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DIMEV 6330
IMEV 3960.5
NIMEV TM 1870
When I lend I am a friend
Two couplets on the incommodities of lending
Note: See modernized editions by Wright and Halliwell-Phillipps (1845), 1.208; Hazlitt (1882), 476; Northall (1892), 553; cf. also 2165, 2333, 2757
Subjects: money
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 57v
Transcription:
Quhen I len I am ane freind
and quhen I craif I am vnkynd
Thus of my frend I mak ane fo
Schrewe me & I mair do so
Note: 2 x 2; immediately follows 6554 as if part of same work.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 294
Transcription:
quhone I len I am ane freynd
and quhone I craif I am vnkynd
Thus of my freind I mak ane fo
Schrew me and I mair do so
Note: Written two lines of verse per line of MS; immediately follows 6554 without a break.
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: 1.344.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), back flyleaf, verso
Transcription:
Whan I Lend I am a frend
Butt whan I ask I am vnkyd
So of my frend I make my foo
ffor soth I wyll no more do so
Note: Added in red ink to originally blank flyleaf, with other notes.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), back flyleaf, verso
Transcription:
Whan I Lend I Ham A ffrend
Butt Whan I Aske I Am vnkynd
So off my ffrynd I make my ffo
In god ffe…
Note: Second occurrence, immediately below first and written in same red ink, imperfect at end.
5.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 122
Transcription:
Quhen I len I am a freind
And quhen I craif I am vnkynd
Thus of my freind I mak my fo
I schrew me and I moir do so
Note: Immediately follows 6554.
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: 2.324.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 107.
6.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 147
Transcription:
Quhen I len I am a freynd
And quhen I craif I am vnkynd
Thus of my freynd I mak a fo
I schrew me and I moir do so
Note: Immediately following 6554 and preceding 2994.
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: 2.324.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 107.
7.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 131 [olim Buccleuch, Quaritch Cats. 303, 304], f. 30
Transcription:
When I leant I was a frend
When I easke vnkynd
wher of my frend I mad my fo
therfor I wh…
Note: Added to lower margin by a hand of the sixteenth century.