University of Saskatchewan 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 Hours of the Virgin at Sext (Psalms 123 and 124). A scan of the verso is not currently available.
Reconstruction Note! In Ege's original manuscript this leaf followed what is now Leaf 46 in the Kenyon College portfolio.
University of Saskatchewan Leaf 46 Recto
Laqueus contritus est: et nos liberati sumus.
Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini: qui fecit caelum et terram.
Qui confidunt in Domino, sicut mons Sion: non commovebitur in aeternum, qui habitat In Hierusalem.
Montes in circuitu eius, et Dominus in circuitu populi sui: ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum.
Quia non relinquet Dominus virgam peccatorum, super sortem iustorum: ut non extendant iusti ad iniquitatem manus suas.
Benefac Domine bonis: et rectis corde.
[Psalms 123] The snare is broken: and we are delivered. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
[Psalms 124] They that trust in our Lord, as mount Sion: he shall not be moved for ever, that dwelleth in Jerusalem. Mountains round about it, and our Lord round about his people: from henceforth, now, and for ever. Because our Lord will not leave the rod of sinners upon the lot of the just: that the just extend not their hands to iniquity. Do well o Lord to the good: and right of heart.