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IMEV 3140.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Sith that I am a prisoner
William Dunbar, ‘Bewty and the Presoneir’ — fourteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc), last line of each ending with ‘…presoneir’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Bewty and the Presoneir’
Subjects: prisons/prisoners; love lyrics; lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 8
First Lines:
Sen that I am ane presoner
To hir þat fairest is & [best]…
Last Lines:
…ffresche bewtie said ȝe perchance
Ȝe be my Ladies Presoner et que sequuntur
Note: Lines 1-16 only.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 8)
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: 2.58.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 214-215
First Lines:
Sen þat I am a presoneir
Till hir þat farest is and best…
Last Lines:
…And baid still As it wes resone
With bewty And þe presoneir
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:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.22-6.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 100-4.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 177-81.
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: 3.607-10.
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: 2.164-7.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 113-16.
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: 2.23-6.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 53-6.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 18-22.
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: 3.249-52.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 104-7.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 24-7.