The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4029
IMEV 2538
NIMEV 2538
O precious treasure incomparable
Thomas Hoccleve, La Male Regle de T. Hoccleue — fifty-six 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): La Male Regle de T. Hoccleue
Subjects: advice, moral; dialogues
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Register O, ff. 207v-208
First Lines:
I haue her[.] said of men ful [..]re ago
That pros[......] ys blynd ande se ne may
Ande ver[.]fye y may wel hit is so
[..]r I myself haue put hit in a say…
Last Lines:
…hyt syttyth a god to be of grace free
ffor yeue me lord and i no more wole trespace
Note: Foliation refers to the most recent (pencil) foliation. Stanzas 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14, 45, 44, 51 written separately as a ballade, added to flyleaf in the fifteenth century; f. 207 fire-damaged along outer edge, with loss of text.
Attributed Title: Bala[de] (f. 207v); A balade Anglice (Register P, index to both O and P)
Historical Manuscripts Commission Ninth Report: Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Most Hon. The Marquis of Salisbury, K. G., etc., preserved at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. 24 vols. (1883-84, with addenda to 1976): App. 108 (2 stanzas only).
Smith, Reginald Anthony Lendon. Canterbury Cathedral Priory. Cambridge: at the UP, 1943: 198-9 (1 stanza only).
Trudgill, Marian, and J. A. Burrow. “A Hocclevean Balade.” Notes & Queries n.s. 45 (1998): 178-80: Lines 57-64 and 49-56 edited, textual variants for all lines given.
2.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 16v-26
First Lines:
O precious tresor inconparable
O ground & roote of prosperitee…
Last Lines:
…As may myn hurtes all þat me greeue
Exyle cleene & voide me of pyne
Attributed Author: Cy ensuyt la male regle de T. Hoccleue (f. 16v)
Attributed Title: Cy ensuyt la male regle de T. Hoccleue (f. 16v)
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Mason, George, ed. Poems by Thomas Hoccleve Never Before Printed. London: Roworth, 1796: 27.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 25-39).
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 57-64.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 60-6.