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IMEV 2623.3
NIMEV Dunbar
Of February the fifteenth night
William Dunbar, ‘The Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis’ — 120 lines, generally in 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis’
Subjects: sins, deadly
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 11v-13
First Lines:
Of fever ȝeir þe fyftene nycht
fful lang be foir þe dais lycht…
Last Lines:
…That in þe dipest pitt of hell
He smorit þame with ane smuik
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 13)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 12-16
First Lines:
Off feberȝeir þe fiftein nycht
ffull lang befoir the dayis lycht…
Last Lines:
…That in þe Deipast pit off hell
He smorit thame with a smuik
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 16)
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: 1.12-16.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 160-162
First Lines:
Off februar the xv nicht
ffull lang befoir the dayis licht…
Last Lines:
…That in the deipest pit of hell
he smorit þame with smoik
Note: Lines 1-12, 109-120 only, immediately preceding 3692.
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: 1.183-4.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 110-111
First Lines:
Off februar the fyiftene nycht
full lang befoir the dayis lycht…
Last Lines:
…That in the depest pot of hell
he smorit thame with smvke
Attributed Title: The dance [cropped] (f. 110)
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: 32-6.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 1.240-6; repr. Mackay (1866), 255.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.282-6.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 33-7.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.49-53; repr. bad key, 23-46.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 206-11.
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: 2.312-15.
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: 2.117-20.
Eyre-Todd, George. Early Scottish Poetry. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1891: 192-6.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 127-33.
Bad Key: Schipper1892-93b: 37-43.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 63-6.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 41-9.
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: 2.291-4.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 120-3.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 50-3.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 147-50.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 543-6.