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NIMEV Dunbar
This wavering worlds wretchedness
William Dunbar, ‘Of the Warldis Instabilitie’ — twenty-five quatrains with refrain, ‘For to considder is ane pane’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of the Warldis Instabilitie’
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 27-28v
First Lines:
This waverand warldis wretcheitnes
The failȝeand and frutles busines…
Last Lines:
…Is in ȝour grace baþ crop & grayne
Quhilk is ane lessoun of my pane
Attributed Author: ffinis quod Dumbar (f. 28v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 178-181
First Lines:
This waverand warldis wretchidnes
The failȝeand and frutles bissines…
Last Lines:
…Is in ȝour grace bayth crop and grayne
quhilk is ane lessing of my pane
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (p. 181)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.115-19.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.333-6.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.204-8.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 261-5.
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: 2.226-9.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 263-6.
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: 64-8.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 131-4.
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: 1.202-5.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 28-31.