The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4169
IMEV 2625
NIMEV 2625
Of God and kind proceedeth all beauty
John Lydgate, ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’ — ten 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including four-stanza envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A dyte of womenhis hornys’
Subjects: envoys; clothing, against extremes of; women, against
Versification: — eight-line, ababbcbc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9f. 102v [see Reimer (1998), p. 19]

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 33v-34v
First Lines:
Off god and kynde procedeþe al beautee
Yitte crafft cane shewe aforeine apparence
But nature moste haue the souereintee
Thinge countrefaytee haþenoon existence …
Last Lines:
…Noble Pryncesse of meeke benyvolence
Ben saumple your hornes caste a way
Note: 7 stanzas (stanzas 5 and 8 are missing).
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe nowe a moral balade withe Refrayde if hornes were awaye bytwene nature and beavte etc by Lidegate (f. 33v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 53-54v
First Lines:
Off god and kynde procedith al bewte
crafft may shewe a foreyn apparence…
Last Lines:
…noble pryncessis of meek benyvolence
be example of hir your nornes cast away
Note: Nine stanzas.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 46-9; repr. Fairholt (1849), 52-5.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.79-80.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 662-5.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 88v-89
First Lines:
Of god and kynde procedeth all beavte
Crafte maye shewe a foreyne apparende…
Last Lines:
…Nobill princesse of meke benivolence
By exampill of her your hornes caste a waye
Note: Eight stanzas only.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 87-88
First Lines:
Of god and kynd proceedyth all beaulte
Crafte may shew aforen apparence…
Last Lines:
…Noble princesse of meke beniuolence
By example of hyr ȝowre hornys cast away
Note: Nine stanzas.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 45-7; rev. ed. 73-5.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 222-3.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 27v-29
First Lines:
[O]ff god and kynde procedith all beaute
Craft may shewe a foreyn apparence…
Last Lines:
…Noble princesses of meke beneuolence
By exsaumple of hir youre hornys cast away
Note: Lacks Envoy.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 206-207
First Lines:
Of god and kynde procedeth all Beawte
Craft may shewe a foreyne apparence
But Nature ay must haue the soueraynte
Thyng countyrfete hath noon existence…
Last Lines:
…Nobyll pryncessys of meke benyuolence
By example of hyr your hornys to cast away
Note: Ten stanzas including 4-stanza envoy.
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 73-73v
First Lines:
[O]F god and kynd procedith al beaute
Craft may showe aforeyn apparence…
Last Lines:
…kynde wrought hem with so grete diligence
Theyre beaute to showe though hornes were awey
Note: Stanzas 1-4 only.
Attributed Title: Explicit Deus Nature (f. 73v)
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 13v
First Lines:
Off god and kynde prodeithe al beaute
Crist may showe aforeyn apparence…
Last Lines:
…kynde wrought them with so grete diligence
Theyr beaute to shewe though hornes were away
Note: Stanzas 1-4 only.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, f. 6
First Lines:
Off god and kynde procedith al bewte
Crafft may shewe a foreyn apparence…
Last Lines:
…Noble Pryncessys of meeke benyuolence
Bexample of hir your hornys cast away Explicit
Note: Nine stanzas.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 270-3.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 112-13.
10.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 61 [Sotheby’s, 10 November 1952, olim Lawrence Witten]