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Musing upon the restless business
Hoccleve’s De Regimine Principum — 780 stanzas rhyme royal.
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): De Regimine Principum
Subjects: political poems; advice, to princes; princes, advice to; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 735 (SC 1504), f. 62
First Lines:
Mvsyng vp on the restles bysynes
Which þat this troubli word hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…Thi sauour ȝet is full small as I trow
But or oght long I shall te sothe y knaw
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 185 (SC 1786), ff. 80-145v
First Lines:
Mvsyng vpon the resteles bysynesse
The whitch this trouble world hath ay on hond…
Last Lines:
…To the that all seest of loves servence
That knoweth he that nothing is hidd fro
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 53 (SC 3441), ff. 1-76
First Lines:
Knyȝthood a wake þou slepist to longe
Thi brother see nowe ny deed for mischeef…
Last Lines:
…To þee þat al saist of loues feruence
That knowith he whom no þing is hid fro
Note: Lines 1-896 wanting.
Attributed Title: Explicit Egidius de Regimine Principum (at the end)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 40 (SC 6920), ff. 1-97v
First Lines:
MUsynge vp on the resteles besynes
Wiche that this trowbly worlde haþ ay on honde
That other þinge þan fruite of bytternesse
Ne ȝeldeth not as y can vndrestonde…
Last Lines:
…To þee þat al seist of loues feruence
That knoweth he whom no þing is hid fro
Attributed Title: A the end of the poem on f. 97v: Explicit Egidius de regimine Principium. Grace growith aftir gouernaunce.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.913 (SC 13679), ff. 63-63v
First Lines:
Now noble prince þough I be not wyse
Wel willid am I as I furst yow tolde…
Last Lines:
…ffor yif þat he that wikkid gost recette
By such a lord wil honour no thyng sette
Note: A fragment: 2185-2212 on recto and 2220-2247 on verso (missing stanza 2213-2219). Space at bottom of recto and top verso shows not cropped.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 10 (SC 14503), ff. 1-65v
First Lines:
Musynge vp on the restlees bysynesse
Which that this troubly world hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To the that all seiste of loues feruence
That knowith he wham no thyng ys hid froo
Note: Lacks introductory dialogue.
Attributed Author: Explicit hoccleue (at the end).
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 168 (SC 14660), ff. 1-58
First Lines:
My noble and mighti prince excellent
Mi lorde the prince o my lorde gracious…
Last Lines:
…To the that al seest of loues feruence
That knoweth whom no thing is hid fro
Note: Lacks the Prologue: stanzas 1-288 only.
Attributed Author: Here endeth the Boke of gouernaunce of princes that Thomas Hoccleue made. Which is a boke of moraltees and of vertues of highli dispreising lewednesse and vices (at the end).
Attributed Title: Hic incipit liber de regimine principum (f. 1).
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 158 (SC 21732), ff. 1-96v
First Lines:
[ ]vpon þe restles bisynesse
[ ] hiche þat þis world hat ay onhonde
That othir þing þan fruyt of bittirnesse…
Last Lines:
…To þee þat alle seith of loues feruence
þat knoweth he whom noþtnge is hid fro
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 221 (SC 27627), ff. 62v-130v
First Lines:
Mvsyng opon the restles besynes
Which þat þis troubly world hath ay on hande…
Last Lines:
…Makes full many schippis for to sayle
Into þi cofre warme is þine office
Note: Ends imperfectly; some folios in the middle mutilated.
Attributed Author: De prodigalitato Thomas Occleve (f. 119)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.6.17, ff. 1-90v
First Lines:
[m]using vpon the Restlesse besines
Which that this troubelouse world hath ay on hond…
Last Lines:
…That all saiest of loves fervence
That knowith he whom no thing is hidde fro
Note: Ends imperfectly; some folios in the middle mutilated.
Attributed Author: The vertuouse doctrine of Hoccleue vpon the rwle of princes (added sixteenth century, top f. 1); Explicit liber de principum Regimine (scribal, f. 90v)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.11, ff. 1-96
First Lines:
MVsyng vpon the restles besinesse
Which this troubly world haveþ in honde…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat all seest of loues feruence
And þat knowiþ he þat noþing ys hyd fro
Attributed Author: Occliue one of the t[ ]er[ ] & [ ] the father of ch[ ]slore (added top margin, f. 1); The Authres name of this was Occlyue an acquaintaunce of Chaucer as ye may red in the second Page of the 33 leaf of this verce & that he was of the pryuy seale the same leaf the fyrst page of this [ ]re (added by sixteenth-century hand, f. 96)
Attributed Title: Explicit liber de Regimine Principum (f. 1)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.3, Part XI, ff. 1-79
First Lines:
Mvs[ ] the restles busynesse
[ ]his [ ] world hath ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…To the that all seyiste of lovis servens
That knowith he whom nothynge is hid fro
Attributed Title: H[ere] [be]ginneth a tretys wiche is callid [ ] (f. 1)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 496, Part IV, ff. 1-60v
First Lines:
Mvsyng opon þe restles besinesse
Which þat þis trubly world hath ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…To the þat all saist of luffis feruence
That knowith whom no thyng is hid fro
Attributed Title: Explicit liber iste qui vocatur Occhiffe de regimen principum & constat magistro Willelmo Wilflete socio Aule de clare Cantabrigii qui eum scribendo propriis manibus laborauit (f. 60v)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2101, ff. 1-83v
First Lines:
Also ther is a nother newe get
A fowle wast of cloth & an excessif…
Last Lines:
…he pees bade & whan he vnto heuen did stye
he lefte pees in erthe truly
Note: Begins line 449
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Queen’s College Horne 24 (12), ff. 1-[unfoliated]
First Lines:
Musyng vpon the restles besynes
Wich þat this troubly world haþ ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To the þat al seist of loues feruence
That knoweth he whom no þing is hid fro
Note: Begins line 449
16.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College I.22 (223), ff. 1-97v
First Lines:
MUsing vpon the resteles besynesse
Which þis troubly worlde hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…And alle husbandes I pray and geve þem sorow
That to them telle þer councelle even or morowe
Attributed Title: Explicit liber de Regimine principum (f. 98)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.22 (602), ff. 111-208
First Lines:
MVsinge vp on the restles besynesse
Wiche that þis trobuly world hath ay on honde
That other þing þanne froyt of bittirnesse…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat al seist of loues feruence
That knoweth he whom no thing is hid fro
Attributed Author: Thomas hocclefe (added sixteenth century, top f. 111)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 182 [olim Ashburnham 134], ff. 54-138
First Lines:
…So flittynge is sche and so variaunt
There is no triste on hir faire lawȝynge
Aftir gladde loke sche schapith hir to stynge
I was a drad soo of hir gerynesse…
Last Lines:
…To the þat all seiste of loues feruence
That knowith he whome no þinge is hid froo
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folios.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Egidii de regimine Principum translatum Per Occlyff (f. 138)
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 185, ff. 1-83
First Lines:
Musyng vpon the restles besynesse
Which this troubely world hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat all seyst of Loves feruence
That knoweþ he who noþing is hid fro
20.Source: London, British Library Arundel 38, ff. 1-98v
First Lines:
Mosynge vp on the restlees bysynesse
Whyche that thys troubly world haþ ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To the þat al seest of loues feruence
That knowyth he whom no þyng is hyd froo
Attributed Title: explicit (f. 98v)
Editions:
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 52-5 (excerpts).
Blyth, Charles R., ed. The Regiment of Princes. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1999: 39-200.
21.Source: London, British Library Arundel 59, ff. 1-89v
First Lines:
[m]vsyng vpon the Resteles busynes
Whiche that this troubly world hath onhond…
Last Lines:
…To the that al seyst of loves feruence
That knowith he that nothyng is hid froo
Note: Coat of arms in right margin of f. 1; the scribe is the so-called ‘Hammond scribe’; ends, ‘Explicit’ (f. 89v) and a blank leaf between ff. 89 and 90.
22.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, ff. 1-97v
First Lines:
Mvsyng opon þe restles bysynes
Whiche þat þis world hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To the that alle seith of loues feruence
That knoweth he whom nothyng is hid fro
23.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 71-112
First Lines:
[M]ercy aftir the word of Seynt Austin
Of hert is a verray compassioun…
Last Lines:
…To the that al seist of loves feruence
That knowith he that nothyng is hyd fro
Note: Beginning at line 3312. Written by the so-called ‘Hammond scribe’ as a separate booklet from rest of the manuscript.
Attributed Author: The author of this Treatise w[as] Thomas Hoccline Scholler to Geffrey Chaucer (slip of paper bound in before f. 71, written in a hand of the sixteenth century)
Attributed Title: De Misericordia (f. 71); Hocklins Poems (written by a much later hand at top of f. 71).
24.Source: London, British Library Harley 4826, ff. 84-144v
First Lines:
MVsyng of the restlees besynesse
Which this troublþ wod ay hath in honde…
Last Lines:
…To the that al seyst of louys feruence
That knowith he whoom no thyng is hyd froo. Ihesu mercy
Attributed Title: Occlyf de Regimine (RT)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 4866, f. 1
Note: Lacking the Envoy; transcription by Blake, 1843, in Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 532.
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 5977, ff. 90-90v
First Lines:
To thyn egal concorde vnto thi foo
Suffraunce and to thi self holynes
To the nedy gredy with wrecchid woo…
Last Lines:
Vnto his puple as plente and larges
Of erthly good and better than is reyne
ffallyng at euyn from heuyn thei seyne
Note: A single leaf.
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 204va-211vb
First Lines:
MVsing vp on the restlees besinesse
Which that this troubly wordle hath ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…I toke corage & whiles it was hoot
Vn to my lorde the prince thus I wrote…
Note: Begins without incipit or title and ends at line 2016.
28.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 A.XXI, f. 1v
Transcription:
With litill ffode content ys nature
And beter þe bodi fareth with a lite
Then when it charged ys o[u]te of mesure
Luke what thing may þe body profite
And þe soule shall in þe same delite
What thing it distempereth or diseseth
The soule it hirteth for it gud displeseth

Wynes delicat & swete & stronge
Causeth full many an inconuentise
Ȝif þat a man outragly hem fonge
thei biriyen wyt & fu[r]bede silence
Of counsell þei outrayen pacience
Thei kyndell yre & firen lecherye
And causen bothe bodi & soule to die
Note: Extract, lines 3865-71 and 3830-36, added to first parchment flyleaf, verso, by a hand of the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.
29.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 C.XIV, f. 2-99v
First Lines:
Musynge vp on the resteles bysynesse
Which that this troubly world hath ay in hande…
Last Lines:
…To the þat al [ ] of loues feruence
That knowith [ ] whom nothynge is hid fro
Note: Damage to last few folios due to stain; followed by envoy to John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford ((6116).
Attributed Author: Gilis (f. 2); Thomas hoccleue (f. 99v)
Attributed Title: Gilis de regimine principum (rubric in upper margin of f. 2, by scribe); Here endeth the book of the gouernaunce of Princes that Thomas hoccleue made whiche is a book of Moraltes and of vertues and hily dispreisinge lewednesse and vices (f. 99v, rubric at end, by scribe)
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.VI, f. 4
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. De Regimene Principum: a poem by Thomas Occleve. Roxburghe Club 79. London, 1860.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Hoccleve’s Works: The Regement of Princes and fourteen minor poems.” EETS e.s. 72 (1897); repr. 1988: 196-7 (Envoy only).
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 377-9 (excerpt).
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XVIII, ff. 2-99v
First Lines:
Musynge vpon the restelees bysynesse
Which that this troubly world hath ay in hande
Þat othir thyng than fruyt of bittirnesse
Ne yildith naght as I can vndirstande …
Last Lines:
…To the þat al seist of loues feruence
That knowith he whom nothynge is hid fro
Note: Holograph copy: see Mooney (2011).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Hoccleve’s Works: The Regement of Princes and fourteen minor poems.” EETS e.s. 72 (1897); repr. 1988: 196-7 (Envoy only).
32.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XIX, ff. 2-99v
First Lines:
Musynge vpon the restles besynesse
Whiche that this troubli worlde hath ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…To the that al seist of loues feruence
That knoweth he whom no þinge is hid fro
Attributed Author: Gilis (f. 2); Thomas hoccleue (f. 99v)
Attributed Title: Gilis de regimine principum (rubric in upper margin of f. 2, by scribe); Here endeth the book of the gouernaunce of Princes that Thomas hoccleue made whiche is a book of Moraltes and of vertues and hily dispreisinge lewednesse and vices (f. 99v, rubric at end, by scribe)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1212, ff. 5-100
First Lines:
[M]Osyng vp on the restlees bisynesse
Whiche þat this world hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…to the þat al seith of loouys feruence
Þat knowith he whom nothing is hid froo
Note: Ends, ‘Cest tout’ (f. 100), written by scribe. Scribe identifies himself with large textura script at bottom of f. 100r, ‘Lucas enduee 27’ [perhaps intended as ‘endure’]. The name also appears beside other texts in the MS, numbers 275 and 3519.
Attributed Author: Thomas Hoccleve (added top margin f. 5)
Attributed Title: Thomas Hoccleve de regimine principis [sic] (added by post-medieval hand to top margin, f. 5)
34.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1825, ff. 2-88
First Lines:
MVsynge vpon the restelees busynesse
wiche þat this troubly world haþ ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…To the þat al seist of lovis fervence
That knowith he whom no þing is hid fro
Note: After last line, by hand of scribe, ‘Amen / Deo gracias’ (f. 88).
Attributed Title: Hire bigynneth a tretys wiche that is callid (f. 2, rubric by scribe above first line; not completed)
35.Source: London, British Library Addit. 18632, ff. 34-99v
First Lines:
Mvsing vpon the restles besynesse
wich þat þis troubly world haþ ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…to the that al seest of loues feruens
that knowith he whom noþing is hid fro
Attributed Title: Explicit & cetera / Nunc fimen fixi penitet me so male / scripsi (rubric by scribe after envoy, f. 99v); Explicit Hoccleue in Aristotile & Egidio de regimine / Principum Et Jacobo de Cicile . S Chesse (f. 99v, by scribe); followed by rubric heading Verba Compilatoris ad librum (f. 99v, by scribe)
36.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 1ra-48rb
First Lines:
Musing vppon the Restles besinesse
Which that þis troubli worlde hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…Of heuen blisse that is eendeles
To which þou bringe þe Actor of pees
Note: Followed by ‘verba compilatoris ad llibrum’, 2 x 8, ababbcbc, beg. ‘[G]o litel boke who yafe þe hardinesse…’ (40rb).
Attributed Title: Explicit liber de Regimine principum (f. 40rb).
37.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.1.11, ff. 80-176
First Lines:
MUsyng vppon the restlesse besines
Which that this troublose worlde hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat all seest of lowis ferwence
That knowyth he whom nothyng is hid froo
Attributed Title: De regimine principum vocatur the Kyngys Draught (f. 80); Explicit liber de Principum Regimine (f. 176).
38.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 202, ff. 1-96v
First Lines:
MVsynge vp on þe resteles besynesse
Which þat ys troubly world haþ ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…Thi doghter preye to beseche hir sone
To stynt of werres þe dampnable wone…
Note: Ends imperfectly at end of stanza 769 (of 780).
39.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 134, ff. 250ra-283rb
First Lines:
[ ]restles besinesse
[ ]li world haþ ay in honde…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat all sayest of loues feruence
That knoweþ he whom no þinge is hid fro
Note: Portion of first folio (f. 250) torn away, with loss of text.
Attributed Author: Explicit Thomas Occlef (f. 283rb, rubric)
40.Source: Chicago, IL, Newberry Library f33.7 [olim Merton 28; Breslauer Cat. 90, item 24], ff. 1-79
First Lines:
Mvsyng apon þe restles bisynesse
Whiche þat þis world hat ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…To þe þat alle seith of loues feruence
þat knoweth he whom no þinge is hyd fro
Note: Includes ‘Verba compilatoris ad librum’ (ff. 78v-79); explicit is ‘Cest tout’ (f. 79).
Attributed Title: Hic incipit prologue de Principum regimine (f. 30), Hic tractat de Principum regimine (f. 32)
Editions:
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: 61 (envoy only).
41.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.13 [olim Bridgewater], ff. 18-115
First Lines:
MUsyng vp on the restles besynes
wiche that trowbli world hathe ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…And if lust be to his magnyficence
Do be thi reed his welthes shal witnesse
Note: Ends, ‘Explicit liber de principium Regimine’ before two-stanza envoy (f. 115); owned by ‘Aluredo Corneburgh de Camera Regis’ (f. 115)
Attributed Title: Explicit liber de principium Regimine (f. 115)
42.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 39v-40
First Lines:
O litil book who yaf thee hardynesse
Thy wordes to pronounce in the presence…
Last Lines:
…To thee þat al seist of loues feruence
Þat knowith god whom no thyng is hid fro
Note: Envoy only (three stanzas of eight lines, ababbcbc).
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
43.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 135 [olim Phillipps 8980], f. 39v
Note: Envoy only.
Editions:
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: 61.
44.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 135 [olim Phillipps 8980], f. 1-82v
First Lines:
Musyng vpon the restelesse besynesse
Wyche that this troubly worlde hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…In swyche a cas ys wysdam to schaunge
good ys your counsell be to your foos straunge
Note: Includes Latin glosses; ends imperfectly.
Attributed Author: [Liber] qui [dictus] hocclyf compositus a Rege henrico quinto (f. 1
Editions:
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: 61.
45.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 493 [olim Phillipps 8267; Robinson (July 1952); Bodmer], ff. 61-133v
First Lines:
Mvsyng vp on þe restles bysynes
Which þat þis wor troubly World hath ay on hand…
Last Lines:
…To þee þat all seist of loves fervence
That knawith he þat nothing is hid froo
Note: Formerly listed under 235.
Attributed Title: Explicit Egidius de regimine principum (f. 133v).
Facsimiles:
Shailor, Barbara A. The Medieval Book: Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988: 54 (ff. 97v-98 only).
46.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 137 [olim Ashburnham 244, post Quaritch Sale Cat. 344, No. 18], ff. 1-81
First Lines:
mewsing vppon the resteles bysynes
Whiche that this troble world hath ay in honde
That other thing than frute of bytternes
Ne yoldeth not as y can vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Of heuen blesse that ys endeles
The whiche þou brynge the autour of pees
Attributed Author: Hokleffe (scribe, rubric, f. 1); Explicit hokcleue super Egidium de Regimine Principum vt supra (f. 81)
Attributed Title: Explicit Tabula Super Egidium Regimine Principum (f. iiv); Explicit hokcleue super Egidium de Regimine Principum vs supra (f. 81).
47.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1083/30 [olim Phillipps 1099], ff. 1-77
First Lines:
MVsyng vp on the restles bisynesse
Which that this world hath ay on honde…
Last Lines:
…Of hevenes blysse that is endeles
To which yow brynge thauctour of pees
Note: MS not foliated; f. 77 = sig. k.7; Followed by envoy (3 x 8-line stanzas), ff. 77-77v, by another hand than main scribe: ‘A [sic] lityl book who yaf the hardynesse / Thy wordys to pronounce in the presence… …To the that al seyst of lovis servence / That knoweth he that no thyng is hid fro.’
Attributed Author: Hokleffe (scribe, rubric, f. 1); Explicit hokcleue super Egidium de Regimine Principum vt supra (f. 81)
Attributed Title: Heere endith Gylis de Regimine Principum (f. 77v).