The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3375.5
IMEV 2072.8
NIMEV Dunbar
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
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
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.
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.