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O mortal man behold take tent to me
Robert Henryson, ‘The Ressoning betuix Deth and Man’ — six 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘The Ressoning betuix Deth and Man’
Subjects: dialogues; death
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 43-44
First Lines:
O mortall man behald tak tent to me
quhilk sall þi myrrour be baith day and nycht…
Last Lines:
…Iesus I pray on the with peteouss voce I cry
Mercy one me to haif on domisday
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:
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: 1.71-3; 2.139-40.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 56-57
First Lines:
O mortall man behold tak tent to me
Quhilk sowld thy mirrour be baith day & nicht…
Last Lines:
…Iesus on the with peteous voce I cry
Mercy on me to haif on domisday
Attributed Author: ffinis quod hendersone (f. 57)
Attributed Title: The ressoning betuix Deth and man (f. 56)
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:
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 171-3.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 27.
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: 2.153-5.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.134-8.
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: 1.71-3; 2.139-40.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 211-12.
Fox, Denton, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 173-5.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.5.14, f. ii
First Lines:
O mortall man [ ]…
Last Lines:
…ii [ ] with thor[ ]t to do
Wo was [ ]
Note: Mostly illegible, ink faint; added to flyleaf by a hand of the sixteenth century; ten 4-line stanzas written two lines of verse per line in MS.