Cleveland Public Library Leaf 36

This is a leaf from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century. At 10.5 x 7 cm, this is the smallest of the 50 leaves in the Ege portfolios: each side contains just thirteen lines of text. These leaves were not separated easily; their inner margins are ragged, with scraps of the other half of the bifolium often visible. The rubrication and decoration/illumination remain vivid, sometimes overwhelming the fading text ink. See Denison University Leaf 36 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 a chief clue in that attribution, with its "Dum Esset" antiphon. It is one of six containing text from the Hours of the Virgin at Vespers, and contains text from Psalms 109.

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Cleveland Leaf 36 Recto
Cleveland Leaf 36 Recto

Cleveland Public Library Leaf 36 Recto

+ Cleveland Leaf 36 Recto Transcription

Domine ad adiuvandum me festina.
Gloria Patri. Ant. Dum esset rex. Psalmus.
Dixit Dominus Domino meo: sede a dextris meis.
Donec ponam inimicos tuos: scabellum pedum tuorum.
Virgam virtutis tuae emittet Dominus ex Sion: dominare in medio ini-

+ Cleveland Leaf 36 Recto Translation

O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father. Ant. While the king was. Psalm.

[Psalms 109] Our Lord said to my Lord: sit on my right hand. Until I make thine enemies: thy foot-stool. Our Lord will send forth the rod of thy strength from Sion: rule thou in the midst...

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Cleveland Leaf 36 Verso
Cleveland Leaf 36 Verso

Cleveland Public Library Leaf 36 Verso

+ Cleveland Leaf 36 Verso Transcription

-micorum tuorum.
Tecum principium in die virtutis tuae in splendoribus sanctorum: ex utero ante luciferum genui te.
Iuravit Dominus, et non paenitebit eum: tu es sacerdos in aeternum, secundum ordinem Melchisedech.
Dominus a dextris tuis: confregit in die irae suae reges.

+ Cleveland Leaf 36 Verso Translation

[continues Psalms 109] the midst of thine enemies. The beginning with thee in the day of thy strength in the brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begat thee. Our Lord sware, and it shall not repent him: thou art 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.

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