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NIMEV Dunbar
Sure ye remember as of before
William Dunbar, To the King — seventeen 5-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Exces of thocht dois me mischeif’
Note: Cf. 4151 and 4161.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 34
First Lines:
…How sould I leif and I not landit
Nor ȝitt with benefice am blandit…
Last Lines:
…In hoip sir of ȝour adiutorie
Exces of thocht dois me mischeiff
Note: Last two stanzas only. Refrain, ‘Exces of thocht dois me mischeif’.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 34)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 295-296; 309
First Lines:
Schir ȝe Remember as befoir
How þat my ȝouthe is done forloir…
Last Lines:
…In hoip Sir of ȝour adiutorie
Exces of thocht dois me mischeiff
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (p. 309)
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: 1.346-8.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 41-3.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 94v-95v
First Lines:
Schir ȝit remembir as of befoir
how þat my ȝowth I done forloir…
Last Lines:
…In howp schir of ȝour adiutory
Excess of thocht dois me mischeif
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:
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 82-6.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 69-73.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.316-19.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.161-4.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 277-80.
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: 2.271-4.
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: 2.104-7.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 259-62.
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: 60-4.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 128-31.
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: 1.251-4.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 92-3 (extract).