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Now fair fairest of every fair
William Dunbar, To the Princess Margaret on her arrival at Holyrood, A.D. 1503 — seventeen lines
Author(s): William Dunbar
Subjects: occasional verse; political verse; Margaret, queen of Scotland



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, ff. 17v-18
First Lines:
Now fayre fayrest off euery fayre
princes most plesant and preclare[?]…
Last Lines:
…welcum the rose bothe rede & whyte
welcum the floure of oure delyte
oure secrete reioysyng frome the son beme
welcum of sotlond to be quene
welcum of scotlonde to be quene
Editions:
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 3.32.
Strickland, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of Scotland…. 8 vols. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1850-59: 1.58.
Burney, Charles. A General History of Music…. London: T. Beckett, J. Robson, and G. Robinson, 1782: 3.32.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 27.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1 (Suppl.) 280.
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: 2.279.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 92.
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: 2.1-2.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 265-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 160.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 38.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 178-9.