The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4868
IMEV 3117.8
NIMEV Dunbar
Sir John the Rose one thing there is compiled
William Dunbar, ‘The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie’ — 552 lines in 8-line stanzas
Author(s): William Dunbar
Title(s): Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie
Versification: — eight-line — ababbccb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 58
First Lines:
Schir John þe ros þair is ane thing compylit
In generale be kennede and quinten…
Last Lines:
…Substance & geir & thow ane werdie tuche
One mont falcon about thy craig to rax
Note: 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, ends incomplete at line 368.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, pp. 57-58 (formerly 53-54); 69-72; 77-80; 59-63
First Lines:
Schir Iohne the ros thair Is ane thing compylit
In generale be kennedie and quynteine…
Last Lines:
…Tail tellar rebellar induellar with the [ ]
Spynk synk with stynk and tartara tarmago[ ]
Note: Folios out of order, to be read in order given above; ends of some lines faded.
Attributed Author: quod dunbar (p. 53); Quod kennedy to dunbar (p. 63)
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: 1.71-88.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 56 (formerly 52)
First Lines:
Schir Johne the rose thair is ane thing compleit
In generalle be sone kennedye and quyntend…
Last Lines:
…Þe mewit rebald þow shall doune to [ ] rost
My Laurite Lettres and the I louse…
Note: Another copy of lines 1-28 by Richard Maitland, facing the first page of the original copy in this MS.
Attributed Author: quod dunbar (p. 53); Quod kennedy to dunbar (p. 63)
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 147-154
First Lines:
Schir Iohine þe ross ane thing thair is compild
In generale be kennedy and quinting…
Last Lines:
…Tail tellar rebellar Indwellar with the diuillis
Spink sink qith stink ad tertara termagorum
Note: Headings, ‘Quod Dumbar to Kennedie’ and ‘Quod Kennedie to Dumbar’; note at end, ‘Iuge ȝe now heir quha gat the war’ (f. 154).
Attributed Title: The flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie Heir efter followis Iocound and mirrie (f. 147)
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.: 2.47-75, repr..
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 : 267-73.
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 : 1.351-58 (extracts).
Laing, David. The Poems of William Dunbar. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Laing and Forbes, 1834; Supplement, 1865: 2.65-86.
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: 3.420-37.
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: 3.44.
MacKenzie, William Mackay. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edinburgh, 1932: 5-20 (lines 1-315 and C&M print).
Schipper, Jakob. The Poems of William Dunbar. Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1894: 150-89.
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: 50-99.
Paterson, James. The Works of William Dunbar. Edinburgh: Stillie, 1863: 313-14.
Baildon, Henry Bellyse. The Poems of William Dunbar. Cambridge: University Press, 1907: 71-88.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 7348. Dunbar, William, The Flytyng of Dunbar and Kennedy, and Other Poems, [Chepman and Myllar, 1508] , sigs. b.i-b.ivv
First Lines:
…Apon thy cors vengeance vengeance thay cry
Thou art the cause thay may not rest nor ly…
Last Lines:
…Tharfor thou fro the ioy of paradise
And thyne ofspring was banyst for thy vice…
Note: Lines 316-552 only.
Attributed Title: Here endis þe flytyng be tuix magister Willyam Dumband and master Walter kennedy (written by a contemporary hand on originally blank sig.
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 137-48, repr..
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 209-16.
Laing, David, ed. The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane and other ancient poems. repr. of Chepman and Myllar 1508. Edinburgh, 1827.
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: 2.11-29.