The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.2.53
  • Manuscript Title: A Note Book
  • Alternative Title:   Miscellaneous Verses
  • James Number: 1157  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xv.
  • Physical Description: Varying number of lines to a page. Clearly written.
  • Provenance: 
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. C. 69. No. 201.
  • Size (cms): 21.5 x 14.5
  • Support: Paper
  • Language: Middle English; Latin
  • Century: 15th century
  • Folio: 74 ff.
  • Collation: 
  • Notes:    f.28 half page, f.59 cut across middle, f.61 only upper third remains, f.62 top half cut off, f.63 top half cut off, f.71 bottom quarter cut off, f.74 right half cut off.
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  • f.1 Miscellaneous verses

    1. Aue color vini clari}
    Dulcis potus non amari } digneris potencia.
    Tua nos inebriari }
    (Five stanzas.)

    2. Preterit una dies nescitur origo secundi
    An labor an requies sic transit gloria mundi.

    3. Nullus in hoc meason dicat quicquam nisi reason
    Nam iudex vendra qui cunctis premia rendra.

    4. Nomina sanctorum sunt hec tibi vigiliarum.
    (4 lines.)

    5. f.1b Receipts (3) in English

    6. f.2 Incipit inuentum quod fert prouerbia centum
    Ars est arbor amarissima.
    Ends f.20a:
    Viri mites dirimunt lites.
    Late receipts on f.20b.

    7. f.21 Hic inc. parabole sancti Odonis de Ceritonia ad honorem et laudem ipsius qui est alpha et O.
    Quoniam ut dicit Gregorius.
    Ending untinished in the section which begins
    Cuculus quandoque ponit ouum.

    8. f.23b Hit was an holy man and that besought god to send hym grace hym to teche suche vertues for to vse that myght best to lyfe and to soule. And he was answered thus
    1. Ȝeve thyne hert to me and a peny to the pore etc.
    The 9th and last:
    9. Loue me for me etc.

    9. f.24 Who so woll be wise in purchasyng
    Considre the poyntes that be folowyng
    (20 lines.)

    10. f.24b Hec in Ciuitate Gevennarum in Ecclesia predicatorum super picturam Judicij
    Iudicabis iudices Judex generalis
    His nichil proderit dignitas papalis.
    (12 lines.)
    Added in a later hand:
    God safe Kyng Hare whare hefer lie go or ryde sent gorge be hys forman hovre blyssyd lady be hys gyde. God and hovre blyssyd lady safe and kepe Rowland and Mare.

    11. f.25 Omnes isti versus scribuntur super Diuersa hostia cellarum in Claustro domus Cartusien: London
    Bis duo sunt que mestificant me nocte dieque
    En moriar sed ubi vel quomodo nescio quando.
    There are 25 sets (mostly couplets) in alphabetical order.
    On f.26b are erased accounts.

    12. Tempore R. E. IIIIti made by prestes agenst Galantes.
    This prowde Galantes thriftles (5 lines).
    An Answere to ye same by the Galantes.
    Ye pop holy pristes full of presumcion (14 lines).
    All other to amend and bryng pese to this land.
    f.27b Legitur de S. Edmundo Cantuar. Archiep.
    Super quoddam nobile.
    Instances of S. Edmund's charity.
    f.28 Articuli versus Henr. standissh patrem minorem ac sacre theologie doctorem per Clerum Angl.
    Four articles remain: half the leaf is cut off.
    f.28b Two distichs on the word stratilates
    f.29 A statement beginning in the form of an indenture, that Robart Wryght swore falsely against his master, Robart Geyton: other names occur
    f.29b Birth of Prince Edward son of Edward IV. 2 Dec. 1470
    Four lines
    There is no man so myghty but som man may him dere.
    Remedy for burns.
    f.30 Form of indenture for apprentice
    John Gare of St Mary Cray, Walter Ryse of Wymelton (Kent) etc. are mentioned.
    f.30b Obligacio. Bromley, Kent
    f.31 Condicio
    Relaxatio feoffatorum et alium feoffatum.
    Robert Sybbyng: Orpington in Kent.
    f.31b Another formula: John Abell of Lesnes
    Receipt for sick oxen (?).
    f.32 Carta cum littera attornatoria (Orpington)
    f.32b Ho thou man remember thys tbat on the hangyth daly thys dessesys that here folowyth
    A list of diseases, ending
    than es(?) deth and prochythe the nere and nere
    remember man what hoffer thy hed hangyth here.
    f.33 De Jure Regis Anglie in Scocia
    Vt repertum est in Cronicis Mariani Scotti. Willi de Malmesbury etc.
    On f.35b English begins.
    f.36b Births of Rob. Ramston etc., 11 Dec. 17 Hen. 8
    f.37 De Ponte Glouc.
    Qualiter pons Glouc. sumpserit inicium sic scribit vera narracio (A.d. 1119).
    f.38b De Homagio regum Scocie regibus Anglie
    f.39b Littera Soldani de Surrey ad Reg. Henricum VI.
    In English.
    f.40 Responcio Regis Angli
    f.40b Nota de Rapina
    Benedictus octauus nacione tusculanus.
    f.41 A prophecy
    When (6) is the best cast of the dyse
    and (l) berith up (6) then ynglond ys paradise.
    f.41b Dispensation by Cardinal Wolsey concerning Lent (lined through).
    f.42 Compotus iste diuiditur in sex partes
    f.42b Receipts
    f.43 De Guerra Baronum
    (See Wright, Court hand restored.)
    Tempore Edwardi Regis de Carnarvon a. d. MCCCXJo.
    The last event is the outlawry of the Despencers (1320).
    f.44b Receipts
    f.45 Thies be som of the verseys about the Tumbe of kyng. Ric. the secunde which lieth at Westm. beside seynt Edwardes shryne
    Prudens et mundus Ricardus iure secundus.
    (6 lines.)
    f.45 Thies verses to be wreten on a tabyll hangynge at the Tumbe of Symon Langham sumtyme Abbot of Westm. in Westm.
    Simon de langham sub petris hiis tumulatus.
    (9 lines.)
    f.45b A letter
    Ryght truste and well beloued ffather and mother I hertely recomende me vnto you praying you to send me your dayly blessyng. Father the cause of my wrytyng vnto you at thys tyme is praying you to send me your dayly blessyng and for to send me sum bokes For to lern of in the skole For I lake bokes to contenew my lernyng at thys tyme and I haue them not shortely I shall Forget moche lernyng
    [Under the letter is line of verse:
    My love she morns for me for me my love she morns for me.]
    f.45b Verses on tithes (12)
    f.46 Births of Ramstons (temp. Hen. VIII.)
    f.46b Receipts
    f.48 The Fest at the Mariage of E. W. and M. F. the sonday next after dominica in albis
    (The bill of fare for two courses.)
    f.48b Note of a capture of French ships (4 Hen. VII.)
    f.49 Account of the christening of Prince Arthur (son of Hen. VII.)
    f.53 This devoute prayer made the quenes grace Elizabeth late the wyfe of oure souereyne the kyng, kyng Herry the vijth at Wodestok the xxviith day of Nouember the xvith yere of our seid souereigne lord and the yere of oure lord god MD.
    Ihesu welcome my maker.
    f.54 Munde vale tibi re fugiebas dum sequerer te (4 lines)
    f.54 Receipts
    f.55 Come ouer the borne besse (begun on f.55b and erased)
    The borne is this word blynde}
    And besse ys man kynde } as she.
    So praty can noon fynde. }
    She dauncyth she lepyth }
    And Crist stondyth and clepith. } Come ouer.
    (12 stanzas.)
    f.57 When all ys don and all ys sayd
    God must be known seruyd and obeide.
    (12 stanzas.)
    f.58b Receipts
    f.60 Deferencia
    Silua tenet leporem sapientia lingua leporem (10 lines).
    Enforce thy wyttes for to lere (4 lines).
    The 'style' of Cardinal Wolsey.
    f.60b Extract from Bernard ad Eugenium
    From a Homiliary.
    f.61 Si tu tempteris vel demonis arte moveris (5 lines)
    Most of this leaf cut off, and one or more gone after it.
    f.62 Receipts: fragments of leaves
    Intermingled with verses, note of payment (32 Hen. VIII.) etc.
    f.65 Petri Carmeliani scribe Angli Carmen Responsum
    Conueniunt gallos crebris conuentibus angli
    Et pacem iusta condicione petunt.
    (22 lines.)
    He was a poeta laureatus, Italian by birth: he resigned a prebend in St Paul's in 1526. Some of his poems were printed by Pynson. See Tanner.
    f.65b Gaguinus orator gallus contra angles (11 lines).
    Ad Regem Anglie (14 lines).
    Egidius Angl. contra prefatum gallum (11 lines).
    Rex anglie ad gallum (5 lines).
    f.66 To St Katherine
    Ad loca stellata duo nos katerina beata (6 lines).
    How darest thou swere or be so bold also (7 lines).
    Veni creator spiritus.
    f.66b Septem etates (as in Peterhouse MS.)
    On baldness.
    Hi iiijor magni fuerant in vertice calui
    Julius et paulus heleseus et ipse Johannes.
    (5 lines.)
    f.67 Farewell this world I take my leve for euer
    I am arested to apere at goddes face
    (3 and a half stanzas.)
    De S. Katerina.
    f.67b Disputando vicit virgo quinquaginta Retores
    (8 lines.)
    Hymn. Eterne Rex altissime.
    f.68 Part of a long prayer in English, beginning abruptly:
    Sodenly for ther defaute and spared me and forborn me.
    f.69 O man unkynde
    Haue thow yn mynde
    My passion smert
    Thow shalt me fynde
    To the full kynde
    Lo here my hert.
    f.69b On moderation (?)
    To auenturous to amerous ne anger the not to moche.
    f.70 The ills wrought by woman (from Chrysostom)
    Seven English lines on the Passion.
    Thow gracious lord graunt me memory.
    f.70b Prayer. Saluator mundi saluum me fac
    O nuda humanitas etc. (4 lines).
    Note of indulgence.
    f.71 To set a harpe. factus per J. Stowell
    f.71b Notes of Records (Oxford and London)
    f.72 Two sets of verses (4 each) called Vulgus
    Etas ridetur. mulier pulsatur amore.
    Other verses e.g.
    dum dolor est pragma (gloss plee) mea dragma(gloss peny) fit inde malagma(gloss plaster)
    sit tibi sintagma multum valet inde caragma(gloss print of ye peny).
    Also: When thyn heed shaketh. Memento, etc.
    f.72b Verses and notes of leap-year, quarter days, etc.
    Note of Records of Edward I.
    f.73 Verses, e.g.
    Sunt tria que vere faciunt me sepe dolere.
    (8 lines.)
    Non homo leteris tibi copia si fluat eris.
    (4 lines.)
    The Psalter of Ihesu is to sey ouer the first pater noster thies werdys folowyng
    Ihesu mercy and graunt mercy.
    (4 lines.)
    f.73b What helpith it man to be unstable
    (7 lines.)
    Si tibi pulcra domus et splendida mensa . quid inde.
    (5 lines.)
    Quondam res habui necnon et amicum.
    (6 lines.)
    Dum mea bursa sonat populus me laude coronat.
    (5 lines.)
    The R. half of f.74 is torn off.
    f.74 Clara dies pauli bona tempora
    (4 lines.)
    Lex iuris moritur fraus regnat.
    (3 lines.)
    Whoso hym by thowght...
    Howe harde it is to flytte...
    (4 lines.)
    With wrong or noy yef...
    Or fortune hath geven ye a...
    Yet trust in god to be relev...
    (8 lines.)
    On f.74b are the ends of 3 sets of verses, the last English (10 lines), the others Latin (11 lines in all).


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