University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 29

This leaf is from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century. It measures only 18 x 13.5 cm, and its broad margins help emphasize the often dramatic difference between the size of a text block and the overall size of a leaf. The text block is ruled in red; first letters are decorated with gold, blue, light plum, and white. The ivy leaves are gold, with flowers and buds in the ivy rendered in medium green and blue, and occasionally red and plum. Some leaves have the marginal ivy on both the recto and verso. See Denison University Leaf 29 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Based on the leaves we have seen, this Book of Hours accords with the Use of Rome. This leaf contains text from the Hours of the Virgin at Vespers, consisting mostly of Psalms 109:4-7 followed by Psalms 112:1. A scan of the verso is not currently available.

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Amherst Leaf 29 Recto
Amherst Leaf 29 Recto

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 29 Recto

+ Amherst Leaf 29 Recto Transcription

sacerdos in aeternum, secundum ordinem Melchisedech. Dominus a dextris tuis: confregit in die irae suae reges. Iudicabit in nationibus, implebit ruinas: conquassabit capita in terra multorum. De torrente in via bibet: propterea exaltabit caput. Gloria Patri, etc. Ant: Dum esset rex in accubitu suo, nardus mea dedit odorem suavitatis. Ant: Laeva eius. Psalmus.

Laudate pueri Dominum: laudate nomen Domini.

+ Amherst Leaf 29 Recto Translation

[Psalms 109] ...a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Our Lord on thy right hand: hath broken kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge in nations, he shall fill ruins: he shall crush the heads in the land of many. Of the brook in the way he hath drunk: therefore shall he lift up the head. Glory be to the Father. Ant: While the king was upon his bed, my nardus did give an odor of sweetness. Ant: His left hand. Psalm.

[Psalms 112] Praise our Lord ye children: praise ye the name of our Lord.

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