A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 126

Summary Catalogue no.: 1990


Pomerius, De uita contemplativa
Rubric: Incipiunt Prosperi libri tres de uita contemplatiua et actiua
Incipit: Diu multumque renisus sum

With lists of chapters (see foll. 1, 14v, 31v) and prologue.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 59)
Poem on the Mass
Incipit: Adventum Christi patriarchas premonuisse | Innuit officium quod habemus tempore missę

Added early in the 12th century; 104 rhyming hexameters.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 62 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 10 × 7.75 in.


Fine initials. (P&A iii. 52)


Origin: 11th century, late or 12th century, early ; English, Winchester, Old Minster (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Date, origin, see Gneuss-Lapidge 548.

Canterbury, St. Augustine's (?) (Barker-Benfield III.1833).

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

MS. Bodl. 126 - endleaves (fols. ii-iii, 60-61)


Language(s): Latin

Troper (?)

Antiphons and responsories ; Office of St. Katherine ; Responsories for Office of the Dead

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:



Origin: 11th century, middle or second half ; English, Winchester, Old Minster (?) (Gneuss-Lapidge)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 52 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition, endleaves]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    H. Gneuss and M. Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts : A Bibliographical Handlist of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (2014), nos. 548, 548.1

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-07: Revised to incorporate all information from SC.