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Man sen thy life is ay in weir
‘Advice to spend anis awin gude’ by William Dunbar — ten quatrains with refrain: ‘man spend thy gude quhill thow hes space’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Advice to spend anis awin gude’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 225-226
First Lines:
Man sen thy lyf is ay in weir
And deid is sicker drawand neir…
Last Lines:
…ffor gif þow dois strange is the case
man spend thy gude quhill thow hes space
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: 1.253-4.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 136-136v
First Lines:
Man sen thy lyfe is ay in weir
And deid is evir drawand neir…
Last Lines:
…That it nocht eftir be thy cace
Thyne awin gud spend quhill thow hes space
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:
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 1.264-5.
Mackay, Charles. The Poetical Works of Allan Ramsay. 2 vols. London: Virture, 1866-68; repr. of Alan Ramsay , The Evergreen; alt. title: Ramsay and the Earlier Scots Poets : 229.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 70-2.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Select Scottish Ballads. 2 vols. London: Nichols, 1783: 2.57-9.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 62-3.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.342-4.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.191-2.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 54-6.
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: 3.383-4.
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: 2.152-3.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 338-40.
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: 35-8.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 174-5.
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: 3.11-13.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 147-8.