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DIMEV 726
IMEV 442.5
NIMEV post-1500
At Tweeds mouth there stands a noble town
‘The Freiris of Berwick’, sometimes ascribed to William Dunbar — 589 lines in couplets (with introductory couplet: ‘As it befell and happinit into deid &c.’)
Note: Formerly 384.
Author(s): William Dunbar (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘The Freiris of Berwick’
Subjects: friars; Berwick (Scot.)
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 113-129
First Lines:
As it befell and hapnit vpon deid
Vpon ane rever the quhilk is callit tweid
At tweidis mouth þair standis ane nobill toun…
Last Lines:
…And thus my taill I end heir of the freyr
Chryst send ws peice and lat ws nevir haue weyr
Attributed Title: ffinis the freiris of berwik (p. 129)
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 1.65-85.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 211-24.
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: 1.133-48.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 348v-354v
First Lines:
As It befell and happinnit in to deid
Vpoun a rever The quhilk is callit tweid…
Last Lines:
…This is the story that hapnit of that freir
No moir thair is bot Chryst ws help most deir
Note: 567 lines in this MS.
Attributed Title: Heir Begynnis the freiris of berwik (f. 348v)
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:
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.372-90.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 2.3-32.
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: 4.1004-20.
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: 285-34.
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: 4.261-77.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 182-95.
Furrow, Melissa M., ed. Ten Fifteenth-Century Comic Poems. Garland Medieval Texts 13. New York and London: Garland, 1985: 327-62.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 7349.5. The merrie historie of the thrie friers of Berwicke, Aberdeen, E. Raban for D. Melvill, 1622
Note: Huntington R. B. 88850.
Editions:
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 394-432 (crit. text).
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of Walter Kennedy. DKAW 48(1). Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1901: 1-144.