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Upon the Midsummer even merriest of nights
William Dunbar, ‘The tretis of the tua mariit wemen and the wedo’ — 530 lines in non-rhyming alliterative long lines
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The tretis of the tua mariit wemen and the wedo’
Subjects: women, against; debates; courtly love, burlesque of
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 81-96
First Lines:
Apon the midsummer evin mirriest of nichtis
I muvit furth allane meid as midnicht wes pas[ ]…
Last Lines:
…Off thir thre wantoun wyffis þat I haue writtin heir
Quhilk wald ȝe waill to ȝour wyf gif ȝe suld wed ane
Attributed Author: compylit be maister William Dunbar (p. 81); Quod maister Williame Dunbar (p. 96)
Attributed Title: Heir beginis the tretis of the tua mariit wemen and the wedo compylit be maister William Dunbar (p. 81)
Editions:
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.210-29.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.61-80.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 85-97.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.44-64.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 46-9.
Bad Key: Schipper1892-93a: 45-69.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 10-23.
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: 1.98-115.
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: 2.30-47.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 33-40 (extracts).
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 188-207 (lines 1-103).



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 7350. Dunbar, William, The Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo, and Other Poems, [Scotland? printer of The tua mariit wemen, 1507?] , sigs. a.3-b.3
First Lines:
…He wil my corse all beclipet clap to his breist
Quhen schaiffyne is that ald schaik with a scharp rasour…
Last Lines:
…Of þer thre wantoun wiffis that i haif writtin heir
Quhilk wald ȝe vvaill to ȝour vvif gif ȝe suld vved one
Note: Missing lines 1-103.
Attributed Author: quod dunbar (sig. b.3)
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 177-89.
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane and other ancient poems. repr. of Chepman and Myllar 1508. Edinburgh, 1827.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 247-59.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.210-29.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.61-80.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 85-97.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 309-11 (extract).
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 215-32.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 188-207 (lines 104-530).
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 509-15 (lines 1-235, 476-530).