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O sinful man into this mortal sea
Robert Henryson, ‘The Thre Deid Pollis’ — eight 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘The Thre Deid Pollis’
Subjects: mortality, meditations on
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 327-328
First Lines:
O Synfull man in to þis mortall sey
Quhilk is þe well and of murning and of cair…
Last Lines:
…The sone alswa þe holy gaist condigne
Thre knit in ane be perfyte vnite
Attributed Author: Quod maister Robert Henrysoun (p. 328)
Editions:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.158-60.
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: 1.394-5.
Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, ed. The Middle Scots Poets. London: Arnold, and Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1970.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 57v-58v
First Lines:
O sinfull man in to this mortall se
quhilk is the vaill of mvrnyng and of Cair…
Last Lines:
…The sone alswa The haly gaist conding
Thre knit in ane be perfyt vnitie
Note: Ascribed to Patrick Johnstown (f. 58v).
Attributed Author: ffinis quod patrik Iohinstoun (f. 58v)
Attributed Title: ffolowis the thre deid pollis (f. 57v)
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:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.158-60.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.191.
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: 157-9.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 177-9.
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: 2.142-4.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 30.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 205-7.
Elliott, Charles, ed. Robert Henryson: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1963/1974: 119-20.
Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, ed. The Middle Scots Poets. London: Arnold, and Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1970.
Fox, Denton, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 182-4 (critical edition).