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When fair Flora the goddess of all flowers
Robert Henryson, ‘The Ressoning Betuix Aige and Yowth’ — nine 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc including alternate refrains, ‘O ȝowth be glaid into þi flouris grene’ and ‘O ȝowth þi flouris sedis fellone sone’
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘The Ressoning Betuix Aige and Yowth’
Subjects: mortality, meditations on; ages of man’s life; allegories; debates
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 176-178
First Lines:
Quhen fair flora goddes of the flouris
Bayth firth and feild so freschlie had our freit…
Last Lines:
…O ȝouth be glaid in to þi flouris grene
O ȝouth thy flouris fadis ferlie sone
Editions:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.114-23.
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: 1.200-2.
Murison, David D., ed. Selections from the Poems of Robert Henryson. Saltire Society. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1952: 54.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 42-43
First Lines:
Quhen fair flora þe godes of þe flouris
Baith firth & feildis freschly had ourfrete…
Last Lines:
…O ȝowth be glaid in to þi flouris grene
O ȝowth þi flouris fedes fellone sone
Attributed Author: ffinis quod Mr Robert Henrysone (p. 43)
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: 1.68-71; 2.137-39.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 55-56
First Lines:
Quhen fair flora the godes of the flowris
Baith firth and feildis freschely had ourfret…
Last Lines:
…O ȝowth be glaid in to thy flowris grene
O ȝowth thi flowris faidis fellone sone
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod Maister Robert hendersone (f. 56)
Attributed Title: The ressoning betuix aige and ȝowth (f. 55)
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:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.114-23.
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: 1.68-71; 2.137-39.
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: 149-52.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 23.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 179-81.
4.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 205, f. 181
Editions:
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.114-23.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 22-3.
Murison, David D., ed. Selections from the Poems of Robert Henryson. Saltire Society. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1952: 54.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 167-70 (unattrib.).
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.186.
Gray, Margaret Muriel, ed. Scottish Poetry from Barbour to James VI. New York: Dutton, 1935: 95.