Cincinnati Public Library 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 118:40-50 (recto) and 50-60 (verso).

Reconstruction Note! In Ege's original manuscript, this leaf preceded what is now Leaf 12 in the Cleveland Public Library portfolio. Together they contain Psalms 118:40-80.

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Cincinnati Leaf 12 Recto
Cincinnati Leaf 12 Recto

Cincinnati Public Library Leaf 12 Recto

+ Cincinnati Leaf 12 Recto Transcription

Ecce concupívi mandáta tua: in æquitáte tua vivífica me.

Et véniat super me misericórdia tua, Dómine; salutáre tuum secúndum elóquium tuum.
Et respondébo exprobrántibus mihi verbum, quia sperávi in sermónibus tuis.
Et ne áuferas de ore meo verbum veritátis usquequáque, quia in judíciis tuis supersperávi.
Et custódiam legem tuam semper, in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi.
Et ambulábam in latitúdine, quia mandáta tua exquisívi.
Et loquébar in testimóniis tuis in conspéctu regum, et non confundébar.
Et meditábar in mandátis tuis, quæ diléxi.
Et levávi manus meas ad mandáta tua, quæ diléxi, et exercébar in justificatiónibus tuis.

Mémor esto verbi tui servo tuo, in quo mihi spem dedísti.
Hæc me consoláta est in humilitáte mea

+ Cincinnati Leaf 12 Recto Translation

[Psalms 118:40-50]

40 Behold I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy justice. 41 Let thy mercy also come upon me, O Lord: thy salvation according to thy word. 42 So shall I answer them that reproach me in any thing; that I have trusted in thy words. 43 And take not thou the word of truth utterly out of my mouth: for in thy words have I hoped exceedingly. 44 So shall I always keep thy law, for ever and ever. 45 And I walked at large: because I have sought after thy commandments. 46 And I spoke of thy testimonies before kings: and I was not ashamed. 47 I meditated also on thy commandments, which I loved. 48 And I lifted up my hands to thy commandments, which I loved: and I was exercised in thy justifications. 49 Be thou mindful of thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast given me hope. 50 This hath comforted me in my humiliation:

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Cincinnati Leaf 12 Verso
Cincinnati Leaf 12 Verso

Cincinnati Public Library Leaf 12 Verso

+ Cincinnati Leaf 12 Verso Transcription

quia elóquium tuum vivificávit me.
Supérbi iníque agébant usquequáque; a lege autem tua non declinávi.
Memor fui judiciórum tuórum a saeculo, Dómine, et consolátus sum.
Deféctio ténuit me, pro peccatóribus derelinquéntibus legem tuam.
Cantábiles mihi erant justificatiónes tuæ in loco peregrinatiónis meæ.
Memor fui nocte nóminis tui, Dómine, et custodívi legem tuam.
Hæc facta est mihi, quia justificatiónes tuas exquisívi.

Pórtio mea, Dómine, dixi custodíre legem tuam.
Deprecátus sum fáciem tuam in toto corde meo; miserére mei secúndum elóquium tuum.
Cogitávi vias meas, et convérti pedes meos in testimónia tua.
Parátus sum, et non sum turbátus, ut custódiam mandáta tua.

+ Cincinnati Leaf 12 Verso Translation

[Psalms 118:50-60]

...because thy word hath enlivened me. 51 The proud did iniquitously altogether: but I declined not from thy law. 52 I remembered, O Lord, thy judgments of old: and I was comforted. 53 A fainting hath taken hold of me, because of the wicked that forsake thy law. 54 Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of my pilgrimage. 55 In the night I have remembered thy name, O Lord: and have kept thy law. 56 This happened to me: because I sought after thy justifications. 57 O Lord, my portion, I have said, I would keep the law. 58 I entreated thy face with all my heart: have mercy on me according to thy word. 59 I have thought on my ways: and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 60 I am ready, and am not troubled: that I may keep thy commandments.

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