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My dear son understand this book
‘Ratis Raving’ — 1814 lines in couplets
Title(s): ‘Ratis Raving’
Subjects: instruction, father to son
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.5, Part VI, ff. 12-36
First Lines:
[m]y dere sone wnderstande this buk
þow study & reid It oft and luk…
Last Lines:
…And gyf hyme grace sa here to do
The blys of hevyne that he cum to
Editions:
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Ratis Raving, and other Moral and Religious Pieces in prose and verse. EETS o.s. 43 (1870); repr. 1973: 26-76.
Girvan, Ritchie, ed. Ratis raving, and other early Scots poems on morals. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 11. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1939: 1-51.