The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4515
IMEV 2831.8
Rose Mary most virtue virginal
William Dunbar, ‘Ane ballat of our lady’ — six 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘O mater Ihesu salve Maria
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 1374.
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): ‘Ane ballat of our lady’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 1703, f. 79v
Note: Eight stanzas with 10 additional stanzas by William Forrest, c. 1558.
MacCracken, Henry Noble. “New Stanzas by Dunbar.” “Modern Language Notes” 24 (1909): 110-11: 110-11.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.5.14, f. iv
…O chaist [ ] of clene virgine
Þat closit cryst…
Note: Mostly illegible, added to front flyleaf by a hand of late fifteenth to sixteenth century.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 301-301v
First Lines:
Ros mary most of wertewe virginale
ffresche flour in quhom þe hevinlie dewe dovn fell…
Last Lines:
…Benedicta tu in Mulieribus
O mater Ihesu salue maria
Note: Equivalent to pages 621-22; nineteenth-century transcription is Edinburgh, University Library, Laing La.IV.27-28, item 5.
Attributed Title: Heir followis diuers ballatis of our lady (f. 300v)
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 1(Suppl.).283-4.
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: 272-3.
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 372-4.
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: 4.69-72.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 197-8.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.271-2.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 175-7.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 165-7; 279-81.
4.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 205, f. 183v
First Lines:
Roys mary most of vertu virginall
frech flowr one quhome þe hewynnis dew downe fell…
Last Lines:
…And me defend fra lucifere ma fa
Þat I ma sing in hewyne apoun myn kne
O mater Ihesu salue maria
Note: Lines 1-40 only.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 24-5.