University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 45

This leaf is from a Book of Hours made in France in the later fifteenth century, and its text conforms very clearly to the Use of Paris. The vellum is very well prepared, and measures 18.5 x 13 cm; the text block is ruled in red, and the main ink is a dark slate color. The formation of the letters, both in shape and in position above the ruling, gives them a slightly insubstantial quality; there are, moreover, a surprising number of grammatical and other scribal errors in these leaves. Simple vines of red, blue, and gold flower buds ascend and descend from at least one large initial on each leaf; the blue ink used for the decoration is especially vivid. See Denison University Leaf 45 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Based on the leaves we have seen, this Book of Hours accords with the Use of Paris: the leaves in the Ohio State University and Cleveland Institute of Art portfolios provide the best clues. This leaf contains passages from Psalms 5. A scan of the verso is not currently available.

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Boulder Leaf 45 Recto
Boulder Leaf 45 Recto

University of Colorado, Boulder Leaf 45 Recto

+ Boulder Leaf 45 Recto Transcription

eius beati omnes qui confidunt meo. Psalmus.

Verba mea auribus percipe Domine intellege clamorem meum.
Intende voci orationis meae rex meus et Deus meus.
Quoniam ad te orabo Domine mane exaudies vocem meam.
Mane adstabo tibi et videbo quoniam non deus volens iniquitatem tu es

+ Boulder Leaf 45 Recto Translation

[Psalms 5:2-5] Give ear, O Lord, to my words, understand my cry. 3 Hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God. 4 For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my voice. 5 In the morning I will stand before thee, and will see: because thou art not a God that willest iniquity.

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