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NIMEV Dunbar
To speak of gifts of almsdeeds
William Dunbar, ‘Of discretioun in geving’ — twelve 5-line stanzas with refrain, ‘In geving sowld discretioun be’
Note: Cf. 402, 4161.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of discretioun in geving’
Subjects: almsgiving
Versification: — five-line — aabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 21v-22v
First Lines:
To speik of giftis oure almous deidis
sum giffis for mereit and sum for meidis…
Last Lines:
…that hes na witt þame to gyd
In giffing sould discretioun be
Note: 11 x 5, aabab, incl. refrain, ‘In giffing sould discretioun be’; first stanza treated as if last of 4161, with wrong refrain.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 260-261
First Lines:
To speik of giftis or almous deidis
Sum giffis for mereit and sum for meidis…
Last Lines:
…That hes na witt þame selffe to gyde
In giffing sould discretioun be
Note: Missing lines 30-35; no separation between this and preceding 4161 nor between this and following 402.
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: 1.290-2.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], p. 46
First Lines:
To speik of gift or almouss deidis
Sum gevis for meryt and for meidis…
Last Lines:
…That mycht his giftis weil forbeir
And thocht þe pure for falt suld de…
Note: Lines 1-33 only (usu. 12 x 5, aabab, incl. refr. ‘In geving sowld discretioun be’).
Attributed Title: Giving (p. 46)
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:
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: 1.77-9; 2.152-4.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 61v-62v
First Lines:
To speik of gift or almous deidis
Sum gevis for mereit and for meidis…
Last Lines:
…that he na wit hes thame to gyd
In geving sowld discretioun be
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Title: ffollowis discretioun of geving (f. 61v); ffinis of discretioun of geving (f. 62v)
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.: 2.84-7.
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 : 275.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 59-62.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.7-8 (extracts).
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 54-7.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.167-9.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 240-2.
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: 2.87-9.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 250-2.
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: 52-4.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 123-4.
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: 2.167-9.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 33-4.
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: 2.152-4.