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Now of women this I say for me
William Dunbar, ‘In prais of wemen’ — 34 lines in couplets
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘In prais of wemen’
Subjects: women, praise of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 294-295
First Lines:
Of women now þis I say for me
off eirthlie thingis nane may bettir be…
Last Lines:
…All women sould of ws haue honoring
Seruice and luif abuif all vþer thing
Attributed Author: quod Dumbar (p. 295)
Attributed Title: quod Dumbar in prays of women (p. 295)
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: 1.345.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 278v
First Lines:
Now of wemen this I say for me
Off erthly thingis nane may bettir be…
Last Lines:
…All wemen of ws suld haif honoring
Serwice and luve aboif all vþir thing
Attributed Author: quod Dumbar (f. 278v)
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:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.95-6.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 138-9.
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: 4.809-10.
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: 2.170-1.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 77-8.
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: 1.76-8.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 28-9.
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: 4.75-6.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 83-4.