The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 121.5
NIMEV Dunbar
After giving I speak of taking
William Dunbar, ‘Of discretioun in taking’ — ten 5-line stanzas including refrain: ‘In taking sowld discretioun be’
Note: Cf. 4161 and 6002.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Of discretioun in taking’
Subjects: advice; greed
Versification: — five-line — aabab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, ff. 22v-23
First Lines:
Eftir giffing we will speik of taking
Bot litle of na guide giffis forsaiking…
Last Lines:
…Thai ar schameit for evir and yn successioun
In asking giffing and taking sould discretioun be
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 261-262
First Lines:
Eftir geffing we will speik of taking
Bot Litle of na gude gistis forsaiking…
Last Lines:
…Thai ar schamit for evir and þair successioun
In asking geving and taking suld discretioun be
Note: No separation between this and preceding 6002; usually 10 x 5, aabab, with refr.; this MS missing stanzas 4 & 8.
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: 1.292-4.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 62v-63
First Lines:
Eftir geving I speik of taking
Bot littill of ony gud forsaiking…
Last Lines:
…Schamit for evir and þair successioun
In taking sowld discretioun be
Note: Eight stanzas only in this MS.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 63)
Attributed Title: ffollowis discretioun in taking (f. 62v)
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.
Ramsay, Allan, ed. The Ever Green. 2 vols. Edinburgh, 1724; repr. Ramsay and Early Scottish Poets, London, n.d.: 2.87-9.
Mackay, Charles. The Poetical Works of Allan Ramsay. 2 vols. London: Virture, 1866-68; repr. of Alan Ramsay , The Evergreen; alt. title: Ramsay and the Earlier Scots Poets : 275-6.
Dalrymple, Sir David, Lord Hailes. Ancient Scottish Poems. Edinburgh, 1770; repr. London, 1815: 63-5.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 2.8-10.
Morison, Robert, ed. Select Poems of Wil Dunbar, Part First from the MS of George Bannatyne. Perth: Morison, 1788: 57-8.
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.170-1.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 242-5.
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: 2.90-1.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 253-4.
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: 54-7.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 125-6.
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: 2.170-1.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 35-6 (with 2 addit. st. from Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553).
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: 2.154-5.