Kent State University Leaf 31

This leaf is from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century, and measures 18.5 x 13 cm. The marginal ivy emerges from the text block and weaves and subdivides, producing gold leaves and several kinds of colorful flowers; the ivy seems only to be located along the outer margin of each page. The arrangement of this Book of Hours may be in accord with the Use of Paris.

Text: This leaf contains text from Psalms 50, used either for the office for the Dead at Lauds or the recitation of the Seven Penitential Psalms (of which Psalms 50 is one).

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Kent Leaf 31 Recto
Kent Leaf 31 Recto

Kent State University Leaf 31 Recto

+ Kent Leaf 31 Recto Transcription

Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.
Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.
Asperges me hyssopo, et mundabor: lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Auditui meo dabis gaudium, et laetitiam: et exultabunt ossa humiliata.
Averte faciem tuam a peccatis meis: et omnes iniquitates meas dele.

+ Kent Leaf 31 Recto Translation

[from Psalms 50] For behold I was conceived in iniquities: and my mother conceived me in sins. For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. To my hearing thou shalt give joy, and gladness: and humbled bones shall rejoice. Turn away thy face from my sins: and blot out all my iniquities.

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Kent Leaf 31 Verso
Kent Leaf 31 Verso

Kent State University Leaf 31 Verso

+ Kent Leaf 31 Verso Transcription

Cor mundum crea in me Deus: et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.
Ne proicias me a facie tua: et spiritum sanctum tuum ne auferas a me.
Redde mihi laetitiam salutaris tui: et spiritu principali confirma me.
Docebo iniquos vias tuas: et impii ad te convertentur.
Libera me de sanguinibus Deus, Deus salutis meae: et exultabit lingua mea iustitiam tuam.

+ Kent Leaf 31 Verso Translation

[continuing Psalm 50] Create a clean heart in me O God: and renew a right spirit in my bowels. Cast me not away from thy face: and thy holy spirit take not from me. Render unto me the joy of thy salvation: and confirm me with a principal spirit. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the impious shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloods O God, the God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.

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