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NIMEV Dunbar
Complain I would wist I whom til
William Dunbar, ‘A Complaint to the King’ — 76 lines, in couplets
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘A Complaint to the King’
Subjects: complaints
Versification: — two-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 13-14
First Lines:
Complane I wald wist I quham till
or vnto quham direct my bill…
Last Lines:
…Bot eftir danger cumes grace
As hes bein hard in mony place
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 14)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 16-18
First Lines:
Complane I wald wist I quhome till
Or wnto quhome darett my bill…
Last Lines:
…Bot efter danger cumis grace
As hes bein herd in mony place
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 18)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.109-11.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.340-1.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.142-4.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 224-7.
Small, John, Ae. James George Mackay, George Powell McNeill, and Walter Gregor, eds. The Poems of William Dunbar. 5 pts. Scottish Text Society 2, 4, 16, 21, 29. Edinburgh, 1884-93: 2.212-14.
Schipper, Jakob, ed. The Poems of William Dunbar. 4 vols. Denkschriften der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophische-Historische Klasse 40/2; 40/4; 41/4; 42/4. Vienna, 1892-93: 3.68-72.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 134-6.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Maitland Folio Manuscript, Containing Poems by Sir Richard Maitland, Dunbar, Douglas, Henryson, and others. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 7 (1919), 20 (1927); Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1919, 1927: 1.17-19.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 39-41.