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DIMEV 3319
IMEV 2032.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Madame your men said they would ride
‘To the Quene’ by William Dunbar: a warning against catching the pox — seven 5-line stanzas incl. refr. phrase, ‘…of þe pockis’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘To the Quene’
Subjects: pestilence; warnings
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 46-46v
First Lines:
Madame ȝour men said þai wald ryd
And lett þis fasternis evin ouer slyd…
Last Lines:
…And be war with þat perralouse play
That men callis libbing of þe pockis
Note: 7 x 5, aabab, with refrain, ‘…libbin of þe pockis’.
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (f. 46v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 342
First Lines:
Madame ȝour men said þai wald ryd
and latt þis fasterennis ewin ower slyd…
Last Lines:
…and be war with þat perrellous play
þat men callis libbin of þe pockis
Note: quod dunbar (p. 342).
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (f. 46v)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.99-100.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.115-16.
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: 2.203-4.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 125-6.
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: 2.35-6.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 62-3.
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: 1.417-18.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 59-60.