The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5978
IMEV 3755
NIMEV see 1961/14-20
To Gods worship that dear us bought
Maydestone’s version of the Seven Penitential Psalms — in 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Note: For other MSS which lack the introductory stanza see 3207; for the 51st Psalm occurring separately see 3481.
Author(s): Richard Maydestone
Subjects: psalms, penitential; scripture texts, paraphrases; paraphrases
Versification: — eight-line — abababab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 18 (SC 1619), ff. 38-64v
First Lines:
TO goddis worschipe þat dere us bouȝte
To whom we owen to make oure mone…
Last Lines:
…In heueuen (sic) kyngdom me to ceesen
Graunte us oo god & persones þre
Note: Every stanza is introduced by Latin first lines of psalms.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneþ þe prologe of þe seuene salmys in englysche by Richard hampole heremyte (f. 38)
Adler, Guido, and M. Kaluza. “über die Richard Rolle de Hampole zugeschriebene Paraphrase der sieben Busspsalmen.” Englische Studien 10 (1887): 215-55: 232-55 (collated with Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.17 (SC 32690) and Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 102 (SC 1703) (3207 [2]).
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 174 (SC 668), ff. 2-24v
First Lines:
TO goddis worchip þat dere vs bouȝt
To whom we owen to make our mone…
Last Lines:
…In heuen kyngdom me to seysen
Graunt vs oo god & persones þre
Attributed Title: Here begynyn þe seuen psalmes (f. 1), Here endyn þe vij spalmes (at the end)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.389 (SC 11272), ff. 13-20v
First Lines:
To goddes worshepe þat vs dere bouȝte
To whom we owe to make oure moon…
Last Lines:
…In heuen kyndome me to seesen
Graunte þou god and persones þre
Edden, Valerie. Richard Maidstone’s Penitential Psalms. Middle English Texts 21. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag/Carl Winter, 1990.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.17 (SC 32690), ff. 9-12v
First Lines:
To suffre sorwe & stormes strong
ffor syþen Adam þe lawe lete…
Last Lines:
…[ ]neþ to euery wiȝte
[ ]shal seen and goostly knowen…
Note: Fragments of four folios damaged and partly unreadable.
5.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 51 [olim Quaritch Sale Cat. 344, Item 28], ff. 117-134v
First Lines:
To goddes worschipe þat dere vs bouȝt
To whom we owen to make oure mone
Of oure synnes þat we han wrouȝt
In ȝouþe & elde wel many one…
Last Lines:
…In heuene kyngdome me to sesen
Graunte oon god & persones þre
Note: A defective text.
Attributed Title: Explicit comentum super 7 psalmos penitentiales in Anglicis (f. 134v)
6.Source: Windsor, St George’s Chapel, Windsor E.I.I, f. 32v
7.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania MS Codex 196 [formerly Eng. 1; olim Gilbert Ireland Blackburne of Hale Hall, Liverpool], ff. 1-12v
First Lines:
…Whan bodiis stinkyn vndir þe ston
Where þe sowlis ben no wyth can telle…
Last Lines:
…In heuene kyngdom me to sese
Graunte on god and personys thre
Note: Imperfect at beginning due to loss of folio(s) at front of volume.
Attributed Title: Here endiþ the Seuene Psalmis (f. 12v)
Facsimile of UPenn Ms. Codex 196 .