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IMEV 3243.3
NIMEV Dunbar
Sweet rose of virtue and of gentleness
William Dunbar, ‘To a ladye’ — three 5-line stanzas
Title(s): ‘To a ladye’
Subjects: lovers, addresses to beloved
Versification: — five-line — aabba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 320
First Lines:
Sweit rois of vertew and of gentilnes
Delytsum lyllie of everie lustynes…
Last Lines:
…That I wald mak to plant his rute agane
So confortand his levis vnto me bene
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (p. 320)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.89.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.23-4.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.27.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 42.
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: 2.223.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 186.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 117.
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: 2.26-7.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 56.
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: 1.383-4.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 99.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 21.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 246-7.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 175.