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Me marvels of this great confusion
The Want of Wyse Men, attributed to Robert Henryson — nine 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Robert Henryson (attrib.)
Title(s): The Want of Wyse Men
Subjects: political poems; evils of the time
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 78-78v
First Lines:
Me mervellis of this grit confusioun
I wald sum cunnand clerk of clergy wald declard…
Last Lines:
…as it is deformit for pure pety to redres
That without fulis may wysemen sit on binkis
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:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.172-4.
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: 2.195-7.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Scottish Poems Reprinted from Scarce Editions. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1792: 3.133.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 36.
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: 213.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 189-91.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 13166. Henryson, Robert, Heire begynnis the traitie of Orpheus kyng and how he yeid to hewyn: to hel to seik his quene and ane othir ballad in the lattir end, [Edinburgh: W. Chepman and A. Myllar, 1508?] , sigs. b.5v-b.6v
First Lines:
ME ferlyis of this grete confusioun
I Wald sum clerk of connyng walde declerde…
Last Lines:
…Quhilk ar degradit for pure pitee redresse
Sen want of wise makis sit in binkis
Note: 7 stanzas only; follows 5424.
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 166-8.
Editions:
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.199.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 236-8.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.170-1.