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A poem de Caritate, composed in elegiac couplets, the two verses of each couplet rhyming, 13th cent.-1378

MS. D'Orville 206

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The prologue beg. 'Hoc nomen [sc. Caritas] liber iste loco non continet ullo', for metrical reasons: the text beg. 'Omnipotens eterne Deus patrumque meorum', or 'Omnibus hoc natura dedit quid quisque sequatur | Quid uelit in primis optio cuique datur.'

The writer appears to be a monk, or, as he speaks of a populus sibi subditus, perhaps an abbot or bishop, and invokes the intercession martiris eximij pontificisque Thome, which can only be St. Thomas of Canterbury (d. 1170). Several sections bear titles de superbia, de inuidia etc., and one (fol. 87) 'Perlege de Mortis titulata bono Ciprianum | Auctorem laudans Ambrosiique manum.'

Some 14th cent. medical recipes follow on fol. 101v.

At end, in a later hand, is 'Allo nome de Dio amen. anno Dominj millesimo lxxviij', perhaps A.D. 1378.


  • Creation: 13th cent.-1378


103 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. D'Orville 206

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 6. 17

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 17084

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. D'Orville.

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 × 5 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom