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In the midst of May at morn as I ment
The Buke of the Howlat — seventy-seven 13-line stanzas (ababababcdddc)
Author(s): Sir Richard Holland (attrib.)
Title(s): The Buke of the Howlat
Subjects: birds, as speakers/narrators; tales, beast
Versification: — thirteen-line — ababababcdddc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 302-310v
First Lines:
In the myddis of mii at morne as Iment I ment
Throw mirth markit on mold till a grene meid…
Last Lines:
…In middis of murray
Thus in a tyme be Ternway
Hapnit Holland
Attributed Title: THE Houlate maid be holland (f. 302)
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:
Diebler, Arthur Richard, ed. Buke of the Howlate. Chemnitz: J. C. F. Pickenham & Son, 1893.
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: 4.128-58.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Scottish Poems Reprinted from Scarce Editions. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1792: 3.145.
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: 4.967-97.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.62-81 (44 st. only).
Hughes, Joan, and W. S. Ramson, eds. Poetry of the Stewart Court. Canberra, London, and Miami, Fla., USA: Australian National University Press, 1982: 491.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 151-4.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 1.43.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 213-228 (pp. 439-70)v
First Lines:
In þe myddis of may at morne as I ment
Throwe myrth markit on mold till a grene meid…
Last Lines:
…Thus on a tyme be teruway
happinnit holland
Note: Transcript in Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.III.450/1 [olim Laing 450], ff. 8-36.
Attributed Title: Heir begynis þe buke of þe howlat (f. 213); Heir endes þe buke of þe howlat per m. Johannis asloan (f. 228v)
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Buke of the Howlat. Bannatyne Club 3. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1823; repr. 1882; repr. Hunterian Club 1880.
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.47-81.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.95-126.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 46-84.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 13594. Holinshed, Raphael, [Buke of the Howlat], [Chepman and Myllar, 1508] , one leaf fragment
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: 394.
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Buke of the Howlat. Bannatyne Club 3. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1823; repr. 1882; repr. Hunterian Club 1880.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 1.43.