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Devise prowess and eke humilitee
Virtuous maidens but wicked wives — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988) TP 345.5.
Subjects: women, against
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354), ff. 119v-120
First Lines:
DEuise prowes and eke humylitee
That maidnys hath In euery wise…
Last Lines:
…Therfor thou from the Ioye of peradise
And thyne of spring was banyst for thy vice
Attributed Author: Quod Chaucere quhen he was ryght auisit (f. 120)
Facsimiles:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds. Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile Edition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 262v-263
First Lines:
Devyce proves and eik humilitie
that madyns had in everilk wyiss…
Last Lines:
…quhilk buir the barne that coverit ws frome cair
scho beand virgin clenar than scho war
Attributed Author: ffinis quod chawseir (f. 263)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 766-8.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 4.34-5.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Scottish Poems Reprinted from Scarce Editions. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1792: 3.130.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 7348. Dunbar, William, The Flytyng of Dunbar and Kennedy, and Other Poems, [Chepman and Myllar, 1508] , sigs. b.5-b.5v
First Lines:
DEvise prowes anv [sic] eke humilitee
That maidenis haue in euerich wyse…
Last Lines:
…Tharfor thou fro the ioy of paradise
And thyne ofspring was banyst for thy vice
Note: Follows 4868 and 2678.
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 145-6.
Editions:
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 217-18.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 4.34-5.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Scottish Poems Reprinted from Scarce Editions. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1792: 3.130.