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JACOBUS DE VORAGINE, LENTEN SERMONS
England, s. XIVex
1. ff. 1-132: [Jacobus de Voragine, Lenten Sermons] //derari, primo quantum ad naturam prout scilicet sunt homines ad ymaginem dei facti…ad secundam resurrectionem in gloriam. Ad quam meritis et precibus gloriose virginis matris sue et omnium electorum suorum ipse filius dei nos perducat, qui cum patre et spiritu sancto vivit et regnat per infinita secula regna. Amen. Expliciunt sermones quadragesimales compilati a fratre Iacobo de voragine archiepiscopo Ianuense cuius anime propicietur deus. Qui scripsit carmen sit benedictus amen.
Jacobus de Voragine, Lenten sermons; Schneyer end of 201, 202-292. Kaeppeli, SOPMA 2157.
2. ff. 132v-143v: [Unidentified sermons] Cor contritum et humiliatum deus non despicies. in psalmo. Tale cor deo est acceptum quia huius petit deus proverb. 22. Fili probe michi cor tuum quia sic est de deo…; [f. 134v:] Nemini quicquam debeatis nisi ut invicem diligatis. Rom. 13. Nota quatuor esse debita quatuor indebita spiritualia significanda…; [f. 135:] Prudencia sua percussit superbum. Io. 18. Legitur in speculo historiali quod philippus pater alexandri magni invenit mirabilem equum…; [f. 135v:] Si possides amicum in temptacione posside illum et ne defacili ei credas teipsum eccl. 6. Multi amiciciam divitum querunt…; [f. 136:] Pugnetis adversus naciones que convenerunt dispendere vos. Mach. 3. Tres sunt naciones que nos convenerunt dispendere scilicet mundus, caro et diabolus…; [f. 136v:] Qui vicerit non leditur a morte secunda. Apoc. Refert alexander nequam de naturis rerum quod virgilius in civitate romana palacium construxit…; [f. 137:] Hortamur vos ne in vacuum graciam dei recipiatis. Cor. 6. Ille invanum graciam recipit qui graciam sibi infusam ad effectum producere…; [f. 139:] Scito et vide quid feceris quia amarum et malum est reliquisse te dominum deum tuum. Ier. 2. Cum homo mortaliter peccat deum a se expellit…; [f. 140:] Revelabitur ira dei de celo super omnem pietatem. Ro. Qui se difficile reddit ad opus pietatis exercendum pietatem exceptare non oportet…; [f. 140v, 3 lines only of the sermon here, and in the margin, the note “cave hic”; the complete sermon on f. 151:] Quare moriens dominus israel morietis dicit dominus. Revertimini ad me. Ys. 18.…; [f. 140v:] Quid est hoc. Exod. xiiiio. et prothemate hodierno. Reverendi domini triplici de causa solent homines querere questiones… 3. ff. 143v-144: [14 short Latin verse compositions]: C ter erant mille decies sex unus et ille…[3 lines, with the note “Isti versus inveniunt quod anno domini Mo ccco lxio in festo sancti mauri abbatis fuit ille magnus ventus secundum computacionem ecclesie anglie”; also in HM 37539, f. 154]; Mille ter C xl pestis fuit anno [with note “Nota bene pestilencia”]; Christi millenis C ter decies quater annis…[4 lines on English victory over the French, also in HM 37539, f. 154]; M C ter X penta miserosa ferox violenta…[2 lines on the plague, with note “Maxima mortalitas”]; Mors communis in M ter C pentaptata decem [with note “Magna pestis”]; Ecce flat hoc anno maurus in orbe tonat [with note “Magnus ventus”]; Quatuor ista timor odium dilectio census…[2 lines, with note “Quatuor pervertunt iudicium”; Walther, Initia 15330]; Munus fit iudex fraus est mercator in urbe…[4 lines, Walther, Initia 11487]; Cur me sic fecit, cur me promittit ut errem…[4 lines, with note “Isti sunt 8 modi excusandi falsi et mali ubi patet per raciones oppositas contentas in versibus hic sequentibus]; Cur vis posse gradi, cur spernis terevocantem [4 lines]; Illa reviviscunt que mortificata fuerunt…[2 lines, with note “facta in mortali peccato non valent ad incrementum glorie]; Pressus mortali bene fac ut gracia detur…[2 lines with note “facta in mortali valent ad tria ut patet hic in versibus”]; Cur homo troquetur, ut ei meritum cumuletur, ut Iob…[5 lines, Walther, Initia 3927]; Spes in mundanis quam fallax quam sit inanis…[4 lines]. 4. ff. 144v-151: [Ghost story of Guido de Corvo] Augustinus in libro de fide ad petrum dicit, Miraculum est quicquid arduum vel insolitum…Anno sue incarnacionis mo cccmo xxiiiio xvi die decembris in provincia provincie et in civitate glesti [sic, but later “alesti”] que per xxiiiior leucas distat a vicennia, obiit quidam civis nomine gwido de corvo…Prior autem dicte domus nomine frater Iohannes Goby…Et extunc nichil de spiritu ulterius auditum fuit in illo loco. Unde opinabatur quod residuum penitencie sue complevit in purgatorio communi. Explicit spiritus gwidonis.
B. Hauréau, Notices et extraits (Paris 1890) 2:328-44, portions of the text printed; this manuscript does not correspond to any of the others mentioned as far as dates, places, names. See also G. Schleich, “The Gast of Gy,” Palaestra 1 (1898) i-lxviii and 1-230, especially pp. lv-lxi, a prose Latin version differing from HM 28174, which contains much doctrinal matter omitted in Schleich’s edition. Kaeppeli, SOPMA 2370.
5. ff. 151-184: [Unidentified sermons] [f. 151, the sermon begun on f. 140v:] Quasi moriens dominus israel morietis dicit dominus revertimini ad me. Ys. 18. Nota si homo sit dampnatus imputandum est sibi et non deo…; [f. 153:] Convertimini ad me in toto corde vestro. ioel. Nota quod quatuor requiruntur ad hoc quod peccator convertatur, primum est gracie dei infusio…; [f. 154v:] Diligite iusticiam qui iudicatis terram. Sap. 1. Iusticia est tribuere unicuique quod suum est…; [f. 155:] Lignum vite est hiis qui apprehenderint eam. Prov. 3. Bene dicitur crux ligni. Nam per primam invenitur deus qui ait. Io. Ego sum via…; [f. 155v:] Oculi mei semper ad dominum qui ipse evellet de laqueo pedes meos. In psal. Nota quod dyabolus laqueum peccatorum parat…; [f. 156:] Donec deficiam non recedam ab innocencia mea et quod cepi tenere non deseram. Iob 27. Nota ubi perseverancia non sequitur frustra…; [f. 156v:] Caro concupiscit adversus spiritum et spiritus adversus carnem. Ad gal. 5. Augustinus. caro dicitur concupiscere quia hoc secundum ipsam agit animam…; [f. 156v:] De propiciatu peccatorum noli esse sine metu neque adicias peccatum super peccatum et ne dixeris miseracio domini est magna, multitudinis peccatorum meorum miserebitur. Eccl. 5. Nemo propter misericordiam dei peccandi audaciam prestet…; [f. 157:] Rectorem te posuerunt, noli extolli esto in illis quasi unus ex ipsis. eccl. 23. Nota quod ille qui regit tineri debeat et amari…; [f. 157:] Posce sapienciam que melior est auro. Sepe contingit quod homo spiritualiter ad mortem tendit ut patet eccl. 8. multos perdit aurum sed sapiencia ab illa infirmitate liberat et ad vitam eternam reducit…; [f. 161v:] Egredietur dominus de loco sancto suo ut visitet iniquitatem habitatorum terre. Ys. 28. Audiant hic falsi advocati. Numquid istum decipient…; [f. 163v:] Nolite detrahere alterutrum fratres mei, qui detrahit fratri aut qui iudicat fratrem suum detrahit legi et iudicat legem. Iacob. 4. Est de detractore sicut de sanguissuga que insidiatur omnibus venientibus…; [f. 165:] Loquere que ad sanam decent doctrinam. Ad thi. 1. Timere debent et precipue religiosi ne loquuntur nisi de necessariis et utilibus. Ro. 15. Non enim audeo loqui aliquid eorum…; [f. 165v:] Omnes qui credebant erant pariter et habebant omnia communia. Act. 2. Ubi legitur quod conversis ad fidem quod erant in vinculo caritatis…; [f. 166v:] Nescis quia miser es et miserabilis. Ap. 3. Si nescis homo miseriam tuam vide principium tuum, medium et finem et invenies quia plenus es miseriis. Iob. Homo natus de muliere…; [f. 167v:] Prepara animam tuam ad temptacionem. Ecc. 2. Tres sunt spirituales hostes qui nos temptant quorum sunt temptaciones diverse et ideo diversitudo…; [f. 169:] Non simus inanis glorie cupidi. Galath. 6. Advertite karissimi quod viciosus est ventus vane glorie quia sua malicia fructum bonorum operum avellit…; [f. 169v:] Recordare domine quid acciderit nobis intuere et respice obprobrium nostrum hereditas nostra versa est ad alienos. Tren. ult. Hec vox generis humani per diabolum a regno celesti fuit exhereditater…; [f. 170:] Dedisti metuentibus te significacionem ut fugiant a facie archus. Ps. Hic signans tribulaciones temporales quibus figuratur homini ut fugiat a facie archus…; [f. 171v:] Panis quem ego dabo caro mea est pro mundi vita. Io. 28. Sciendum est quod panis triticeus fit de grano frumenti et ut de grano isto loquor qualiter ex eo fit panis de quo conficitur corpus christi…; [f. 174v:] Veniet finis universe terre id est tota affeccio quam habent homines ad prima temporalia finem capienti. Est enim duplex dilectio scilicet dei et mundi que simul stare in homine non potest. Io. 2. Si quis diliget mundum…; [f. 179:] Qui sine uxore est solicitus est quomodo placeat deo. Cor. 7. Nemo ita bene ad negocium spirituale peragendis disponitur nec ad verum iudicium exequendum…; [f. 179v:] Turris fortissima nomen domini ad ipsam currit iustus et exaltabitur. Prov. 18. Solent homines ad tuta loca currere propter duo scilicet propter municionem loci ut est in castris…; [f. 180v:] Speciose et delicate assimilavi filiam syon. Ie. 6. Fertur quendam fuisse imperatorem et habuisse filiam tenerime nutritam. Que sui iuris effecta, eo contempto secuta est raptorem…; [f. 182:] Particula bone diei [sic] non te pertranseat [sic]. Ecc. 14. Nota quod dies quo mortuus est salvator noster pro peccatis nostris ex quadam prerogativa bona dies vocatur…
Parchment, ff. i (former pastedown) + 184 + i (former pastedown); 280 × 195 (197 × 120) mm. 1-148 158(+ a half leaf added between 7 and 8, f. 120) 16-228 238(8 was the pastedown). Catchwords written horizontally across the inner bounding line, often in a red-touched frame; quire and leaf signatures consist of letters and roman numerals. The first quire, lettered “a,” is missing. Quires 5-8 use a double system, the quire being shown by both a letter and progressive arabic numeral, the leaves by the usual roman numeral (f1 i, f1 ii…, g2…, h3…, i4…). 37 long lines ruled in lead, with the 2 top and bottom horizontal lines extended the width of the bifolium; pricking visible in the 3 outer margins. Written in an anglicana formata script. Initials, 2-line in blue with red penwork; alternating red and blue paragraph marks; red used for slashed initials within the text, underlining, and framing marginalia. Descenders of the bottom line usually extended with flourishes. Marginalia, as text-finders, in the hand of the scribe; manicules sometimes decorated in red (e.g. ff. 132v, 138). Marked “corrected” in the center lower margin, not only quire by quire, but often on successive folios (e.g. 96-100 with quire ending at 96v). Bound, s. XV, in whittawed leather over bevelled wooden boards, sewn on double bands, which are attached differently to the front and back covers: on the front cover, the 2 top and 2 middle bands brought together and pegged in a single hole per pair, and the 5th band pulled straight; on the back cover, the double bands are separated, pulled away from the book at an angle and pegged into the same hole as the adjacent half-band, forming a continuous zig-zag pattern. Two red leather fore edge straps closing to small brass eyes on the edge of the back cover; part of one strap and one eye survive. Spine crudely strengthened with a piece of brown leather (the same repair on the binding of HM 36337, also a Tollemache book). Written in England at the end of the fourteenth century; possibly of monastic origin. On f. 184v, notes in an early sixteenth century hand: “Sciant presentes et futury quod ego Iohannes Wodedale” and “Willelmus Sponar possessor huius libri est. Si quis furetur cito per collum pendetur.” On the back flyleaf: “feria 4ta xii d; feria 5ta vi d; feria sexta xvi d.” A price, s. XVI, “1l 8s,” on f. i verso identified in the Sotheby catalogue (see below) as in the same hand as a similar note in lot 1, that book being a collection of sermons from a monastic house in eastern England, s. XIImed. Belonged to the Tollemache family of Helmingham Hall, Suffolk, who began collecting around the turn of the seventeenth century. For a brief history of the Tollemache collection, see Sotheby catalogue, 14 June 1965, iii-viii. N. 56 in the old Helmingham catalogue; small paper label on the inner front cover reads “L.J.III. (corrected to “V”) 2.,” presumably the shelf mark in the Tollemache library.
Tollemache sale, Sotheby’s, 14 June 1965, lot 17 to Maggs for the Huntington Library.
Bibliography: Chronica, 6. Aspects of Medieval England, n. 31, open at f. 144v.
Abbreviations
Aspects of Medieval England
Aspects of Medieval England: Manuscripts for Research in the Huntington Library, an Exhibition prepared for the Medieval Academy of America, 14 April 1972 [San Marino 1972]
Hauréau, Notices et extraits
B. Hauréau, Notices et extraits de quelques manuscrits latins de la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris 1890-93)
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )
Schneyer
J. B. Schneyer, Repertorium der lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters für die Zeit von 1150-1350. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Theologie des Mittelalters 43 (Münster 1969-80)
Walther, Initia
H. Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum medii aevi posterioris latinorum. Carmina medii aevi posterioris latina 1 (Göttingen 1959)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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