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Right as all strings are ruled in an harp
De regimene principum bonum consilium’ inserted in the Liber Pluscardiensis — 44 rhyme royal stanzas
Title(s): De regimene principum bonum consilium’; Liber Pluscardiensis
Subjects: counsel; princes, advice to; advice, to princes; political poems; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 8 (SC 3888), ff. 190-191vb
First Lines:
Ryght as all strynges ar rewlyt in a harpe
In an acord & tunyt all be an vth…
Last Lines:
…But gudly causes þou offendes to þe croun
& forfettes bayt to god & þin office
Note: Ends imperfectly in stanza 41. Transcripts: Glasgow, Mitchell Library 308876 (olim Marchmount House), f. 256v; Oxford, Bodleian Library Jones 8 (SC 8915), ff. 562v-567.
Editions:
Stevenson, Joseph, ed. The Life and Death of King James I of Scotland. Maitland Club 42. Edinburgh, 1837: 32.
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: 2.74-91.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Jones 8 (SC 8915), ff. 562v-567
First Lines:
Ryt as all stryngs ar rewlyt in a harp
In an acord & tunyt all be an uth…
Last Lines:
…But gudly cause you offends to the Croune
And forfetts bayt to god & þin office
Note: 40 stanzas and 4 lines.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 96-105
First Lines:
Richt as all stringis ar cupillit in ane harpe
In ane accord and tunit with I ane vthe…
Last Lines:
…It þat I say twichand thy maiestie
Is for the proffitt of thy realme and the
Note: 308 lines.
Attributed Title: De regimine principum bonum consilium (p. 96); ffinis bonum regimen pro consilio principum (p. 105)
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: 1.115-25.
4.Source: Glasgow, Mitchell Library 308876 (olim Marchmount House), f. 256v
5.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 76
First Lines:
Iustice wald haif ane godly presedent
and auditor of the complaints of the pure…
Last Lines:
…and put abak quhill grit caus be decydit
Syne levand all for pouerty may nocht bydit
Note: Single stanza extract corresponding to lines 127-133 of edited version in STS, 2nd ser., 7 or lines 127-133 of the edited version in STS, 2nd ser., 20.
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.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3307. [Book of good counsel to the Scots king], [Edinburgh: W. Chepman and A. Myllar, 1508?]
First Lines:
Ryght as all stringis ar reullit in ane harp
In ane accord and twnyt all wih ane vthe…
Last Lines:
…Chargeand that of that mater nar be nogth
Than all þe warld murmuris at thow art bogth…
Note: 224 lines or 32 stanzas only on 4 folios or eight pages, ends incomplete.
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 101-8.
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane and other ancient poems. repr. of Chepman and Myllar 1508. Edinburgh, 1827.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 171-8.