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The knowledge of God passeth comparison
William Cornish, A Treatise bytweene Enformacione and Musyke (A.D. 1504) — Prologue of four stanzas rhyme royal and text of twelve stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): William Cornish
Title(s): A Treatise bytweene Enformacione and Musyke
Subjects: debates
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 43, ff. 88-91v
First Lines:
The knowlege of god passythe comparysone
the devyle knowthe all evyle thyng consentyd or done…
Last Lines:
…for yif he dyd then change sholde the thys song
pyte for pacyens & concyens for wrong
Note: Imperfect; added to back flyleaves; damage to f. 88 means that third stanza virtually lost; ends bottom of page on 91 recto; this version has 4-stanza prologue followed by sixteen stanzas rhyme royal.
Attributed Title: A tretyse by twene enformacione and musyke (f. 88v after prologue)
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 D.II, ff. 163ra-164ra
First Lines:
The knowledge of god passith comparyson
The devill knowith all il thinge consented or done…
Last Lines:
…ffor if he didde then change shulde this in songe
pitie for pacience and conscience for wronge
Attributed Author: In the fleete maade be me William Cornysshe otherwyse called Nysshewhete Chapelman with the moost famost and noble kyng Henry the viith his raigne the xixth yere, the moneth of Iuly, a Treatise bitwene Trowth and enformacion (f. 163); Ne nysswhete parabolam (f. 164ra, in rubric)
Attributed Title: A. B. of E. how C. for T. was P. in P (f. 163, in rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Royal 18 D II. 2015; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_18_D_II.
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Kleinere Mitteilungen aus handschriften: Cornyshe’s Treatise bitwene Trowth and Enformacion (Royal ms. 18.D.II).” Anglia 14 (1892): 466-71: 467.
Hollander, John. The Untuning of the Sky. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1961; repr. 1983; Norton, 1970: 433-6.