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Collection of four Latin items, Written in the 11th and 12th century

MS. Bodl. 38
Held at the Weston Library

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4 MSS., A-D:

A. 1. Fol. 1. Maximiani Elegiae.

2. Fol. 13. Four Latin poems: beg.

  1. 'Premia tot forme', 20 elegiac lines
  2. 'Lux oculis lux bbanda', 18 elegiac lines
  3. 'Quisquis ad excelsi', 23 hexameters
  4. 'Quod micat ornatum', 36 elegiac lines, but vv. 2-36 are on a later leaf in the hand of Petrus Daniel, who adds collations of the other poems with a different MS

B. 11th cent.:

  1. Fol. 16. Antiphons (?) with musical notes
  2. Fol. 19v. Instructions to the monk who woke the brethren in some monastery, showing at different seasons what stars were shining in certain windows of the great dormitory at the proper time for ringing the bell: beg. 'In Natale Domini cum Geminos quasi super dormitorium iacentes uideris et signum Orionis super Capellam Omnium Sanctorum.'
  3. Fol. 24. 'Versus de Albuino', a kind of fish: beg. 'Veni frater albuine.'
  4. Fol. 25. A form of Exorcization to be used at Prime, in Latin

C. 11th cent.:

  1. Fol. 30. 'Anicii Manlii Seuerini Boetii ... Philosophie consolationis ...' libri duo, the poetical parts only, wanting I. 3. 9 (Emicat)--II. 2. 5 (retrahat manum), some leaves being lost
  2. Fol. 56v. A rhythmical Latin poem of 25 lines, beg. 'Foebus abierat subtractis cursibus.'

D. 11th cent.:

  1. Fol. 58. The 'Psychomachia' of Prudentius, wanting vv. 56, 88-89, 120-247, and mutilated in vv. 57-87, 90-117
  2. Fol. 71v. A Latin poem of 30 hexameters, beg. 'O Dee cunctiparens.'
  3. Fol. 72 contains a leaf of arithmetical computation (11th cent.)


  • Creation: Written in the 11th and 12th century


74 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Bodl. 38

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. III, no. 8849

Custodial History

'Petri Danielis Aurel.' (d. 1603): owned also by Nicolas Heinsius (d. 1681) in the sale catalogue of whose books (tom. ii. p. 121) this MS. appears as no. 5. It is known that Daniel obtained many MSS. from the abbey of S. Benoit-sur-Loire or Fleury: so it is possible that art. 4 above may be found to connect the MS. with that abbey.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in old parchment binding


4 1/2 × 3 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom