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NIMEV Dunbar
O wretch beware this world will wend thee fro
William Dunbar, ‘Of the Warldis Vanitie’ — three 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of the Warldis Vanitie’
Subjects: vanity, against worldly
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 195-196
First Lines:
O wreche be war this warld will wend the fro
quhilk hes begylit mony greit estait…
Last Lines:
…So dois þis warld transitorie go
Vanitas vanitarum et omnia vanita
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dunbar (p. 196)
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.201-2.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 62-3.
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: 2.244.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 386-7.
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: 84-5.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 207.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 207-8.
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: 1.221.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 150-1.