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IMEV 4112.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Who will behold of love the chance
William Dunbar, ‘Inconstancy of Luve’ — three 8-line stanzas (aaabaaab) with the same rhymes throughout
Author(s): William Dunbar
Subjects: love, vicissitudes of
Versification: — eight-line — aaabaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 281
First Lines:
Quha will behald of luve the chance
With sueit dissauyng countenance…
Last Lines:
…it war als nyss an ordinance
as quha wald bid ane deid man dance
In sepulture
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 281)
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:
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, and Joseph Haslewood. The British Bibliographer. 4 vols. London: T. Bersley, vol. 1: 1810; vols. 2, 3: 1812; vol. 4: 1814: 192.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.172.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 90.
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: 4.816.
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: 2.172.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 120.
Schipper, Jakob, ed. The Poems of William Dunbar. 4 vols. Denkschriften der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophische-Historische Klasse 40/2; 40/4; 41/4; 42/4. Vienna, 1892-93: 30.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 58-9.
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: 4.81-2.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 100-1.