The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6679
IMEV 4165.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Why will the merchants of renown
William Dunbar, ‘To the merchantis of Edinburgh’ — eleven stanzas (aaab) and ‘a kind of bob-and-wheel consisting of a dimeter line and two tetrameter lines riming bab, lines five and seven serving as a double refrain throughout the poem’ (Ridley (1973), 1026-7)
Author(s): William Dunbar
Subjects: abuses of the age; merchants, against
Versification: — seven-line — aaabbab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 1v
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.97-100.
“Ancient Scottish Poetry.” Blackwood’s Magazine 37 (1835): 287-318: 314.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 127-31.
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: 2.261-63.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 85-7.
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: 85-7.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 34-6.
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: 2.41-4.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 81-3.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 74-7.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 161-4.