The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 540
Blissful Lord on high what shall I do
The Piteous Complaint of the Soul, in the English translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de l’Ame — fifty-two stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Guillaume Deguileville
Title(s): Piteous Complaint of the Soul (Pèlerinage de l’âme)
Subjects: complaints; soul
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 770 (SC 2552), ff. 7rb-9va
First Lines:
O blisful lord an hyegh what schal y do
or in what place may y my self hide…
Last Lines:
…Among the nedy forto be despendid
Let myn estate with somwhat ben amendid
Attributed Title: The pitevous compleint of þe soule (f. 7rb)
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, ff. 23-28
First Lines:
O blisseful lord an high wat schall I do
or in wat place may I my sylfe hide…
Last Lines:
…Amonge þe nedy for to be dyspendid
lat myn estate with sumwat bene amendid
Note: First 9 lines written as prose
3.Source: Oxford, University College 181, f. 11
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.7, ff. 10-15v
First Lines:
blysful lord an hy what schal I do
Or in what place may I my self hide…
Last Lines:
…Among þe nedy for to be dispendid
Late myn estate with somwhat ben amendid
Attributed Title: Incipit liber qui nuncupatur Grace dieu (f. 1); her endith þe drem of þe pilgrimage of þe soule (f. 124v)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34193, ff. 11v-14v
First Lines:
O blissede lorde on hye what shall I doo
Or in what place may I my selue hyde…
Last Lines:
…Amonge þe nedy for to be dispendede
Lette myn astate be sum whatt amendede
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: The peteuous complayn of þe saule (f. 11v)
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 615, ff. 8-13v
First Lines:
Blisful lord on heigh what schall I do
or in what place may I my selfe hide…
Last Lines:
…Among the nedi to be dispended
Let myn estate somwhat be amendid
Note: Table of contents ff. 1-4v; prose introduction ff. 5-8.
Attributed Title: This is the kalender of the book caled Grace de dieu (f. 1)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Hoccleve’s Works: The Regement of Princes and fourteen minor poems.” EETS e.s. 72 (1897); repr. 1988: li-lxii.
7.Source: Hatfield House, Marquess of Salisbury C.P. 270
8.Source: New York, New York Public Library Spencer 19 [olim Petworth 2], ff. 14-19v
First Lines:
Blisful lord an high what shall I d
Or in what place may I my self hide…
Last Lines:
…Among the nedy for to be despended
Let myn estaat with somwhat ben amended
Attributed Title: The pitouse compleynt of the soule (f. 14)
9.Source: Melbourne, State Library of Victoria *096/G94, f. 102

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 6473. Guillaume de Deguileville, Pylgremage of the Sowle, Caxton, 1483 , sig.
Cust, Katherine Isabella, ed. The booke of the pylgremage of the Sowle. London: Pickering, 1859; repr. New York: AMS, 1973: 11-17.
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 1.154-5 (5 st. only).