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Was never in Scotland heard nor seen
Attributed to King James I — 23 x 9-line stanzas, ababbcbcd including refr. ‘At chrystis kirk on the grene’
Author(s): James I, king of Scotland (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘At chrystis kirk on the grene’
Versification: — nine-line — ababbcbcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 129-135
First Lines:
Was never in scotland hard nor sene
Sic dansing nor deray…
Last Lines:
…ffor he durst stryk na vther
At chrystis kirk on the grene
Note: 23 stanzas.
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: 1.149-55.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 99-101
First Lines:
Was nevir in scotland hard nor sene
Sic dansing nor deray…
Last Lines:
…For he durst ding nane vdir for feir
At chryst kirk of the Grene þat day
Note: 22 stanzas.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod king Iames the first (f. 101)
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.: 1.1-14.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.356.
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: 282-8.
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: 2.262-8.