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8. A Metrical Passion of St Erasmus.
Alle cristen folk ze listen & lere
As pe boke sayth and trewe men tellen vs.
To which ioye and blis good god bring vs
Porw help of pis holy man seynt Erasmus.
Ne noceat spasmus michi, me iuuet almus Erasmus:
9. A Poem on Lent, without title. Begins (p. 540):
Lenten is an holy tyme
In which folk wile hem schryue.
To come to Cristis table
10. 'A Good LESSON OF IX. VERTEWIS.'
Begins (p. 544):
Alle pat loue to here pis lessoun
Crist graunt hem his benisoun. Ends (p. 548):
To which ioye and to which blis
God bring vs alle whan his wil is.
Vis scripturarum sanctarum siue bonarum
11. A Poem on Just Judgment, with the following motto as a title :
O iudex vi feruida hanc seruabis artem,
1 "Άκουε την άλλην μερίδα.
Begins (p. 548):
And perfor ze lordingis pat louedays wile holde
Loke ze her bope partyes and who hap right or wrong.
Loke pat ze swer truli & trewe tale telle
pat ze dampne not gour soulis & wend vn to helle.
Dd. I. 2.
Dd. 1. 3.
Liber VALORUM OMNIUM BENEFICIORUM ECCLESIASTICORUM In Anglia ET WALLIA,—is the title assigned by Nasmith in his MS. Catalogue, none having been affixed by F. Neve to the volume.
After 6 leaves which contain Tabula Angliæ' and 'Tabula Walliæ’ are 71 leaves, on the last of which (f. 71), is the autograph note ' Scripta per Franciscum Neve olim Collegii divi Johannis Alumnum ['hodie vero hominum miserrimum,' on f. 69] 4° die Martii, 1640.'
At the end, on the inside of the cover, is the following
Memorandum : This booke for the writing wherof the University paid fower pounds unto Francis Neve (as appeares by the Audit booke in Anno 1641) being found in the study of M' John Tabor (as is said) was by his relict given away unto a friend: but being discovered after 20 yeares lying hid, it is now recovered to the University to be kept for publick use, for which it was at first intended. Ita testor Will. Dillingham, August 8th,
Dd. I. 4. A large folio, on parchment, in good preservation, though wanting 4 leaves at the beginning. It formerly contained 234 leaves, written in the xuth century, every page being divided into 2 columns of 39 lines each.
Flavii JosepHI ANTIQUITATES JUDAICÆ. On f. 5, 'de aliis longum est dicere quidem de seth autem conabor narrare tantummodo,' are the two first lines. Though the version is that by Ruffinus and agrees closely with the text printed at Paris, 1535, the division into chapters is diverse, the words above being towards the end of
chapter iv. in the edition, while chapter iv. in the MS. begins with ‘Deus itaque noe quidem iusticiam dilexit. Liber Primus' is divided into xul. capitula. 'Liber secundus' into vil, which are enumerated on f. 186. before *Incipit Liber secundus qui continet tempus annorum du torum et viginti.' And similarly for the others, Lib. III. being divided into xi. Cap., IV. into vi, V. XI, VI. xv, VII. xvi, VIII. xx, IX, XXI, X. XIV, XI. viii, XII. xix, XIII. XXX,
XIV. xxvii. With the XIVth book ends the MS. on f. 234 a, on the other side is ' Explicit Liber quartus decimus.'
The initial letters to the several books are bold and grotesque combina. tions of cherubim men and animals, those to the several chapters are simple in form, and red, blue, green, or purple. At the beginning of the volume are 2 leaves, and at the end 4 (marked 51, 52, 57, 58), fragments of some law treatise, in a hand of the xvth century.
A Legend (TRANSLATIO CORPORIS S. JACOBI MAJORIS IN GALÆCIAM) has been added, the portion on f. 234. b. being in a handwriting of the xinth century, that on f. 235. in imitation of the former. Begins :
Nemo putet quod iste sit iacobus qui cognominatus est Alphei et iustus. qui a phariseis de pinnaculo templi est precipitatus. Ends:
Discipuli autem apostoli ut cognoverunt quod illusi essent a muliere luparia orationes fuderunt ad dominum. Boves quoque per orationes sanctorum et merita iacobi apostoli adquieverunt et veluti iugarios cum mansuetudine illos adduxerunt quocunque voluerunt.
This version of the Legend appears to be the same as that given ‘In MS. Floriacensis Bibliothecæ' quoted by the Bollandists, Acta Sanctorum, de S. Jacobo Majore & iv. (Die xxv. Julii. t. vi. p. 12).
Dd. I. 5. A large folio, on parchment, containing 137 leaves, and 26 lines in a page ; mutilated in the 122nd leaf and at the end. It belongs to the xvth century, and has the initial letters and many of the margins illuminated. PsaLTERIUM DAVIDICUM CUM HYMNIS ECCLESIASTICIS, JUXTA USUM
Hic sequens hymnus (viz. 'Verbum supernum prodiens') dicitur in dominicis per totum adventum.
Dixi tu es spes mea, portio mea in terA CALENDAR is prefixed, which has the obits of kings Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Edward VI, and of a few private persons, noted in different hands in the margin. In the margin of the calendar for October there is the note : *Prima dominica Octobris, dedicacio ecclesie.'
Dd. 1. 6. A large folio, on parchment, of 339 leaves, written in double columns, with from 50 to 56 lines in a column ; apparently of the xıvth century.
BIBLIA SACRA CUM PROLOGIS HIERONYMI. The prologues · Frater Ambrosius' and 'Desiderii mei' are written on the first leaf in a hand much smaller than that of the rest of the book. The last leaf is filled with various prologues to the Gospels.
The books of the Old Testament occur in the following order:
Genesis ....... Esther, Machabæorum 1, 11, Job, Esaias. ....... Daniel, Psalmi....... Ecclus, Osee....... Malachias, Baruch, Lamentatio.
Of the New Testament, this MS. has the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, Apocalypse, Epistle to the Hebrews from chap. iv. ver. 4, to the end, and the Catholic Epistles.
A few short annotations are added here and there in the margin. There are also the following notes of ownership:
1. On the last fly-leaf : ‘Icest Livre est a mestre Nicholas de Cobeham.'
2. On the first fly-leaf: 'O paraclite mentem tergas sorde scatentem. Rector de Adisham et Abyndon juxta Northampton, &c. Anno Domini, 1474.
This owner's name, which was John Parmenter (see the County-Histories of Northamptonshire and Kent, and Somner's Antiquities of Canterbury) is intended to be conveyed in the first syllables of the words 'Paraclite mentem tergas.'
3. On the last leaf of the MS: ‘John Smithe his boke.'
On a fly-leaf at the end of this MS. is a fragment of some French Poem ( Ymage du Monde, by Gautier de Metz). The handwriting belongs to the xiv th century, but only a few lines of the Poem survive.
Dd. I. 7, 8. Two volumes, large folio, on vellum; the former consisting of 177 leaves, the latter of 233. The date of this MS. can hardly be later than the xiith century. It is neatly written in double columns, with about 41 lines in a column. The title given in the first volume is : "AURELII AUGUSTINI DoctoRIS IN Libro PsALMORUM TRAC
TATUS PRIOR incipit.' Vol. I. contains Ps. 1. to Ps. L. Vol. II, contains Ps. Li. to Ps. c, but is imperfect at the end. Begins :
Aurelii Augustini egregii doctoris de psalmo quinquagesimo primo sermo incipit. Psalmus brevis est de quo, &c. Ends :
non est quid mali sentias de illo quia securi sumus et certi At the end of Vol. I. are inserted two short Treatises without titles, in the same handwriting with the rest of the MS.
1. A Commentary on Cant. iv. 6—8, occupying 8 columns. Begins :
Ibo michi ad montem myrre et cetera. Sponsus hic quidam loquitur qui habet sponsam et spondet se visitaturum eam. Nota ergo quod non semper domi est sponsus iste; cavet enim ne forte vilescat amor suus. Ends :
quia quanto magis mundum fugiendo Deo appropinquare incipimus, tanto magis in unum congregamur. Explicit.
2. A Treatise on Retirement and Contemplation, occupying 6 columns. Begins :
Scrutemur scripturas et inveniemus vix unquam deum in multitudine locutum : sed quotiescunque hominibus innotescere voluit non gentibus et populis sed vel singulis, vel admodum paucis, &c. Ends :
quod autem subjungitur conglutinavit eam sibi, hoc est cadaver invenit et amplius ad archam redire noluit.
Dd. 1. 9.
A COLLECTION OF Medical RECIPES. On p. 1 is the recipe (1) entitled 'A temperate Plague Water.' On p. 115 is, ' Here ends Doctor Baits his receipts.' Then follow some recipes ‘for a scurf Head,' and on p. 116 is ‘Finis. 1714.'