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

MS. Bodl. Rolls 16

Summary Catalogue no.: 2975


Poem on the instruments of the passion ('Arma Christi')(DIMEV 4083)
Explicit: That last shal witoutenn ende | Nowe Ihesu Criste vs thedyre sende Amen

The last 102 lines of a poem on the Passion of Christ, with drawings (often coloured) of the instruments of the Passion and similar subjects

The text begins 'The cokke that krewe or hit were daye | When Ihesu Crist was in a fraye | Chaunte for vs wit mylde Steuenne | That we mowe cum to the blisse of heuenn'

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Extent: A roll of three membranes
Dimensions (roll): 62.25 × 4.75 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 1126, Pl. CV

Fine historiated borders (coloured drawings)

Summary Catalogue: 'There is a figure of a cock, and others of the crown of thorns, the Cross, a Jew spitting, the tomb, etc.'


In a cloth box 1.5 in. × 6.625 in.


Origin: 15th century, end ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Ex dono Gulilielmi[sic] Stamp Gen. de Chimenaye in Com. Oxon. Generos. Anno 1618 October 20', nearly illegible. Chimney is a hamlet of Bampton-in-the-Bush; see MS. Bodl. 609

Record Sources

Description adapted (September 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-09-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)