The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3919
IMEV 2451.5
NIMEV Skelton
O God that in time all things did begin
John Skelton, Poem on Time — nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) and 4 stanzas rhyme royal (stanzas 7, 9, 10-11)
Author(s): John Skelton
Subjects: time
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcbc, ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2642, f. 130
Note: Stanzas 7, 9, 10, 11 only.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 82-83
First Lines:
O god þat in tyme all thingis did begin
In tyme thow maid hevin and erd of nocht…
Last Lines:
…This tyme sall haif ane end that tyme sall nevir faill
Bot loss lyfe fra tyme þat tyme cum lifting all away
Note: Thirteen 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, include. refr. ‘Tak tyme quhill tyme is for tyme will away’.
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.
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: 2.227.
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: 2.208-11.
3.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 661, pp. 3-5
First Lines:
Tyme ys a thyng that no man may Recyste
Tyme ys trancitory and Irevocable…
Last Lines:
…The calendis of Ianus with his frostes hore
That tyme ys when people muste lyve on the store
Note: Stanzas 7, 9, 10, 11 only.
Attributed Author: ‘quod Skelton’ at end (p. 5)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22598. Skelton, John, Certayne bokes compyled by maister Skelton, R. Lant f. H. Tab, [1545?]
2.Source: STC 22599. Skelton, John, Certayne bokes compyled by maister Skelton, Kynge and Marshe, n.d
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.137-8.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 1.160-1.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 11; 1948, 1959, 21.
Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, ed. Poems by Skelton. London: W. Heinemann, 1924: 35-6.
3.Source: STC 22600. Skelton, John, Heare after foloweth certain bokes compiled by Master Skelton, Poet Laureat, whose names here after doth appere…, Heare after foloweth certain bokes compiled by Master Skelton, Poet Laureat, whose names here after doth appere ... King Edward the fourth. King Edward the fourth. Treatise of the Scottes. Treatise of the Scottes. Ware the hawke. Ware the hawke. Tunning of Elynoure Rummyng. Imprynted at London: by Jhon [sic] Day, [1563?]
4.Source: STC 22608. Skelton, John, Pithy, Plesaunt and Profitable workes of Maister Skelton, ed. J. Stow, T. Marshe [1568]
Bowle, John, ed. Pithy, Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, 1568. London: C. Davis, 1736.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 2.266.