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

MS. Bodl. 63

Summary Catalogue no.: 2042


Ephrem Syrus, Sermons

In Latin translation; eleven sermons arranged in six books.

Book 1, three sermons

De compunctione cordis 1, 2

CPL 1143 vi

Incipit: Dolor compellit me dicere
Incipit: (fol. 29) Venite karissimi michi
(fol. 38v)
Incipit: Ecce paschalia solennia
(fol. 40)

Book 2:

Sermo de iudicio dei et de resurrectione

CPL 1143 v

Incipit: Gloria omnipotenti deo
(fol. 46)

Book 3:

De beatitudine animae

CPL 1143 ii

Incipit: Beatus qui odio habuerit hunc mundum
(fol. 51)

Book 4:

De paenitentia

CPL 1143 iii, 1143 a

Incipit: Dominus noster Ihesus Christus descendit de sinu patris
(fol. 56v)

Book 5:

De luctaminibus

CPL 1143 iv

Incipit: In luctaminibus huius seculi nullus sine agone

Book 6: 4 sermons

(fol. 62)
Sermo de die iudicii

CPL 1143 v

Incipit: Venite dillectissimi fratres exortationem meam suscipite
(fol. 65v)
Incipit: Beatus vir qui Deum in toto corde dilexerit
(fol. 67)
Incipit: Beatus homo qui inuenerit fratres vitam in illa hora
(fol. 78)
Incipit: Beatus homo qui habet compunctionem
(fols. 69–72)

Theological extracts added in blank spaces by a later twelfth-century hand

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 73 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.625 × 4.875 in.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 464)


White parchment on oak boards, 13th century, clasp gone.


Origin: c. 1100 ; French (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

'From an English monastic library but without distinctive mark' (Summary Catalogue).

Thomas Allen, 1542–1632.

Given by him to the Library in 1601.

MS. Bodl. 63 - endleaves (fols. i, 73)


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 13th century ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with reference to additional published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , I (1966), no. 464 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 282

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-23: Minor revisions from SC.