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DIMEV 5614
IMEV 3556.5
NIMEV Dunbar
These ladies fair that makes repair
William Dunbar, ‘Of the ladyis solistaris at court’ — six twelve-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of the ladyis solistaris at court’
Subjects: satire; women, lack of discretion; women, satire directed against; women, faithlessness of
Versification: — twelve-line — aabaabccdccd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 38v-39
First Lines:
Thir ladyis fair
þat makis repair
And in þe court ar kend…
Last Lines:
…& nane supprys
Þame throw þair honestie
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 39)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 324-325
First Lines:
Thir ladeis fair
That maks repair
And in þe courte ar kend…
Last Lines:
…Sic can devyis
and none Supprys
Thame throw þair honeste
Note: Portions written two lines of verse per line of MS.
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (p. 325)
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: 1.390-1.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 97-8.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 176-7.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 261-261v
First Lines:
Thir ladyis fair
That makis repair
and in the court ar kend…
Last Lines:
…Swa can devyiss
and not suppryiss
thame nor thair honestie
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 261v)
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:
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 1.206-8.
Mackay, Charles. The Poetical Works of Allan Ramsay. 2 vols. London: Virture, 1866-68; repr. of Alan Ramsay , The Evergreen; alt. title: Ramsay and the Earlier Scots Poets : 253.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.251-2.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.92-4.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 136-8.
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: 4.762-3.
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: 2.168-9.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 204-5.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 74-6.
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: 74-6.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 26-8.
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: 4.30-1.