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IN presenting the Second Volume of the York Breviary to our
At the close of this Preface will be found a new Table of
Of the five Appendices added at the end of this Volume, the
The fifth Appendix contains what we believe is a very valuable
This office, prepared for the Commemoration of Richard (Rolle) the
1 Cui cum maximas gratias agam,
by Cardinal Thomasius of Herman Shenk,
2 English Prose Works of R. de Ham-
is formed from three MS. copies, of which no single one is perfect, and no other is known to exist. The knowledge of two of these is due to Mr. H. Bradshaw.
I. The Lincoln MS. is one of the treasures in the library belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.
The volume consists of two MSS. bound together.
The first part, beautifully written by John Wodeburgh, contains:—
(i.) Legenda de vita sci Ricardi de Hampole, similiter cum ē [cetero] proprio officio.
(ii.) Item libellus ejusdem sci Ricardi de amore Dei contra amatores mundi.
(iii.) Item libellus seu tractatus ejusdem super lectiones defunctorum. (iiii.) Item tractatus ejusdem super Psalmum Dñe in virtute tua letabitur rex.
This volume has lost one or perhaps two entire leaves, and the lower portion of another leaf: both of these lacunæ are in No. 1., which is this Office of Richard the hermit. Otherwise John Wodeburgh's volume was perfect and legible until a few years ago, when, in an attempt to transcribe a portion of it for the E. E. T. S. (No. 20), the first leaf entirely, and words in other places, were blackened by misuse of chemicals.
The portion of Hampole's Office containing the Vespers is taken from that very imperfect copy-compared as far as possible with the MS., and corrected and gaps supplied from the Cotton MS. This MS. is referred to as L.
The second part, or full half of the present volume of the Lincoln MS. contains Richard's treatise Melos Amoris.' A leaf is wanting at the beginning. The MS. is written in a very different hand; it is in double columns, and extends to 110 leaves.
II. The MS. in the Bodleian Library (e Mus. 193) has this Office bound up with other matter. It has lost its first leaves, which probably contained the Vespers; as the present fol. I commences with the first Psalm of Completorium. The Psalms are written at full length in all the Offices and the Antiphons are written as they were to be said or sungi.e., the opening words before the Psalm, and the whole Antiphon after the Psalm.
This MS. does not contain the long addition to Lect. viii., and it has not the ferial Antiphons and Responsories at the end of the ferial Lections; but it has the Service of Compline at full length, which is not mentioned in the Lincoln MS. This is referred to as B.
III. The MS. in the British Museum (Cotton. Tiberius A. xv.) is in one of the scorched volumes. This Office is in the latter part of the volume. It supplies words or portions where the Lincoln MS. is spoiled.
It has the long Lection (in L., and in this transcript, written as continuation of Lectio viii.), but places it after the Propria of the Mass: suggesting the supposition that it was intended to be read as a Lectio ad Primam in Capitulo. This MS. is referred to as C.
The Indexes will explain themselves. We believe that such an attempt has never before been made; but of its value we are thoroughly convinced. By the comparison between different Breviaries which such long lists facilitate, we may in time get to some clearer knowledge of the families of these service-books. And if in even the smallest degree we have contributed to such an object, our drudgery will not have been in vain. The Index of Versicles contains such as are said after each Nocturn, the Versiculi Sacerdotis, those said after the Hymns, and those used in the Memorie. Sometimes a Versicle which is not in this Index will be referred to by catchwords. Under such circumstances it will be found either among the Anthems or Responsories. Sometimes also an Anthem or Responsory is used as a Capitulum.