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NIMEV Dunbar
Sir for your grace both night and day
William Dunbar, To the King, ‘That he war Jhone Thomsonnis man’ — eight quatrains with refrain, ‘God ȝif ye war Johne Thomsonnis man’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘That he war Jhone Thomsonnis man’
Subjects: political poems
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 194-195
First Lines:
Schir for ȝour grace bayth nicht and day
Richt hartlie on my kneis I pray…
Last Lines:
…Than pray I god and sweit sanct an
Gif þat ȝe war Iohne thomsounis man
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dunbar (p. 195)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.120-1.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.322-3.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.113-14.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 281-2.
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: 2.218.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 235-6.
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: 3.36-8.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 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: 1.220-1.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 38-9.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 91-2.