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DIMEV 5112
IMEV 3256.6
NIMEV C16
Take time in time and no time defer
Four moralizing couplets
Note: Concludes with first two lines of 513; cf. 6554.
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 58
First Lines:
Tak tyme in tyme and not defer
Quhen tyme is past ȝe may do wer…
Last Lines:
…Bettir is to suffer and fortoun to avid
Thane Easilie to clym and suddanlie to slyd
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 294
First Lines:
Tak tyme in tyme and no tyme defer
Quhone tyme is past ȝe may do wer…
Last Lines:
…Bettir is to suffir and fortoun to abyd
Than haistalie to clym and suddenlie to slyd
Attributed Title: Quod quha to quhame (p. 294)
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: 1.344.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 122
Transcription:
Tak tyme in tyme And no tyme diffar
quhen tyme is past ȝe [page torn] war
Note: Single couplet; immediately preceded by 2994 and followed by 418.
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:
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: 346.
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: 2.324.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 147
Transcription:
Tak tyme in tyme and nocht diffar
quhen tyme is past ȝe ma do war
Note: Single couplet in this MS; immediately follows 6330 and precedes 418.
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:
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: 3.44.