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DIMEV 4151
IMEV 2619.8
NIMEV Dunbar
Of benefice at every feast
William Dunbar, To the King — six five-line stanzas with refrain
Note: Cf. 4161 and 5058.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): To the King
Subjects: patronage, pleas for
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 10-10v
First Lines:
Off benefice sir at every feist
Quha monyest hes makis maist requeist…
Last Lines:
…Quha maist hes maist dois þane repent
And hes maist compte to part amang þame
Note: 6 x 5, aabab, incl. refrain ending ‘amang þame’.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 10v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 8-9
First Lines:
Off benefyce schir at euery feist
Quha monyest hes makis maist requeist…
Last Lines:
…Quha maist hes maist dois þanne repent
And hes maist compt to part amang þame
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 9)
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: 1.8-9.
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: 2.208.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 256-8.
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: 58-60.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 127-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 321-322
First Lines:
Off Benefice schir at everie feist
Quha monyast hes makis maist requeist…
Last Lines:
…Quha maist hes þan sall maist repent
With largest compt to pairt amang þame
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (p. 322)
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: 1.385-6.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.104-5.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.315 (extracts).
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.159-60.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 275-6.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 28.