The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1447
IMEV 865.8
NIMEV Dunbar
Freedom honour and nobleness
William Dunbar, ‘Of covetyce’ — eleven quatrains with refrain: ‘All all for causs of cuvetice’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of covetyce’
Subjects: sins, deadly
Versification: — four-line — aabb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 9-9v
First Lines:
Fredome honour and nobilnes
Neid manheid mirth and gentilnes…
Last Lines:
…Work for þe place of paradice
ffor þair ringis no covatice
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 9v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 6-7
First Lines:
Fredome honour and nobilnes
med manheid mirthe and gentillnes…
Last Lines:
…virk for þe plece off paradyce
for þair Ryngis no cowatyce
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar
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: 1.5-6.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 64v-65
First Lines:
ffredome honour and nobilnes
meid manheid mirth and gentilnes…
Last Lines:
…Wirk for þe place of paradyce
for thairin ringis na covettyce
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Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 309-11.
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Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 160-2.
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: 2.159-60.
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