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NIMEV Dunbar
The beastly lust the furious appetite
William Dunbar, ‘Ballate aganis Evill Women’, attributed to William Dunbar — six stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): William Dunbar (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘Ballate aganis Evill Women’
Subjects: women, against
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 39v-40
First Lines:
The beistlie lust þe furious appatite
The haistie wo þe verrie grit defame…
Last Lines:
…Why women hense gois quyt now for euir
Quhilk sould caus men fra subtill huris dissiuir
Editions:
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: 2.266-7.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 325-326
First Lines:
The Beistlie lust þe furious appetyte
The haistie wo þe verie grit defame…
Last Lines:
…With women haill gois quyt now for euir
Quhilk sould caus men frome subtill huris dissivir
Editions:
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 439-42.
Schipper, Jakob, ed. Anonymous Early Scottish Poems Forming a Supplement to the Poems of William Dunbar. Part 5. DKAW 43/1. Vienna, 1893: 50-4.
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: 1.391-2.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 228-9.
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: 5.765-6.
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: 4.32-3.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 262
First Lines:
The beistly lust the furius appetyt
The haisty wo The verry grit defame…
Last Lines:
…With wemen evill It gois all quyt for evir
Quhilk sowld ws lerne ffra subteill huris dissevir
Note: Five stanzas only.
Attributed Title: Ballatis Aganis evill wemen
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.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 72.1.27 [olim Lismore], p. 77
Note: Stanzas 2 and 3 ascribed to Chaucer; Hamer (1995) lists as Unidentified, Missing or Destroyed.
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: 2.124.