Illuminated Manuscript: Leaf with Text from the Office for the Dead

Illuminated Manuscript: Leaf with Text from the Office for the Dead

Description: Beautiful 15th century leaf on vellum with striking gold borders. 15 lines of text on each side written in Latin with brown-black ink in gothic script on vellum. The text is from the Ninth and Tenth Lessons. On recto: 1 double-line illuminated initial in burnished gold and blue. Border along right margin with beautiful red flowers on a bright gold background. On verso: Border along left margin with red-pink flowers on a stunning gold background. France: c. 1475. Size: 136 x 92 mm (approx. 5.4 x 3.6 inches). Light soiling around edges. Fine leaf with large, impressive margins. The text in Latin: On recto: Amplius lava me Domine ab iniustitia mea: et a delicto meo munda me. Ut tu Deus deleas iniquitatem meam. Quare de vulva eduxisti me? Qui utinam consumptus essem, ne oculus me videret. Fuissem quasi non essem, de utero translatus ad tumulum. Numquid non paucitas dierum meorum finietur brevi? On verso: Dimitte me ergo, ut plangam paululum dolorem meum, antequam vadam, et non revertar ad terram tenebrosam, et opertam mortis caligine, terram miseriae, et tenebrarum, ubi umbra mortis, et nullus ordo, sed sempiternus horror inhabitat. Libera me Domine de viis inferni, qui portas aereas confregisti, et visitasti infernum, et dedisti eis lumen? English translation: Recto: Wash me O Lord yet more, from my injustice: and from my sin cleanse me. That thou O God blot out my iniquity. Why didst thou bring me forth out of the matrix? Who, would God, I had been consumed, that eye might not see me, I had been as if I were not, transported from the womb to the grave. Shall not the fewness of my days be ended shortly? Verso: Suffer me therefore, that I may a little lament my sorrow, before I go, and return not unto the dark land, and that is covered with the mist of death, a land of misery, and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no order, but everlasting horror inhabiteth. Deliver me, O Lord, from the ways of hell, which hast broken the brazen gates, and hast visited hell, and hast given light to them...
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