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The Kingis Quair, ascribed to James I of Scotland — 197 stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): James I, king of Scotland (attrib.)
Title(s): The Kingis Quair
Subjects: dream poetry
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354), ff. 192-211
First Lines:
Heigh In the hevynnis figure circulere
The rody sterres twynklyng as the fyre…
Last Lines:
…I recommend my buk In lynis sevin
And eke thair saulis vnto þe bliss of hevin
Attributed Author: Heirefter followis the quair Maid be King Iames of scotland þe ferst callit þe kingis quair and Maid quhan his Ma wes In England (f. 191v); Quod Iacobus primus scotorum rex Illustrissimus (f. 211)
Attributed Title: Heirefter followis the quair Maid be King Iames of scotland þe ferst callit þe kingis quair and Maid quhan his Ma wes In England (f. 191v)
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.
Editions:
Tytler, William, ed. Poetical Remains of James the First King of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1783; repr. Glasgow, 1825; Perth, 1827.
Morison, Robert, ed. The Works of James I, King of Scotland. Perth: Morison, 1786.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.14-54.
Thomson, E. The King’s Quair. Air, 1815; 2nd ed. Ayr, 1824; repr. J. Thomson, Glasgow, 1877, 1883.
Chalmers, George. The Poetic Remains of Some of the Scotish Kings. London: 1824.
Rogers, Charles. “The Poetical Remains of King James the First of Scotland, with Memoir.” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 2 (1873): 297-392.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Kingis Quaire, together with a Ballad of Good Counsel. Scottish Text Society 1 (1884); 2nd ed., rev., Scottish Text Society n.s. 1. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1911.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Kingis Quaire, together with a Ballad of Good Counsel. Scottish Text Society 1; 2nd ed., rev., Scottish Text Society n.s. 1. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1911.
Brown, John Thomas Toshach. The Authorship of the Kingis Quair. Glasgow, New York, London: Macmillan, 1896.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.14-54 (160 st. only).
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 1-74.
Lawson, Alexander, ed. The Kingis Quair and The Quare of Jelusy. London: Black, 1910: 3-101.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 347-66.
MacKenzie, William Mackay, ed. The Kingis Quaire. London: Faber, 1939; repr. 1970.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 409-10 (extract).
Norton-Smith, John, ed. The Kingis Quair of James I of Scotland. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971.
McDiarmid, Matthew, ed. The Kingis Quair of James Stewart. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1973.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 71-9.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 27-42 (extracts).