The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4495
IMEV 2821.3
NIMEV Dunbar
Right early on Ash Wednesday
William Dunbar, ‘The twa cummeris’ — six 5-line stanzas with refrain
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The twa cummeris’
Subjects: penance
Versification: — five-line stanza — aabab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 19v
First Lines:
Airlie on as woddinsday
at þe wyne sat cummeris tway…
Last Lines:
…Bot than to mend þai had guid hop
That Lentrand sould not mak þame leine
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (f. 19v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 53-54
First Lines:
Airlie on als wodinsday
at þe wyne sat cumeris tway…
Last Lines:
…bot thane to mend tha had gud hop
That lentrune swld nocht mak thame lene
Note: Formerly pp. 57-58.
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (p. 54)
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.113-14.
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: 1.64-5.
3.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Archives Minute Book of Seisins ii, p. 460
First Lines:
Richt arly onn ask wednisday
drinkande þe wyne sat cummaris twa…
Last Lines:
…be þane to mend þai had gude hope
That lange lentrin suld nocht mak þaim leen
Attributed Author: Quod Dunbar (at end, p. 460)
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: 3.249-50.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 137
First Lines:
Rycht airlie on ask weddinsday
Drynkand the wyne satt cumeris tway…
Last Lines:
…Be than to mend thay had gud howp
This lang lentroun makis me lene
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (f. 137)
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.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.232-3.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 93.
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: 3.386-7.
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: 160.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 73-4.
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: 2.72-4.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 25.
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: 3.14-15.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 84.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 77-8.