The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2063
IMEV 1245
NIMEV 1245
Honoured be Thou blissful Lord benign
Thomas Hoccleve, Song of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, in the English translation of the Pèlerinage de l’âme — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Song of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary; Pèlerinage de l’âme
Subjects: Virgin Mary, nativity of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 770 (SC 2552), f. 91ra-91rb
First Lines:
HOnourid be þou blissid lord benygne
þan vnto man now wilt be merciable…
Last Lines:
…ffor loue of here honour we þis daye
With all our songe all that we maye
Attributed Title: Of þe song of þe natiuite of our lady (f. 91ra); Here endeþ þe song (f. 91rb)
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, ff. 123v-124
First Lines:
Honowred be þowe blestfull lorde benyngne
Þat vn to man wolte nowe be merciable…
Last Lines:
…ffor love of her honowr we þis day
With all þe songe & þat we maye
3.Source: Oxford, University College 181, f. 138
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 124/61, pp. 228-229
First Lines:
honoured be þu blisful lord benygne
þat now vn to man wolt be mercyable…
Last Lines:
…ffor loue of hire honoure we þis day
Wiþ alle þe songes & myrþes þat we may
Attributed Title: the recordynge of aungeles songe (p. 228)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.7, ff. 114v-115
First Lines:
Honourid be þou blisful lord benygne
That now vn to man wilt be mercyable…
Last Lines:
…ffor loueof hir honoure we þis day
With alle þe songis and merthis þat we may
Attributed Title: her endith þe drem of þe pilgrimage of þe soule (f. 124v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34193, f. 90v
First Lines:
Honourede be þou lorde benigne
þat to mane will nowe be merciable…
Last Lines:
…ffor lufe of her honoure to daye
withe all þe songe þat we maye
Note: Written in prose.
7.Source: London, British Library Egerton 615, f. 95v
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Hoccleve’s Works: The Regement of Princes and fourteen minor poems.” EETS e.s. 72 (1897); repr. 1988: xlv-xlvii.
8.Source: Hatfield House, Marquess of Salisbury C.P. 270, unfoliated
9.Source: New York, New York Public Library Spencer 19 [olim Petworth 2], ff. 122-123
First Lines:
Honoured be thow blisful lord benigne
That now vn to men wilt be merciable…
Last Lines:
…ffor loue of hir honoure we this day
With alle songes and myrthes þat we may
Attributed Title: The recordyng of aungeles song of the natiuite of oure lady (f. 122)
10.Source: Melbourne, State Library of Victoria *096/G94, f. 196

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 6473. Guillaume de Deguileville, Pylgremage of the Sowle, Caxton, 1483