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IMEV 3634.6
NIMEV Dubar
This night in my sleep I was aghast
William Dunbar, ‘The Devillis Inquest’ — thirteen or seventeen 5-line stanzas (aabab) with refrain, ‘Renunce ȝour god and cum to me’.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The Devillis Inquest’
Subjects: devil; Satan
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 18v-19
First Lines:
Dremand me thocht þat I did heir
The commoun people ban & sueir…
Last Lines:
…the devill said then of commoun la
all men sworne folk man cum to me
Note: 13 stanzas and refrain ‘Renunce ȝour god and cum to me’.
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (f. 19)
Editions:
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 166-70, textual notes.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 51-53
First Lines:
Dremand me thocht þat I did heir
The commowne peiple bane and sweir…
Last Lines:
…The dewill said than of commown la
all mensworne folk man cum to me
Note: Formerly paginated 55-57. 13 stanzas.
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (p. 53)
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 2.248.
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: 1.62-4.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 132v-133
First Lines:
This nycht in my sleip I wes agast
Me thocht the devill wes tempand fast…
Last Lines:
…Rownand to robene & to dik
Renunce thy god & cum to me
Note: 17 stanzas.
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (f. 115v)
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:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.45-8.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 37-41.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 1.171-5.
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 : 247.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 38-41.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 95-8.
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: 3.372-5.
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: 2.144-8.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 203-5.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 31-3.
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: 3.1-4.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.290-4 (18 stanzas).
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 81-4.
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: 81-4 (18 stanzas).
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 76-9 (21 stanzas).