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 (binding): 10 × 7.75 in.


Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander 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
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 81

Last Substantive Revision

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