University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 17

The vellum of this late-thirteenth century English psalter was once nearly white, but now appears dirty. The ink for the bulk of the text is brown, with blue, orange (or weak red), green, and white in the decorations. Gold and silver are both used, and the silver has tarnished. There are dragons, foliage, flowers, and pointed ivy as marginal decorations. Illuminated initials begin each verse, and bars are placed at the end of lines to complete them when the text is too short to fill them; these lines include both geometric designs and additional dragons. The leaf measures 17 x 11 cm. See Denison University Leaf 17 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Exodus 15:6-15:13 (recto). A scan of the verso is not currently available.

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Boulder Leaf 17 Recto
Boulder Leaf 17 Recto

University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 17 Recto

+ Boulder Leaf 17 Recto Transcription

[column A]

-titúdine: déxtera tua, Dómine, percússit inimícum. Et in multitúdine glóriæ tuæ deposuísti adversários meos:
Misísti iram tuam, quæ devorávit eos sicut stípulam. Et in spíritu furóris tui congregátæ sunt aquæ:
Stetit unda fluens, congregáta sunt abýssi in médio maris.
Dixit inimícus: Pérsequar et comprehéndam, dívidam spólia, implébitur ánima mea:
Evaginábo gládium meum, interfíciet eos manus mea.

[column B]

Flavit spíritus tuus, et opéruit eos mare: submérsi sunt quasi plumbum in aquis veheméntibus.
Quis símilis tui in fórtibus, Dómine? quis símilis tui, magníficus in sanctitáte, terríbilis atque laudábilis, fáciens mirabília?
Extendísti manum tuam, et devorávit eos terra.
Dux fuísti in misericórdia tua pópulo quem redemísti:
Et portásti eum in fortitúdine tua, ad habitáculum sanctum tu-

+ Boulder Leaf 17 Recto Translation

[Exodus 15:6-15:13]

...thy right hand, O Lord, hath slain the enemy. 7 And in the multitude of thy glory thou hast put down thy adversaries: thou hast sent thy wrath, which hath devoured them like stubble. 8 And with the blast of thy anger the waters were gathered together: the flowing water stood, the depths were gathered together in the midst of the sea. 9 The enemy said: I will pursue and overtake, I will divide the spoils, my soul shall have its fill: I will draw my sword, my hand shall slay them. 10 Thy wind blew and the sea covered them: they sunk as lead in the mighty waters. 11 Who is like to thee, among the strong, O Lord? who is like to thee, glorious in holiness, terrible and praiseworthy, doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst forth thy hand, and the earth swallowed them. 13 In thy mercy thou hast been a leader to the people which thou hast redeemed: and in thy strength thou hast carried them to thy holy habitation.

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