four couplets
Number 2680-1
2.   f. 1   Into their dark and drublie days
William Dunbar, ‘Medtatioun in wynter’, 5-line stanzas
Number 6679-1
3.   f. 1v   Why will the merchants of renown
William Dunbar, ‘To the merchantis of Edinburgh’ — eleven stanzas (aaab) and ‘a kind of bob-and-wheel consisting of a dimeter line and two tetrameter lines riming bab, lines five and seven serving as a double refrain throughout the poem’ (Ridley (1973), 1026-7)
Number 3649-1
4.   ff. 2v-3   My prince in God give thee good grace
A New Year’s Gift to the King, by William Dunbar — five quatrains
Number 1439-1
5.   ff. 3-3v   Four manner of folks are evil to please
William Dunbar, ‘Of folkis evill to pleis’ — seven quatrains with refrain: ‘And wald have part fra utheris by’
Number 5681-1
6.   ff. 3v-5   This ender night half sleeping as I lay
William Dunbar, ‘The dreme’, a plea for money to King James IV — twenty-three 5-line stanzas
Number 6584-1
7.   f. 5   Who thinks that he has suffience
William Dunbar, ‘Of Content’ — seven 5-line stanzas
Number 2294-1
8.   ff. 5v-6   I thought long while some lord come home
William Dunbar, A Welcome to the Lord Treasurer — eight quatrains with refrain: ‘Welcome my awin Lord Treasaurair’
Number 3632-1
9.   ff. 6-6v   My lords of Chalker please you to hear
‘To the lordis of the kingis chalker’, by William Dunbar — four 5-line stanzas
Number 3604-1
10.   f. 6   My head did ache yester night
‘On his heid-ake’ by William Dunbar — three 5-line stanzas
Number 2438-1
11.   ff. 6v-7   Illustre Lodovick of France most christian king
William Dunbar, Elegy on the death of Bernard Stewart, Lord of Aubigny — four 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘For he is gone the flour of chevalrie’
Number 879-1
12.   ff. 7-7v   Blithe Aberdeen thow beryl of all touns
William Dunbar, ‘The Queinis Reception at Aberdein’, A.D. 1511 — nine 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Be blyth and blisfull burcht of Aberdein’
Number 4902-1
13.   f. 8   Sith that I am a prisoner
William Dunbar, ‘Bewty and the Presoneir’ — fourteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), last line of each ending with ‘…presoneir’
Number 3781-1
14.   ff. 8-8v   Now listen of an gentle knight
William Dunbar, Of Sir Thomas Norray — nine 6-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 2267-1
15.   ff. 8v-9   I seek about this world unstable
William Dunbar, ‘Of the changes of life’ — four 5-line stanzas
Number 1447-1
16.   ff. 9-9v   Freedom honour and nobleness
William Dunbar, ‘Of covetyce’ — eleven quatrains with refrain: ‘All all for causs of cuvetice’
Number 4859-1
17.   ff. 9v-10   Sir at this feast of beneficence
William Dunbar, ‘Quhone mony benefices vakit’ — three 5-line stanzas
Number 4151-1
18.   ff. 10-10v   Of benefice at every feast
William Dunbar, To the King — six five-line stanzas with refrain
Number 929-1
19.   f. 10   By diverse ways and operations
William Dunbar, ‘Aganis the Solistaris in Court’ — thirteen couplets
Number 6003-1
20.   f. 10v   To speak of science craft or sapience
William Dunbar, ‘Learning vain without guid lyfe’ or ‘Dunbar at Oxenfurde’ — three 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘A paralous lyfe is vain prosperitie’
Number 4865-1
21.   f. 11   Sir I complain of injuries
William Dunbar, ‘Complaint to the King against Mure’ — four 7-line stanzas
Number 2660-1
22.   ff. 11-11v   In vice most vicious he excels
William Dunbar, ‘Aganis treason: Epitaphe for Donald Owre’ — eight 6-line stanzas
Number 4164-1
23.   ff. 11v-13   Of February the fifteenth night
William Dunbar, ‘The Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis’ — 120 lines, generally in 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 1064-1
24.   ff. 13-14   Complain I would wist I whom til
William Dunbar, ‘A Complaint to the King’ — 76 lines, in couplets
Number 5739-1
25.   ff. 18v-19   This night in my sleep I was aghast
William Dunbar, ‘The Devillis Inquest’ — thirteen or seventeen 5-line stanzas (aabab) with refrain, ‘Renunce ȝour god and cum to me’.
Number 4495-1
26.   f. 19v   Right early on Ash Wednesday
William Dunbar, ‘The twa cummeris’ — six 5-line stanzas with refrain
Number 4161-1
27.   ff. 21-21v   Of every asking follows nought
William Dunbar, ‘Of discretioun in asking’ — nine 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘In asking sowld discretioun be’
Number 6002-1
28.   ff. 21v-22v   To speak of gifts of almsdeeds
William Dunbar, ‘Of discretioun in geving’ — twelve 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘In geving sowld discretioun be’
Number 230-1
29.   ff. 22v-23   After giving I speak of taking
William Dunbar, ‘Of discretioun in taking’ — ten 5-line stanzas including refrain: ‘In taking sowld discretioun be’
Number 2224-1
30.   ff. 24v-26   I Master Andro Kennedy
William Dunbar, ‘The Testament of Mr Andro Kennedy’ — thirteen 8-line macaronic stanzas and a concluding 12-line stanza
Number 3938-1
31.   f. 26   O Immensa Trinitas Father and Son maker of all
A macaronic prayer to the Trinity — twelve 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc); first two stanzas, ababbaba ababbaba; including refrain, ‘O lux beata trinitas’
Number 5876-1
32.   ff. 27-28v   This wavering worlds wretchedness
William Dunbar, ‘Of the Warldis Instabilitie’ — twenty-five quatrains with refrain, ‘For to considder is ane pane’
Number 5855-1
33.   ff. 28v-29   Thou that in heaven for our salvation
William Dunbar, ‘Ane orisoun quhen the governour past into France’ — five eight-line stanzas with refrain, ‘For but thy helpe this kynrick is forlorne’
Number 5058-1
34.   f. 34   Sure ye remember as of before
William Dunbar, To the King — seventeen 5-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Exces of thocht dois me mischeif’
Number 2574-1
35.   ff. 34v-35   In secret place this hinder night
William Dunbar, ‘Ane Brash of Wowing’ — nine 7-line stanzas including alternating refrains, ‘ȝe brek my hart my bony ane’ and ‘ffull leifis me ȝour graceles gane’
Number 4512-1
36.   ff. 35-36   Rolling in my remembraunce
Stewart, ‘The Variance of Court’ — ten 5-line stanzas aabab, including refrain phrase ‘gud seruys’
Number 494-1
37.   ff. 37-38   An moorlands man of uplands make
William Dunbar, ‘Tydingis fra the sessioun’ — eight seven-line stanzas
Number 2090-1
38.   ff. 38-38v   How should I rule me or in what wise
William Dunbar, ‘How sall I governe me’ — ten 5-line stanzas with this refrain ‘lord god how sould I governe me’
Number 5614-1
39.   ff. 38v-39   These ladies fair that makes repair
William Dunbar, ‘Of the ladyis solistaris at court’ — six twelve-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Number 5201-1
40.   ff. 39v-40   The beastly lust the furious appetite
William Dunbar, ‘Ballate aganis Evill Women’, attributed to William Dunbar — six stanzas rhyme royal
Number 4496-1
41.   ff. 40-40v   Right fain would I my acquaintance make
‘Sir Penny’ — seven 8-line stanzas
Number 4785-1
42.   f. 40   Saviour suppose my sensuality
William Dunbar, ‘Ane orisoun’ — one 8-line stanza
Number 6593-1
43.   f. 40v   Whom to shall I complain my woe
William Dunbar, ‘For in this warld may non assure’ — seventeen 5-line stanzas with this refrain
Number 5737-1
44.   ff. 42-42v   This night before the dawing clear
William Dunbar, ‘How Dunbar wes desyred to be ane freir’ — ten 5-line stanzas
Number 3295-1
45.   ff. 42v-43   Lucina shining in silence of the night
‘The birth of Antichrist’ (or a Dream of Fortune) by William Dunbar — ten 5-line stanzas
Number 1481-1
46.   ff. 43-43v   Full oft I muse and has in thought
William Dunbar, ‘Best to be blyth’ — eight 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘ffor to be blyth me think it best’
Number 1170-6
47.   f. 43v-44   Earth out of earth is wonderly wrought
‘Erthe upon Erthe’
Number 5519-1
48.   ff. 44-44v   The wardrober of Venus bower [The wardraipper of Venus boure]
William Dunbar, ‘Of James Doig, kepar of the quenis wardrop’ — six quatrains with refrain ‘madam ȝe heff an dangerous dog’
Number 3928-1
49.   ff. 44v-45   O gracious Princess good and fair
William Dunbar, ‘Of the same James [Dog, keeper of the Queen’s Wardrobe] quhen he hed plesett him’ — six quatrains (aabb) including refrain: ‘He is na dog he is a lam’
Number 4867-1
50.   ff. 45-45v   Sir John Sinclair be goeth to dance
William Dunbar, ‘Of a dance in the quenis chalmer’ — seven 7-line stanzas
Number 3166-1
51.   ff. 45v-46   Long have I made of ladies white
William Dunbar, ‘On ane blakmoir’ — five 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘My ladye with the mekle lippis’
Number 3319-1
52.   ff. 46-46v   Madame your men said they would ride
‘To the Quene’ by William Dunbar: a warning against catching the pox — seven 5-line stanzas incl. refr. phrase, ‘…of þe pockis’
Number 6176-1
53.   ff. 55v-56v   We that are here in heavens glory
William Dunbar, ‘The Dregy maid to the kyng’ — 110 lines in couplets and responses of six lines, ababcc
Number 5799-2
54.   f. 56v   This worldly joy is only fantasy
Leaulte vault Richesse,’ on the Instability of Worldly Joy — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Number 6554-2
55.   f. 57   Who of plenty will take no heed
A moralizing couplet, included in a longer series of proverbs against lending money
Number 6396-1
56.   f. 57   When pride is in price
A political prophecy for Scotland’s prosperity in A.D. 1581, incorporating a version of the Abuses of the Age — 14 lines in couplets
Number 6330-1
57.   f. 57v   When I lend I am a friend
Two couplets on the incommodities of lending
Number 2757-1
58.   f. 57v   It that I give I have / It that I lend I crave
Moralizing lines on lending money — eight lines
Number 1504-1
59.   f. 57v   Get and save and thou shall have
Aphorism on earning and saving — one couplet
Number 4868-1
60.   f. 58   Sir John the Rose one thing there is compiled
William Dunbar, ‘The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie’ — 552 lines in 8-line stanzas
Number 5112-1
61.   f. 58   Take time in time and no time defer
Four moralizing couplets
Number 2994-5
62.   f. 58   King counsel-less / Bishop loreless
The Abuses of the Age: rhyming lines ending in -les
Number 5685-1
63.   f. 58   This ender night in Dumfermline
William Dunbar, ‘The Wooing of the King quhen he wes in Dumfermeling’ (The Tod and the Lamb) — ten seven-line stanzas