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IMEV 3634.3
NIMEV Dunbar
This night before the dawing clear
William Dunbar, ‘How Dunbar wes desyred to be ane freir’ — ten 5-line stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘How Dunbar wes desyred to be ane freir’
Subjects: friars, criticism/satire of; Francis of Assisi, saint; dream visions
Versification: — five-line — aabba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 42-42v
First Lines:
This nycht befoir þe dawing cleir
Me thocht sanct francis did to me appeir…
Last Lines:
…With him me thocht all þe hous end he tuke
And I awuke as wy þat wes in weir
Note: 9 stanzas.
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 42v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 333-334
First Lines:
This nycht befoir þe dawing cleir
Me thocht sant francis did to me appeir…
Last Lines:
…with him me thocht all þe hous end he tuke
And I awuke as wy þat wes in weir
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (p. 334)
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: 1.404-5.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 115-115v
First Lines:
This nycht befoir the dawing cleir
Me thocht sanct francis did to me appeir…
Last Lines:
…With him me thocht all the houshend he towk
and I Awoik as wy þat wes in weir
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (f. 115v)
Attributed Title: ffollowis how dumbar wes desyrd to be ane freir (f. 115)
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:
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 29-31.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.240-2.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 31-3.
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: 2.327-8.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.28-30.
See Morris and Skeat (1882): 408-10.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 184.
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: 2.131-3.
Browne, William Hand, ed. Selections from the Early Scottish Poets. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1896: 121-3.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 239-41.
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: 39-43.
See Morris and Skeat (1882): 116-17.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 116-17.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 28-30.
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: 2.306-7.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 3-4.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 43-4.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 178-80.