University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 12

This psalter leaf comes from 13th-century Flanders. The vellum is of poor quality (yellowed, hard, thick, and stiff), and while the angular gothic text is accomplished well the decoration and illumination are singularly clumsy. The page has been cropped through the illumination on the outer edge, resulting in present dimensions of 14 x 10cm. The ink used in the text is brown, with coral, blue, and white for the decoration, as well as gold leaf. See Denison University Leaf 12 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Psalms 118:102-118:114 (recto). A scan of the verso is not currently available.

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Amherst Leaf 12 Recto
Amherst Leaf 12 Recto

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 12 Recto

+ Amherst Leaf 12 Recto Transcription

legem posuísti mihi.
Quam dúlcia fáucibus meis elóquia tua! super mel ori meo.
A mandátis tuis intelléxi; proptérea odívi omnem viam iniquitátis.
Lucérna pédibus meis verbum tuum, et lumen sémitis meis. Iurávi et státui custodíre judícia justítiæ tuae. Humiliátus sum usquequáque, Dómine; vivífica me secúndum verbum tuum.
Voluntária oris mei beneplácita fac, Dómine, et judícia tua doce me.
Ánima mea in mánibus meis semper, et legem tuam non sum oblítus.
Posuérunt peccatóres láqueum mihi, et de mandátis tuis non errávi.
Haereditáte acquisívi testimónia tua in aetérnum, quia exsultátio cordis mei sunt.
Inclinávi cor meum ad faciéndas justificatiónes tuas in aetérnum, propter retributiónem. Iníquos ódio hábui, et legem tuam diléxi.
Adiútor et suscéptor meus es tu, et in ver

+ Amherst Leaf 12 Recto Translation

[Psalms 118:102-114]

102 I have not declined from thy judgments, because thou hast set me a law. 103 How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth. 104 By thy commandments I have had understanding: therefore have I hated every way of iniquity. 105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths. 106 I have sworn and am determined to keep the judgments of thy justice. 107 I have been humbled, O Lord, exceedingly: quicken thou me according to thy word. 108 The free offerings of my mouth make acceptable, O Lord: and teach me thy judgments. 109 My soul is continually in my hands: and I have not forgotten thy law. 110 Sinners have laid a snare for me: but I have not erred from thy precepts. 111 I have purchased thy testimonies for an inheritance for ever: because they are the joy of my heart. 112 I have inclined my heart to do thy justifications for ever, for the reward. 113 I have hated the unjust: and have loved thy law. 114 Thou art my helper and my protector: and in thy word I have greatly hoped.

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