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PRIMA? AETAS MUNDI . A. Prima etas mundi . Ab Adám usque ad Noé fuerunt anni . III. DC LXXVI. Her onginð ymbe þyses middangeardes ylde hpæt pæs fram Adame 08 Noé. þæt is bonne preo pusend pintra 7 syx hund 7 six 7 hund 5 seofantig pintra .

B. Secunda a Noé . usque ad Abraham fuerunt anni . CCC. XCVII. ponne pæs seo oder yld from Noé 08 Abraham . þæt is bonne preo hund pintra 7 seofan 7 hund nygan tig pintra.

10 C. Tertia ab Abraham usque ad Moysen . fuerunt anni DCCCCLXX. Ponne pas seo þridde yld fram Abrahame 08 Moyses . bæt is bonne nygan hund

pintra . 7 hund seofantig pintra. P. 56.] D. Quarta etas a Moyse usque ad David fuerunt 15

anni . CCCCXCIII. usque in transmigrationem Babylonis . ponne pæs seo feorde yld fram Moyse og Dauid . þæt is bonne feoper hund pintra . 7 preo 7 hund nygantig pintra. þære forð ge pitenesse þære micclan burge Babilonię .

E. Quinta ętas mundi fuit a Dauid usque ad Christum 20 fuerunt anni. DLXXXVIIII. ponne pas seo fifte yld fram

1 This list of the ''Ages of the World" may be compared with the following corresponding list in the little Newminster MS., Cotton, Titus D. xxvi, f. 3, of almost contemporary date :-

A principio usque ad diluvium anni mille sexcenti . lvi.
A diluvio usque ad Abraham anni . ccxcv. et fiant simul anni duarum

ætatum mille . dccccxlviii.
Ab Abraham usque ad David anni dccccxlii . et fiunt simul anni trium

aetatum duo milia . dcccxc.
A David usque ad Circum (? Cyrum) anni . ccclxxxiii . & fiunt simul

anni . iijor aetatum simul tria milia . A Ciro usque ad nativitatem domini anni . dlxxx. & fiunt simul anni.

v. aetatum . jjjjor, milia dcccclii. A nativitate domini usque adventum antechristi anni. dccccxcx.

The computation seems to vary according to individual caprice. It was a favourite theme with the mediæval writers, and many examples might be quoted. The whole idea rests, of course, upon Beda's treatise, entitled “Chronicon sive de sex hujus seculi aetatibus." See Smith's edit., p. 1. But neither the computations of the Hyde Register nor of this Cotton MS. agree with those of Beda.

1. annorum ,

Dauide o8 Crist. þæt is ponne fif hund pintra . 7 nygan 7 hund eahtatig pintra.

F. Sexta ' aetas a natiuatate domini preteritum mundi . I. pintra . &. XXXI. ponne is seo syste yld fram Cristes acennednesse agán an pusend pintra 7 5 án and þrittig - - pintrak.

G. Ab initio mundi usque in nativitate Christi fuerunt anni . VI. C. XXV. & menses . VIIII. ponne fram middangeardes fruman of Cristes acennednesse synd syx pusend pintra . ; fif 7 tpentig 7 an hundpintra 10 7 nygan mondas.

H. Ab origine mundi usque in passionem domini

fuerunt anni . VI CL . VIII. ponne fram þisse porulde p. 57.) frymde o8 Cristes propung tide pæran syx busend pintra. 7 eahta 7 fiftig . 7 hund pintra.

15 I. Ætas domini nostri Ihesu Christi quam secundum humanitatem in hoc seculo habebat. hoc est anni. xxxta. & menses trés . horum quippe annorum sunt . XI milia. & dcccxx dies. pis is seo yld þe ure drihten hælend Crist æfter menniscnesse her on porulde ge bád. þæt is 20 bonne þrittig pintra . 7 bry mondas . 7 feopertig 'daga' 7. monda syndon endlufan pusend daga 7 eahta hund daga 7 tpentig daga.

K. Ex quo autem die baptizatus est dominus usque in diem passionis sue , sunt dies juxta numerum 25 mensium . DCCCXX.

L. Ofs pam dæge pe drihten ge fullod perf. of his

i This paragraph has been seriously tampered with in order to bring the date down to the year 1031. The original entries, both Latin and Saxon, recording an earlier year, have been erased; and nothing can now be read which would afford a clue to the first state of the writing.

2 A marginal note in Astle's handwriting states that :-"This leaf was written A.D. 1031.

3 This paragraph L is only a translation of paragraph K, and probably should not have had a distinguishing initial prefixed to it.

þropung dæge . syndon eahta hund daga 7 tpentig daga æfter para monda ge tele.

M. Sancta 1 Maria pæs on þreo 7 sixtigan pintra pa heo of middan gearde ferde .7 heo pes feopertyne geara eald Da heo Crist acende .7 heo pes mid him . xxxiii 5 geara on middan gearde 7 heo pos systyne gear after him on porulde. Amen ;

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1 The birth of our Lord when the B. V. Mary was fourteen years old seems to agree with some of the legendary accounts of her childhood, but her assumption is placed in the twenty-second year after the ascension of our Lord by the same authorities.

2 The first half of this article treats, almost exclusively, of the royal family of the Kentish kings, and their saintly character and claims. For a genealogical table, see Mon. Hist. Brit., p. 627. Hickes, in his Dissert. Epist., p. 115. prints another copy of this treatise, which he considers “incerti auctoris," from MS. 284 in Corp. Chr. Coll. Cambr., p. 147; it is very different towards the end. cf. also Brit. Mus. MS. Cotton, Vitell. A. II, f. 46, (12th cent. Latin); Arundel MS. 74. f. 100b, with title "Hee sunt notaciones de Sanctis qui in Anglica patria requiescunt"; and Harl. MSS. 464, 4660. Although Smith has not included this treatise among Beda's works, it seems likely to have been generally considered to be Beda's or compiled from Beda. 8 A.D. 616 (A.S. Chr.).

A. D. 627 (ib.).

A.D. 633 (ib.). 6 Lyminge Minster, near Hythe and Folkestone, co. Kent.

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1 Daughter of Clotaire II; married to Eadbald after A.D. 616 (A.S. Chr.).

Folkestone, co. Kent. 3 A.D. 640 (A.S. Chr.). Dies A.D. 685 (ib.) 6 Kent.

6 Isle of Thanet, co. Kent. 7 For an account of this murder see Will. Malm. Gesta Pontif., Ed. Hamilton, p. 318.

8 Eastry, co. Kent. O A common event, thought to be supernatural and to indicate the sanctity of the deceased, was the appearance of a gleam of light over the burial-place: probably, howcier, due to the chemical result of decomposition of the body.

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17 se cyninge hire Par to rel fylste, Hickes. ? A. D. 668—690.

3 Cf. Will. Malm.. Gesta Pontif., p. 306. * A.D. 640.

Sheppy Isle, co. Kent. 6 St. Etheldreda of Ely, A.D. 673, of whom a mediæval seal relates that

“ Etheldreda duos frustratur virgo maritos."

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