Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 46

This leaf is from a Book of Hours made in northern France in the late fifteenth century. It measures 16 x 12 cm, and the arrangement of its responses and antiphons indicates that it accords with the Use of Rouen. Blooming on these pages are acanthus leaves intertwined with a truly impressive variety of what Ege calls "wayside flowers," including thistles, gallic roses, strawberries, grapes, and others which are so stylized as to be nearly geometric. The flowers are fenced in by red lining, a thinner form of which rules the text. There are many well-executed illuminated initials, with lesser first letters filled with yellow; occasionally a lone "cut flower" has been used to fill empty space in the text block. Many leaves are stained from use. See Denison University Leaf 46 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: The leaves we have seen indicate that this Book of Hours accords to the Uses of Rouen and Coutances. This leaf contains text from the Office for the Dead at Matins, the Third Nocturne. (Mostly Psalms 39.) A scan of the recto is not currently available.

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Rochester Leaf 46 Verso
Rochester Leaf 46 Verso

Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 46 Verso

+ Rochester Leaf 46 Verso Transcription

-tatem meam. V. Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me. Quia tibi soli peccavi. Ant. [ ]

Expectans expectavi Dominum: et intendit mihi.
Et exaudivit preces meas: et eduxit me de lacu miseriae, et de luto faecis.
Et statuit supra petram pedes meos: et direxit gressus meos.
Et immisit in os meum canticum novum: carmen Deo nostro.
Videbunt multi, et timebunt: et sperabunt in Domino.
Beatus vir, cuius est nomen Domini spes eius, et non respexit in vanitates et insanias falsas.

+ Rochester Leaf 46 Verso Translation

[from Psalms 50] iniquity. V. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Ant. [ ]

[Psalms 39] Expecting I expected our Lord: and he hath attended to me. And he heard my prayers: and brought me out of the lake of misery, and the mire of dregs. And hath set my feet upon a rock: and hath directed my steps. And he hath put a new song into my mouth: a meter unto our God. Many shall see, and shall fear: and they shall hope in our Lord. Blessed is the man, whose trust is the name of our Lord: and hath not had regard to vanities, and false madness.

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