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IMEV 861.5
NIMEV Dunbar
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’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of folkis evill to pleis’
Subjects: aphorisms; sins
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
Four maner of folkis ar evill to pleis
ane is þat riches hes and eis…
Last Lines:
…Of him I will no larges cry
He ȝeid fra me till vtheris by
Attributed Author: Quod dunbar (f. 3v)
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.173-4.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 89-90.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 278-9.
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: 3.80-1.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 141-2.
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: 2.45-6.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 48-9.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], p. 47
Note: Lines 9-24 only, with slightly different refrain, ‘And ȝit wald haif ane vþir by’.
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:
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: 1.78; 2.163.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 210-11.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 3.224.
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: 2.280.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 66v
First Lines:
ffoure mener of men ar evill to ken
Ane Is þat riches hes and eis…
Last Lines:
…quha evir it haif it is not I
It gois fra me to vþeris by
Note: Second occurrence in MS; stanzas 1-6 (of 7) only, with refr. ‘And ȝit wald haif ane vþer by’.
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:
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: 1.78; 2.163.