The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3692
IMEV 2289.8
NIMEV Dunbar
Next that a tournament was tried
‘The justis betuix the tailyeour and sowtar’, by William Dunbar — nine 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Note: Cf. 845.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘The justis betuix the tailyeour and sowtar’
Subjects: gallants, criticism/satire of; satire; jousts; ournaments
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 162-165
First Lines:
Syn till ane turnament fast þai hyit
That lang befoir in hell wes cryit…
Last Lines:
…Befoir mahoun the dewill of hell
Schiris trow It gif ȝe list
Note: Prefixed by lines 1-12, 109-120 of 4164; 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas, aabccbddbeeb, here laid out as 6-line stanzas.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dunbar (p. 165)
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: 1.184-7.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 111-112v
First Lines:
Nixt that a turnament wes tryid
That lang befoir in hell wes cryid…
Last Lines:
…befoir mahoun the air of hell
Now trow thiss gif ȝe List
Attributed Title: Heir endis the iusting & the war sowtar & tailȝouris maid be þe nobill poyet maister william dumbar (f. 112v)
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.: 1.247-53.
Bad Key: Murdoch1873-97: 2.316-9.
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: 2.122-6.
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: 2.295-8.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 123-6.
Kinsley, James. William Dunbar, Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1958; repr. 1979: 53-7.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 210-211v
First Lines:
nixt at a tornament was tryit
That lang befor in hell was cryit…
Last Lines:
…Befor mahovne þe heir of hell
Schirres trow It ȝif ȝe list
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript in Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.III.450/1 [olim Laing 450], Part I, ff. 2-4v.
Attributed Author: Quod Dunbar (f. 211v)
Attributed Title: The Iustes betuix þe talyeour & þe sowter (scribal, f. 210)
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1.54-8.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 214-18.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 134-8.
Bad Key: Schipper1892-93b: 43-8.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 67-70.