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DIMEV 782
IMEV 479.5
NIMEV Dunbar
Be ye an lover think ye not ye should
William Dunbar, ‘Gude counsale’ — three 8-line stanzas
Note: Cf. 2430.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Gude counsale’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 212v
First Lines:
Be ȝe ane luvar Think ȝe nocht ȝe suld
Be weill adwysit in ȝour gouerning…
Last Lines:
…be of ȝour lufe nor prechour as a freir
be secreit trew incressing of ȝour name
Attributed Author: ffinis etc. dumbar (f. 212v)
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:
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.177.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 88-9.
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: 4.602-3.
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: 162-3.
Eyre-Todd, George. Mediaeval Scottish Poetry. Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1892: 185.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 324-5.
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: 4.21-3.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 165-6.
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: 3.244-5.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 142-3.