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DIMEV 5315
The greatest treasure without comparison
The virtues of wit — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: wisdom
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 43v
First Lines:
The grittest tresour withowt comparison
for mans felicitie heir in this lyfe…
Last Lines:
…Wit alsa is Intressit be wyiss workis reiding
And lyk the fruttles tre Is wit but gud doing
Note: As introduction to second part of MS, ‘conteneand verry singular ballatis full of wisdome and moralitie’ (f. 43v).
Attributed Title: Wit (f. 43v)
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.