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To Thee O merciful saviour mine Jesu
William Dunbar, ‘The tabill of confessioun’ — 19 stanzas, usually of 8 lines, ababbcbc, two of 10 lines, abababbcbc, with refrain, ‘I cry the mercy and lasar to repent’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The tabill of confessioun’
Subjects: confession; instruction, religious
Versification: — eight-line, ten-line — ababbcbc, abababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 199-203
First Lines:
To the o mercifull saluitour myn Iesus
My king my lord and my redeymar sweit…
Last Lines:
… And sauf me Iesu for thy woundis fyve
That cryis the mercy and lasar to repent
Note: 19 stanzas.
Attributed Author: compylit be maister williame dunbar (p. 203)
Attributed Title: heir endis ane confessioun generale compylit be maister williame dunbar (p. 203)
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: 1.224-9.
2.Source: London, British Library Arundel 285, f. 1
Note: 21 stanzas.
Editions:
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, ed. Devotional Pieces in Verse and Prose from Ms. Arundel 285 and Ms. Harleian 6919. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 23. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1955: 1-6.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 9-11
First Lines:
To the o mercifull sauiour Iesus
my King my lord and my redemer sueit…
Last Lines:
…And sayffe me Ihesu ffor thy woundis ffywe
That cryis þe mercye and layser to repent
Note: 20 stanzas.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (p. 11)
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: 1.13; 2.42.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.228-34.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 75-81.
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: 2.43-8.
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: 2.65-71.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 358-67.
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: 55-64.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 187-92.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 163-7.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 17-19v
First Lines:
To the O mercifull salviour Iesus
My King My lord and my redemare sweit…
Last Lines:
…And saif me Iesu for thy woundis fyve
That cryis the mercy and lasar to repent
Note: 20 stanzas.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 19v)
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: 1.13; 2.42.