The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6176
IMEV 3870
NIMEV Dunbar
We that are here in heavens glory
William Dunbar, ‘The Dregy maid to the kyng’ — 110 lines in couplets and responses of six lines, ababcc
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The Dregy maid to the kyng’
Subjects: parodies, of religious texts
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 55v-56v
First Lines:
We þat ar heir in heavnis gloir
To ȝow þat ar in purgatorie…
Last Lines:
…et ad edinburgi gaudia feliciter perducas
Dumbaris dirige to þe king
Bydand our lang in sterreling
Note: 110 lines in couplets.
Attributed Author: Dumbar (see last line above, couplet unique to this MS)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 290-292
First Lines:
We þat ar heir in hevynnis glorie
To ȝou þat ar in purgatorie…
Last Lines:
Et nos Inducas in tentationem de stirling
Sed libera nos a malo eiusdem

Dumbaris dirige to þe king
Bydand ouir lang in stirling
Attributed Author: Dumbaris dirige to þe king / Bydand ouir lang in stirling (p. 292)
Attributed Title: Dumbaris dirige to þe king / Bydand ouir lang in stirling (p. 292)
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: 1.337-41.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 102-103v
First Lines:
We that ar heir in hevins glory
To ȝow þat ar in purgatory…
Last Lines:
…Et ad edinburgi gaudia eos perducas
Vt requiescat striuilling amen
Attributed Author: dunbar (f. 102, 103v)
Attributed Title: The dregy of dunbar maid to king Iames þe fyist being in striuilling (f. 102); Heir endis dumbaris dergy to the king bydand to lang in stirling (f. 103v)
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.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 2.41-6.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.66-90.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.234-39.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 153-8.
Schipper, Jakob. William Dunbar. Sein Leben und seine Gedichte. Strassburg: Trübner, 1884: 123-30.
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: 1.112-16.
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: 2.271-5.
“Ancient Scottish Poetry.” Blackwood’s Magazine 37 (1835): 287-318: 312-13.
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: 2.292-6.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 41-3.
Bad Key: Schipper1892-93a: 40-3.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 6-9.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 396-7.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 56-9.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 98-100 (extracts).
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 128-32.