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DIMEV 297
IMEV 158.7
NIMEV 158.7
Alas so sober is the might
A warning to woman against false men by ‘Mersar’ — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including refrain, ‘Sic perrel lyis in paramouris’
Author(s): [John?] ‘Mersar’
Subjects: women, warnings to; lovers, unfaithful
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 296
First Lines:
Allace so sobir is the micht
of wemen for to mak debait…
Last Lines:
…fra fals luvaris and thair resort
Sic perrell lyis in paramouris
Attributed Author: ffinis quod mersar (f. 269)
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:
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 196-7.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.195-6.
Ellis, George, ed. Specimens of the Early English Poets. London: Edwards, 1790; 3 vols, 1801; 5th ed., London: Washburne, 1845; rev. ed., 1 vol., 1863: 1.374-6.
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: 782.
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: 4.48.