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t. pp. 77–84. 'A letter sent by a friend to Sir Tho. Hedley, K. Sergeant-at-law, containing a relation of the reported Nunnery, at Gidding in Huntingdonshire.' See the Appendix to Nicholas Farrer, edited by J. E. B. Mayor. 8vo. 1855.

In the former part of the volume, on pp. 74, 75, 77–80, 83, 87, 100, 375–6, and at either end, on waste leaves, are ground-plans and elevations of large houses in the form of a quadrangle.

Also, one end, is the shield of an esquire, having on a field a cross chequy, with the motto “Sic itur ad astra. On that at the other end is a chevron ermine between 3 lion's-paws erased, with the motto 'ardo (sic) y adoro :' beside it is a medallion containing a crest between the letters G.W. and with the legend ' Vincenti dabitur.'


Dd. xi. 74.
An octavo, on paper, of the xvith century. The writing is
nearly uniform throughout. The pages are numbered to p. 242,
the total number being 357, except 43 lost at the beginning.

Begins :

Wythe thys medysyn a frenche man heled it...
Ends :

...and ther with all washe yo' iyes.
The names of the persons who gave them to the compiler are noted in
the margin.

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An octavo, on paper, of 88 leaves, of which many are blank.
The date 1566 is written on the first

It seems to have been commenced by 'Jeames Oxforde,’ 1566.
Begins :

A sement that neyther fier nor water shall dissolve...
Ends with some charms, &c., for the 'thoeth ake'... coquantur in aceto et fiat gargarisma.


Dd. XI. 76. A small paper book, in quarto, bound up with the preceding, and containing

pp. 1–3. The dedication, signed “Olyver Pigge,' to Sir Francis Drake.

pp. 4–17.

· Meditations concerning prayers to Almighti God for the safetie of England when the Spanierds were come into the Narrow Seas. August, 1588.'

pp. 19–37. • Meditations concerning thanckes to Almighti God for delivering England from the crueltie of the Spanierds and for their marveilose confusione and overthrowe, 1588.'

pp. 39–47. Part of a letter sent to a Christian knighte employed in the service of her Majestie, in the Lowe Countries, 1585, conteyning som comforts and instructions towching that action."

The above titles are also comprised in the title-page, with two texts from the Psalms. There is a volume of 'Prayers by Oliver Pigge, when the Spaniards, &c.' London, 1589. 16mo.


Dd. XI. 77.
A paper book, in quarto, of 503 pages, fairly written, besides a
Table at the end, and the Title.

· Certain choice Chapters out of the Ten following Books to the former Treasury of antient and modern times : being part of the learned collections, judicious Readings and memorable observations, not only divine, morall, and philosophicall, but also poeticall, martiall, politicall, historicall, astrologicall, &c. translated out of that worthy Spanish gentleman Pedro Mexia and Mr Francis Sansovino that famous Italian ; as also of those honorable Frenchmen Anthony du Verdier lord of Vauprivaz, Loys Guyon sieur de la Manche, counsellor unto the king, Claudius Gruget, Parisian, &c. collected by Thomas Lane.'


Dd. XI. 78. A small quarto, on vellum, 238 leaves, about 26 lines in each page, in a good state of preservation, handwriting not uniform, but ascribable to the with century. In Nasmith's Catalogue it is described as Liber Monasterii S. Albani.'

A COLLECTION OF Poetry, chiefly on sacred subjects and in Latin.

1. 'De vita et passione beati Thome Cantuariensis archiepiscopi.

Begins (excluding Proemium,' fol. 1 b):

Impugnare Dei sponsam non desinit hostis. 2. De translatione beati Thome martyris.' Begins (fol. 25 a):

Sub modio lumen, census sub clave sepultus. To this poem are appended (fol. 29) some remarks on Latin grammar.

3. “De quibusdam Reuelationibus post Martirum beati Thome martiris.' Begins (fol. 30 a):

Ecclesie matris in planctum vertitur omnis. 4. •De quodam Hamone.' Begins (fol. 31 a, col. 2):

Olim piscator hominum quasi piscis ab hamo. 5. •De electione cujusdam de qua in fine defuit consensus.' Begins (fol. 31 b, col. 1):

Labitur ex facili quicquid natura, sophia. 6. Querimonia de Priore Cantuariensi, eo quod non favora. bilem se prebuit carmini suo.' Begins (fol. 31 b, col. 2):

Sepe quiescentem iuuit meminisse laborum. 7. 'Ad imperatorem Fredericum cujus commendat prudenciam.' Begins (fol. 32 a, col. 1):

Coram principibus nisi multis ceca favorem. This and the two following pieces were addressed to the anti-papal emperor Frederic II. who died 1250.

8. "Captat et probat dominum Fredericum fore sibi placabilem.' Begins (fol 32 b, col. 2):

Principis ut summi sinat excellencia dicam. 9. •Item ad Fredericum Imperatorem quedam persuasio.' Begins (fol. 33 b, col. 1):

Nequam tua gesta vacant, О maxime rerum. 10. A treatise in verse on the quantity of Latin syllables : the handwriting different, title wanting. Begins (fol. 35 6):

Quinque uocales sunt a prior eque secunda. Ends (fol. 37 b):

Invenies aliqua Grocorum nomina longa


Versus magistri H[enrici] Abrincensis de Corona spinea, de cruce et ferro lancee, quibus rex Ludovicus Franciam insignivit. Begins (f. 38):

Creuit in immensum crucis exaltatio, fines. Ends (f. 44 b):

Sancto maiestas et gloria nunc et in euum. Amen. The author of this piece, and probably of many others in the volume, was Henry of Avranches, the 'archipoeta' or poet-laureate (1245—1264) of Henry III. of England : see Warton, 1. 45, 46, ed. 1840, and a letter from Baron de Perche, date May 21, 1846, appended to the present MS.: cf. below, $$ 28, 30, 43.

12. A poem (without title) in praise of the Blessed Virgin (Les ix joies Nostre-Dame). Begins (fol. 45):

Reine de piete Marie

En ki deitez pure e clere. Ends (fol. 46 b):

Of les nefs ordres mansiun

Doint il en cele haute iglise. The author of this poem was Rutebeuf, a French Trouveur, who died in 1310. It is printed with numerous variations in the Euvres complètes de Rutebeuf, 11. 9 sq.

13. Predicatio beati Andree apostoli pendentis in cruce ad philosophos Achaie, in qua probatur unum esse principium, i.e. unum Deum et non plures esse deos.' Begins (fol. 47):

Humane menti cum naturaliter insit. Ends (fol. 50 b):

Fecit et architipo tribuit quod sensilis esset. 14. Prophecia sancte Hyldegardis de novis Fratribus.' Begins, (fol. 51):

Ecclesie dicit pastoribus Is qui erat et qui est. Ends (fol. 57 b):

Cismatis hanc medio subtraxi tempore Respecting the abbess Hildegard and her works see Neander, Ch. Hist. vii. 300 sq. Bohn's ed.

15. · Libellus Donati [the Roman Grammarian] metrici compositus de Nomine,' etc.

Begins (fol. 58):

Integra conficitur oratio partibus octo. Ends (fol. 60 b):

Ut pape, tristis ut heu, seu quod conforme sit istis. 16. Vita sancti Guthlaci confessoris.' Begins (fol. 61):

Omnimodos quanta uirtute subegerit hostes. Ends (fol. 92 a):

Et uirtus et nunc et semper quod omne per euum. The poem is dedicated to ‘H. de Longo Campo abbatem Croylandi' (1191–1236). Its author may have been William of Ramsey, who flourished about that period: see Bale, De Scriptor. Britan. Cent. 11. § ix. : Monasticon Anglicanum, new ed. 11. 101.

17. "De translatione veteris ecclesiæ Saresburensis et constructione novæ.' Begins (fol. 92 b):

Ecclesiam cur transtulerit Salisburiensem

Presul Ricardus insinuare uolo. Ends (fol. 96 a) :

Presulis affectus artificiumque fides : The date of this translation was 1220_1258, so that a marginal note, ascribing the authorship of the poem to William of Ramsey is inaccurate. Tanner (Bibliotheca, p. 363) conjectures that it was written by Henry of Avranches : cf. above, § 11.

18. • Versus de allegationibus et responsionibus habitis inter Innocentium papam et Romanos, vnde Oto imperator et Frethericus ad invicem litigabant.' Begins (fol. 96b):

Sancte Pater tua Roma tibi depono querelam. Ends (fol. 104 b):

Ut deponamus, et restituamus Otonem. Otho IV. was excommunicated by Innocent III. in 1211, and succeeded by Frederic II. The author of the poem took the side of Otho and was a fearless censor of the pope.

19. Vita S. Fredemundi regis et martyris.' Begins (fol. 105):

Anglorum rex Ofa fuit, regina Botilla. Ends (fol. 113 b):

Sit laus et uirtus et honor per secula cuncta. Amen. This 'Life’ is also ascribed to Wm. of Ramsey by a marginal annotator of recent date: cf. Wright's Biogr. Brit. Liter. 11. 424.

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