The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2090
IMEV 1264.5
NIMEV Dunbar
How should I rule me or in what wise
William Dunbar, ‘How sall I governe me’ — ten 5-line stanzas with this refrain ‘lord god how sould I governe me’
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘How sall I governe me’
Subjects: advice, spiritual
Versification: — five-line — aabab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 38-38v
First Lines:
Ho[w] sould I rewll me or in quhat wys
I wald sum wys man wald devys…
Last Lines:
…Lat everie man say quhat he will
The gracious god mot governe me
Note: 10 x 5, aabab, with refrain, ‘Lord god low sall I governe me’
Attributed Author: Quod dumbar (f. 38v)
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 24-6.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 323-324
First Lines:
How sould I rewill me or in quhat wys
I wald Sum wyse man wald dewys…
Last Lines:
…Lat euerie man say quhat he will
The gratious god mot governe me
Attributed Author: Quod Dumbar (p. 324)
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: 1.388-9.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 65v-66v
First Lines:
How sowld I rewill me Or quhat wyis
I wald sum wyisman wald dewyis…
Last Lines:
…Latt every man say quhat he will
the gratious god mot governe me
Attributed Author: ffinis quod Dumbar
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: 76-8.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 65-7.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.4-6.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.184-6.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 222-4.
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: 1.178-80.
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: 2.95-7.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 304-6.
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: 4.1-4.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 156-8.
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: 2.162.