University of South Carolina Leaf 36

This is a leaf from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century. At 10.5 x 7 cm, this is the smallest of the 50 leaves in the Ege portfolios: each side contains just thirteen lines of text. These leaves were not separated easily; their inner margins are ragged, with scraps of the other half of the bifolium often visible. The rubrication and decoration/illumination remain vivid, sometimes overwhelming the fading text ink. See Denison University Leaf 36 for more information about this manuscript.

Text: Based on the leaves we have seen, this Book of Hours accords with the Use of Rome (see Leaf 36 in the Cleveland Public Library portfolio, which contains the "Dum Esset" antiphon). This leaf contains text from the Hours of the Virgin at Matins; it is fully devoted to text from Psalms 18.

Reconstruction Note! In Ege's original manuscript, this leaf followed what is now Leaf 36 in the Rochester Institute of Technology portfolio.

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South Carolina Leaf 36 Recto
South Carolina Leaf 36 Recto

University of South Carolina Leaf 36 Recto

+ South Carolina Leaf 36 Recto Transcription

In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum: et in fines orbis terrae verba eorum.
In sole posuit tabernaculum suum: et ipse tamquam sponsus procedens de thalamo suo.
Exultavit ut gigans ad currendam viam: a summo caelo egressio eius.

+ South Carolina Leaf 36 Recto Translation

[from Psalms 18:] ...theirs. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and unto the ends of the round world the words of them. He hath put his tabernacle in the sun: and himself as a bridegroom coming forth of his bridechamber. He hath rejoiced as a giant to run the way: his coming forth is from the highest heaven.

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South Carolina Leaf 36 Verso
South Carolina Leaf 36 Verso

University of South Carolina Leaf 36 Verso

+ South Carolina Leaf 36 Verso Transcription

Et occursus eius usque ad summum eius: nec est qui se abscondat a calore eius.
Lex Domini immaculata convertens animas: testimonium Domini fidele, sapientiam praestans parvulis.
Iustitiae Domini rectae, laetificantes corda: praeceptum Domini lucidum, illuminans oculos.

+ South Carolina Leaf 36 Verso Translation

[continuing Psalms 18] And his recourse even to the top thereof: neither is there any that can hide himself from his heat. The law of our Lord is immaculate converting souls: the testimony of our Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones. The justices of our Lord be right, making hearts joyful: the precept of our Lord is lightsome illuminating the eyes.

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