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DIMEV 6169
IMEV 3866.5
NIMEV Dunbar
We lords has chosen a chieftan marvelous
William Dunbar (?), ‘The lordis of Scotland to the Governor in France’, attributed to William Dunbar — five 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘In lak of justice this realme is schent allace’
Author(s): William Dunbar (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘The lordis of Scotland to the Governor in France’
Subjects: princes, advice to
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 78v-79
First Lines:
We lordis hes chosin a chiftane mervellus
That left hes ws in grit perplexite…
Last Lines:
…Speid the thairfore In dreid we all forfair
In lak of iustice this realme is schent allace
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:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 2.47-8.
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: 2.215-16.
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: 2.237-8.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 443-5.
Schipper, Jakob, ed. Anonymous Early Scottish Poems Forming a Supplement to the Poems of William Dunbar. Part 5. DKAW 43/1. Vienna, 1893: 54-7.
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: 2.197.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 181-2.