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NIMEV Dunbar
Musing alone this ender night
‘Of deming’, possibly by William Dunbar — eleven 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘So sall I nocht vndemit be’
Author(s): William Dunbar (?)
Title(s): ‘Of deming’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 168-170
First Lines:
Musing allone this hinder nicht
off mirrie day quhen gone wes þe nicht…
Last Lines:
…In hewin þat I may haue ane place
ffor þair sall no man demit be
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: 1.191-3.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 313-314
First Lines:
Mwsing alone þis hyndir nycht
Off merye day quhone gane wes lycht…
Last Lines:
…In hewin þat I may haue a place
ffor þair sall no man demit be
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: Quod Stewarte (p. 314)
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: 1.372-4.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 63v-64
First Lines:
Musing allone this hinder nicht
of mirry day quhen gone was licht…
Last Lines:
…In hevin þat I may haif ane place
for thair Sall no man demit be
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 64)
Editions:
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 2.90-2 (omits lines 41-5).
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 : 276.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 79-81.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 67-9.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.2-3.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.181-3.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 160-3.
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: 2.171-3.
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: 2.92-4.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 306-9.
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: 4.4-7.
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: 2.156.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 158-60.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 23-4.