Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 48

This leaf is from a Dutch Book of Hours from the late fifteenth century. It measures 17.5 x 12.5 cm. Compared to the other specimens of fifteenth-century Books of Hours in the portfolios, this one contains highly "itemized" pages: the red ink used for the rubrications sharply contrasts with the brown ink; several 1- or 2-line initials rendered in gold on a background of blue or red bring light into the text block of most leaves; and many lesser first letters are filled with yellow. Despite this lavish plan, all leaves from this manuscript show evidence of problematic adherence of the gold leaf, and/or incomplete decoration or text. See Denison University Leaf 48 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: This leaf contains text from Psalms 26, probably from the Office for the Dead at Matins, the second nocturne. A scan of the verso is not currently available.

Reconstruction Note! In Ege's original manuscript, this leaf followed what is now Leaf 48 in the Ohio University portfolio.

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Rochester Leaf 48 Recto
Rochester Leaf 48 Recto

Rochester Institute of Technology Leaf 48 Recto

+ Rochester Leaf 48 Recto Transcription

Exaudi Domine vocem meam, qua clamavi ad te: miserere mei, et exaudi me.
Tibi dixit cor meum, exquisivit te facies mea: faciem tuam Domine requiram.
Ne avertas faciem tuam a me: et ne declines in ira a servo tuo.
Adiutor meus esto, ne derelinquas me: neque dispicias me Deus salutaris meus. Quoniam pater meus et mater mea dereliquerunt me: Dominus autem assumpsit me.
Legem pone mihi Domine in via tua: et dirige me in semitam rectam, propter inimicos meos.
Ne tradideris me in animas tribulantium me: quoniam insurrexerunt in me testes iniqui, et mentita est iniquitas sibi.
Credo videre bona Domini: in terra viventium.
Expecta Dominum

+ Rochetser Leaf 48 Recto Translation

[from Psalms 26] Hear O Lord my voice, where with I have cried to thee: have mercy on me, and hear me. My heart hath said to thee, my face hath sought thee out: thy face O Lord I will seek. Turn not away thy face from me: decline not in wrath from thy servant. Be thou my helper, forsake me not: neither despise me O God my saviour. Because my father and my mother have forsaken me: but our Lord hath taken me. Set me a law O Lord in thy way: and direct me in the right path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not into the souls of them that trouble me: because unjust witnesses have risen up against me, and iniquity hath lied to itself. I believe to see the good things of our Lord: in the land of the living. Expect our Lord...

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