The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 470.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Be merry man and take nought far in mind
William Dunbar, ‘Without glaidnes awailis no tressour’ — five 8-line stanzas including this refrain
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Without glaidnes awailis no tressour’
Subjects: wealth
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 221-222
First Lines:
Be mirrie man and tak nocht far in mynd
The wavering of this wrechit vale of sorow…
Last Lines:
…quha leveis mirrelie levis michtelie
without glaydnes avalis no trasour
Attributed Author: Quod dunbar (p. 222)
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: 1.249-50.
2.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Archives Minute Book of Seisins iii, pp. 321-322
First Lines:
Be mirry man and tak nocht fer in mynde
The wavering of þis wrechit vale of sorow…
Last Lines:
…and treuth sall mak þe streng has walle
Without gladnes avalis no tresure
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 148-9.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 98-98v
First Lines:
Be mirry man and tak nocht far in mynd
The wawering of this wrechit warld of sorrow…
Last Lines:
…And trewth sall mak the strang as ony wall
Without glaidness availis no tresure
Attributed Author: quod dumbar (f. 98v)
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.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 68-9.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 60-1.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.193-4.
“Ancient Scottish Poetry.” Blackwood’s Magazine 37 (1835): 287-318: 308-9.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 51-3.
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: 2.279-80.
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: 108-9.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 340-2.
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: 4.38.40.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 176-7.
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: 2.259-60.