Kent State University Leaf 43

This leaf is from a Dutch Book of Hours from the later fifteenth century, and measures 17.5 x 13 cm. Compared to those of other contemporary Books of Hours, these leaves are somewhat plain; the text is dark black, with (as Ege notes) an even darker tone created by the closely-spaced lines. The latter contrasts nicely with the alternating red and blue initialing and feathery tracery, some of which is in violet. The vellum of several leaves is puckered outside the text block. See Denison University Leaf 43 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Psalms 88:49-89:4 (verso). A scan of the recto is not currently available.

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Kent Leaf 43 Verso
Kent Leaf 43 Verso

Kent State University Leaf 43 Verso

+ Kent Leaf 43 Verso Transcription

de manu ínferi? Ubi sunt misericórdiæ tuæ antíquæ, Dómine, sicut jurásti David in veritáte tua? Memor esto, Dómine, oppróbrii servórum tuórum, quod contínui in sinu meo, multárum géntium: quod exprobravérunt inimíci tui, Dómine; quod exprobravérunt commutatiónem christi tui. Benedíctus Dóminus in ætérnum. Fiat, fiat. iii. psalme [ ] sexte

Dómine, refúgium factus es nobis a generatióne in generatiónem. Priúsquam montes fíerent, aut formarétur terra et orbis, a sǽculo et usque in sǽculum tu es, Deus. Ne avértas hóminem in humilitátem: et dixísti: Convertímini, fílii hóminum. Quóniam mille anni ante óculos tuos tamquam dies hestérna quæ

+ Kent Leaf 43 Verso Translation

[Psalms 88:49-53] ...from the hand of hell? 50 Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou didst swear to David in thy truth? 51 Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I have held in my bosom) of many nations: 52 Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the change of thy anointed. 53 Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it. So be it. iii. psalm [ ]

[Psalms 89:1-4] Lord, thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation. 2 Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed; from eternity and to eternity thou art God. 3 Turn not man away to be brought low: and thou hast said: Be converted, O ye sons of men. 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past.

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