University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 47

This leaf is from a Book of Hours made in the area of the Netherlands in the late fifteenth century. It measures 18 x 13 cm. The borders on these leaves come in two forms. Some are composed of a firmly-defined rectangle filled to its edge with solid color (dominated by cinnamon, deep sky blue, and gold) rendered in a decorative conceit (triangles, waves, bars) and framing simple flower sprigs. Other borders are less boldly outlined and are not filled with solid colors; instead, a speckled background hosts a strong acanthus vine and a wildflower spray in which a live creature (a bird, a human, a zoomorph) may lurk. While this leaf may have been created in the Netherlands, its rubricated headings are in French. See Denison University Leaf 47 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: From the Hours of the Virgin at Matins (the Hymn of Sts. Ambrose and Augustine). A scan of the recto is not currently available.

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Amherst Leaf 47 Verso
Amherst Leaf 47 Verso

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Leaf 47 Verso

+ Amherst Leaf 47 Verso Transcription

Te aeternum patrem omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes Angeli tibi caeli, et universae potestates.
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim: incessabili voce proclamant. Sanctus. Sanctus. Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt celi et terra: maiestatis gloriae tuae.

+ Amherst Leaf 47 Verso Translation

we confess thee. Thee the everlasting father: all the earth doth worship. To thee all angels: to thee the heavens, and universal powers. To thee Cherubim, and Seraphim: do cry out with incessant voice. Holy, holy, holy: Lord God of Sabaoth. Full are the heavens, and the earth: of the majesty of thy glory.

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