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Adam of Barking, Carmen de serie sex aetatum(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Adam of Barking
Codicology:Vellum, 270 x 110 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (10.6 x 4.5 in.), ff. 1 + 141, 56-60 lines to a page. Cent. xii-xiii, in more than one very neat hand.
Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18 28 312 410 58-88 (+ 6*) 94 (+ slip) 108 1114 (+7*: 10, 11 canc.) 1210-1510 168 (wants 6-8).
2 fo.: Dum christum.
Quires 5-8 have an old numbering I-IIII.
On the flyleaf (f. iv)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) Bale's account of Adamus Barkingensis.
Leland (Collectanea IV 150) saw a copy of this work at Sherborne, which may be the one before us.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i + 1-75 + 75a + 76-141 + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-141v
Adam of Barking, Carmen de serie sex aetatum(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
It begins
1r
Rubric:
Auctor huius operis de sex etatum serie tractare proponens breuiterque concludere que leuiter transierunt carptim tangit in prologo precedenti de quibus latius est tractaturus in opere subsequenti dicens se otio iam diu deditum torpore deposito iam ad studia reuersum se de magnis breuiter tractaturum promittens et unde tractaturus hec (hic?) seriatim capitula premittens
1r
Incipit:
Scribere decreui decursum labilis eui
Claudere fine breui fine peracta leui
1r
Explicit:
Que lux leticie . quis sit fons philosophie
Quid caput ecclesie . que uia . duxque uie
1r
Incipit:
Tempora patris ade renouante stilo mihi trade
Musa stilo trade tempora patris ade
3v
The story of the Creation is begun on f. 3v
3v
Rubric:
Auctor huius operis a summo omnium auctore deo narrationis seriem inchoans etc.
3v
Incipit:
Ante creaturas tot secula totque figuras
Tot generum formas tantas per tot loca normas
On f. 15r the Flood is reached. Here is a gap. After 12 lines, ending
15r
Explicit:
Nil alibi tutum nihil est a morte solutum
Nulla foris tuta morti sunt queque tributa,
15r
the rest of the page is blank
a.
15v
Incipit:
Nuper eram locup(l)es multisque beatus amicis
Et risere mihi fata secunda diu
(Hildebert P. L.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) CLXXI 1418)
16r
Explicit:
Ille potens mitis tenor et concordia rerum
Quicquid uult in me digerat. eius ero
b.
16r
Incipit:
Si supplex hominum tibi seruiat ordo. quid inde
16r
Explicit:
Tam cito pretereunt hec omnia quod nihil inde
(6 lines)
c.
16r
Incipit:
Ridentis iocus est fortune copia rerum
Mobilis hec nescit continuare iocum
16v
Explicit:
Ergo cum proles mihi sit bona. non nihil inde
Nam sine prole pater est sine sole dies
(24 lines)
Rest of 16v blank
17r
Rubric:
Auctor ad materie seriem redit
17r
Incipit:
Hiis interiectis uti decet amodo rectis
Ad seriem recti recto decet ordine flecti
17r
with a sign referring to a passage on f. 75v
Story of Abraham begins f. 21r
On f. 38r is a break and reference to a passage which occurs on f. 80v
On f. 38v a fresh beginning
38v
Incipit:
Dum uigil inquiro de lacte simulque butiro
which only occupies this page
On f. 39r change of hand and entirely new exordium: a very long address to Christ for all estates of men 1, and a still longer disquisition on the Incarnation, the Virgin, and the types referring thereto
39r
Incipit:
Ad titulum Christi titulo nota competit isti
Quire 9, ff. 72r-75v, in the first hand, is an insertion containing various supplements
From f. 92r onwards we have a very full treatment of the story of Genesis from Gen. xviii to the end
On f. 134r sqq. a much shorter account of the Plagues, Exodus, the Law, the Priestly vestments
141r
Ending (after a few lines about David)
141r
Explicit:
Sunt modo cras ut heri nequeunt diuina moueri
Sic manet immotum manet immutabile totum
The work is unfinished: only four ages out of the six have been treated. The confused state of the work suggests that this copy may be the author's autograph
On f. 141v, in another hand, after 3 erased lines
141v
Incipit:
Manducare potes formicam si capud aufers
141v
Explicit:
In cruce sum pro te qui peccas desine pro me
Desine do veniam do vitam corrige culpam
1  On f. 47v-48r in a prayer for kings is a disquisition on the meaning of the several Regal ornaments