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DIMEV 1247
IMEV 753.5
NIMEV Dunbar (?)
Fain would I with all diligence
‘The Danger of Wryting’, attributed to William Dunbar — seven 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Thus wait I nocht quhairof to wryt’
Author(s): William Dunbar (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘The Danger of Wryting’
Subjects: authorship; patronage
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 210-211
First Lines:
ffane wald I with all diligence
Ane sang mak plesand of sentence…
Last Lines:
…And me to vther delyting
Thus wait I nocht quhair of to wryt
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 2.195-6.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 2.49-50.
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: 2.310-11.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 437-8.
Schipper, Jakob, ed. Anonymous Early Scottish Poems Forming a Supplement to the Poems of William Dunbar. Part 5. DKAW 43/1. Vienna, 1893: 49-50.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 227-8.
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: 1.237-8.