The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6603
IMEV 4122
NIMEV 4122
Whoso desireth to get and conquer
Thomas Hoccleve, A miracle of the Virgin Mary: How Our Lady’s Psalter was first found — eighteen stanzas rhyme royal
Note: For other versions, see 3030.
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 229-231
First Lines:
[W]ho so desyrith to gete and conquere
The blysse of hevene holsom ys a guyde…
Last Lines:
…And in her grace cherly for to stonde
Her psalter for to sey let us fonde Amen
Note: In Hoccleve’s autograph MS, (6603-3), the first three stanzas are referred to as the ‘prologus’, with the tale comprising the final fifteen stanzas. The same structure is found here, with two spurious linking stanzas (681) prefaced to the prologue.
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the Ploughmannys Tale of owr lady (f. 229); Here endyth the Ploughmannys Tale (f. 231)
Beatty, Arthur, ed. New Ploughman’s Tale: Thomas Hoccleve’s Legend of the Virgin and her sleeveless garment. Chaucer Society 2nd ser. 34. London: Trench, Trübner, 1902.
Bowers, John M., ed. The Canterbury Tales: Fifteenth-Century Continuations and Additions. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992: 23-32.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 274vb-275vb
First Lines:
Whoso desyreth to gete & conquere
The blysse of heuen holsom ys a guyde
Hym to condew & to bryng there
So good know I noon for mannys syde…
Last Lines:
…And in her grace cherely to stonde
Her sawter to sey lat vs fonde
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (added by later hand, then crossed out by same, f. 275vb)
Attributed Title: Hic sequitur quomodo Psalterium beate marie Primo erat inuentum per quendam Monachum Monasterij sancti Egidij in regne ffrancie miraculose (274vb); Explicit inuencio Psalterii beate Marie (275vb)
3.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 744 [olim Ashburnham 133; olim Gollancz], ff. 37-39
First Lines:
Who so desireith to gete and conquere
The blisse of heuene needful is a guyde…
Last Lines:
And in hir grace cheerly for to stonde
Hir psalteer for to sey let vs fonde
Attributed Title: Item de beata Virgine (f. 36); …& incipit fabula (f. 36v); Explicit (f. 39)
Gollancz, Israel, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 2. EETS e.s. 73 (1925); repr. with 61, 1970: 15-16.
Boyd, Beverly May, ed. Middle English Miracles of the Virgin. New York: Columbia UP, 1955; San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1964: 50-5.