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Into their dark and drublie days
William Dunbar, ‘Medtatioun in wynter’, 5-line stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Medtatioun in wynter’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — five-line — irregular monorhyming



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 1
First Lines:
Into þir dirk and deubly dayis
quhen sabell all þe heavin arayis…
Last Lines:
…Then patience sayis be not agast
hald hop and trouth within þe fast
Note: Lines 1-22 only; 1 x 5 mono, 1 x 4 mono, 2 x 5 mono, 1 x 2 mono; then 3782 without a break.
Editions:
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: 2.34-5.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 3
First Lines:
…And lat fortoune wirk furth hir rage
Quhen þat no resoune may assuage
quhill þat hir glass be runne and past
And prudence in myne eyr says aye…
Last Lines:
…Cum lustie somir with thy flowris
That I may leiff in sum disport
Note: Usually 10 x 5, aabba; here missing lines 1-22. Lines 23-50.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 3)
Editions:
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: 1.1-2.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.125-7.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.11-12.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.253-5.
“Ancient Scottish Poetry.” Blackwood’s Magazine 37 (1835): 287-318: 307-8.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 213-14.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 245-7.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 318-319
First Lines:
Into þir dirk and drublie dayis
Quhone sabill all þe hewin arrayis…
Last Lines:
…Cum lustie Symmer with þi flowris
That I may leif in sum Disport
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 319)
Editions:
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: 1.380-2.
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: 2.233-4.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 329-31.
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: 3.26-9.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 168-9.
Browne, William Hand, ed. Selections from the Early Scottish Poets. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1896: 131-3.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 26-71.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 64-6.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 306-7.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 503-4.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 151-3.