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Metrical Lives of St Katherine and St lfheah, Hymns(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Passio S. Katherinae. Passio S. lphegi, etc.
Codicology:Vellum, 211 x 141 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (8.3 x 5.5 in.), ff. 1 + 120, 32 lines to a page. Cent. xii-xiii, very beautifully written, not in the Christ Church hand, but in that of St Albans (see later).
Provenance:From Christ Church, Canterbury. At top of f. 1r (xii):
Passio (written over erasure) sce katerine et sci lphegi.
In the upper R. corner the mark
.
Ancient Libraries, p. 49, no. 281.
Provenance:It seems to me that the book must be a production of the scriptorium of St Albans sent probably as a present to Christ Church.
Additions:The flyleaf is a slip having on the verso (f. 1A)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) in Parkerian hand an extract from Eadmer's Vita Anselmi (I, cap. 30):
Lanfrancus ad Anselmum.
Fateor inquit subtilem perspicaciam (referring to Osbern's Passio Aelphegi).
Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18-158.
Foliation: ff. i-ii + 1a (loose leaf) + 1-120 + iii-iv(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-54v
Metrical life of St Katherine (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Passio Sancte Katerine
(no heading)
1r
Incipit:
Ut super omne melos delectat cantus oloris
Cum uicina premit mors et noua causa doloris
30 lines in sets of six
1-6 rhyme oris
7-12 rhyme orem
13-18 rhyme undo
19-24 rhyme auit
25-30 rhyme are
ending
1r
Explicit:
Hanc imitemur ad hec bona que meruit properare
Festinemus et hec sine tempore finis amare
Gold initial to text of f. 1v
1v
Incipit:
Non humilis turbe proles insignis in urbe Alexandrina uirgo nituit catherina
In paragraphs, with red, blue and green initials
Fresh divisions begin at
8v
Talia dum memorat dum uiua uoce perorat
16r
Uirgo sit inquit ita sed si minus arte polita
24r
Iam catherina satis tantis ac tot superatis
34r
Nox abit aurore superaccedente rubore
On f. 42r is a coloured drawing occupying the upper half of the page: washed with colour: no background. Katherine in green habit with jewelled nimbus stands in the midst of four red and brown wheels set with knives. Divine Hand in cloud on L. The wheels are all set upright, showing all the spokes
43v
(44v)
Incipit:
At Regina dolis non cessit fragmine molis
Territa penali
Ends
54v
Explicit:
O pia martir aue cui spirat aroma suaue, etc.
...
Hec precor hec dona ne frauder uirgo corona
Victricibus palme tibi sit laus spiritus alme
2.
54v-56v
Vitalis of Blois, Geta (extract) (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
In a different ink, not much later, a speech by Sosia and reply by Geta (cf. the Comoedia Getae)
54v
Incipit:
Contemptus limo sapientia marcet in imo
Que fuerat primo florida parque thymo
Ending
56v
Explicit:
Ergo studere uelis ut ames. ac mente fidelis
Cantes in celis carmina plena melis
Ut perpes uita feruenter amando petita
Que super astra sita sit tibi. fiat ita. Amen
3.
57r-120r
Metrical life of St lfheah, Hymns (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Passio Sancti lphegi
57r
In a hand like the first: large gold initial (no title)
57r
Incipit:
Mens quod amando diu concepit de generosa
Martiris lfegi uirtute parit studiosa
Tanti gesta patris recitare uolens animosa
Dum pro posse suo fierit cupit officiosa
Metra nouando canit que sunt prius edita prosa
Nam pater Osbernus de laude uiri speciosa
Scribit habetque sibi satis id gens religiosa
Sed uirtute tamen minor etas deliciosa
Carmine scripta probat cui prosa dicta perosa
This then is a versification of Osbern's work, probably by the author of no. 1
The Passion begins
57r
Incipit:
Floruit insignis pater lfegus generosa
De radice fluens ac summe religiosa
Breaks occur
65v
Incipit:
Uenerat interea presul Wentanus ad astra
74v
Incipit:
Iam dorobernorum summus patriarcha beatus
84r
Incipit:
Cum fragor armorum cecidisset pace sepultus
96v
Incipit:
Hactenus excidium destructe fleuimus urbis
106v
Incipit:
Talia dunstanus dum pertractando reuoluit
Ending
116v
Explicit:
Omnibus expletis finem licet expediamus
Quo tibi festiuas laudes pater alme canamus
116v
Incipit:
Salue festa dies celebris lux tempus et hora
Qua pater lfegus uenit ad alta poli
118r
Explicit:
Ergo patris tanti festum gratanter honorans
Cantica sollemni digna repende die
On S. Alban
118r
Incipit:
Salue festa dies celebri dignissima laude
Qua deus Albanum uexit ad astra poli
118v
Explicit:
Ergo rogemus eum qui uexit ad astra tropheum
Ut pietate dei consociemur ei
On the Invention of S. Alban
118v
Incipit:
Ecce dies celebris memori uenerabilis euo
Martyris eximii prisca trophea nouans
Hec est illa dies meruit que prima uidere
Martyris Albani menbra sepulta diu
119r
Explicit:
Martyris oret opem tanto plebs leta patrono
Plebs quam pre cuntis ossa reperta beant
On SS. Peter and Paul
119r
Incipit:
Salue festa dies totum celebranda per orbem
Martirii duplicis lumine clara micans
119r
Hac etenim Petrus Paulo comitante triumphans
Ad supera sedes ampla trophea tulit
119v
Explicit:
Nos igitur tantis ducibus iubilemus eorum
Poscentes meritis perpete luce frui
In a quite different and very rough hand
On Christmas (?)
119v
Incipit:
Salue festa dies celebri recolenda triumpho
Quam celebrat sponso sponsa dicata suo
120r
Explicit:
Ergo sequamur eam uirtutum dona ferentes
Ad salomona pium nos pia uita trahat
Sancta syon nos ad christum trahat ex aquilone
Partis in australis nos regione locans