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Alone as I went up and down / In an abbey
Robert Henryson, ‘The Abbay Walk’ — seven 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, including the refrain, ‘Obey and thank thy god of all’
Note: Based upon 925.
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘The Abbay Walk’
Subjects: devotional verse
Versification: — 8-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 310; 297
First Lines:
Allone as I went vp and doun
In to ane abbay for to se…
Last Lines:
…quhilk rasis þe law and humilis þe hie
Obey and thank þi god of all
Note: Ends, ‘ffinis authore incerto’ (p. 297).
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: 130-1, 126-9.
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: 1.351-2.
Fitzgibbon, Henry Macaulay. Early English and Scottish Poetry. London, New York, and Melbourne: White, 1888: 88-9.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 30-31
First Lines:
Allone as I went vp and doun
in ane abbay wes fair to se…
Last Lines:
…quha hyis law And lawis he
Obey and thank thy god of all
Attributed Author: by Robert Henrysone (added by later hand, p. 31)
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:
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: 1.50-2.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 46v-47
First Lines:
Allone as I went vp and doun
in ane abbay was fair to se…
Last Lines:
…quha heis law hairtis and lawis he
Obey and thank thy god of all
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod maister robert henrysone (f. 47)
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: 3.126-9.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.183.
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: 125-7.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 133-5.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 76-7.
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: 2.116-7.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 98-100.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 15.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 195-6.
Mackie, Robert Laird, ed. A Book of Scottish Verse. The World’s Classics no. 417. London: Oxford UP, 1934; 2nd ed., 1967, 1971: 16.
Scott, Tom, ed. Late Medieval Scots Poetry. London: Heinemann, 1967: 64.
Scott, Tom, ed. The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse. London: Penguin, 1970: 83.
Fox, Denton, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 156-8 (critical text).
Kindrick, Robert L., ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1997.