, Metrical Life of St Swithun
in two books each preceded by a list of chapters, and with two prefatory poems (begg. 'Domno pontifici VVentanam', 'Fratribus ęternę crescant') which themselves have metrical titles: the author's name is not mentioned. At fol. 49v the scribe has added one more miracle in rhythmical, not metrical, verse.
On the margin of fols. 11-19 is an alphabetical series of Old English glosses on Latin words in Aldhelm (printed in Napier's Old English Glosses, 1900, no. 18b), hardly later than the text, to which there are also four English glosses.
Language(s): Old English, Middle English
2. (fol. 51)
Rubric: Tituli Historiarum Aurelii Prudentii Hispaniensis, quod Dirocheum de utroque Testamento uocatur
3. (fol. 53v)
Rubric: Epistola Theodoli episcopi
Incipit: Ethiopum terras iam feruida torruit ęstas
With Latin glosses and accentual marks of the 13th cent.
Preceded by 'Epistola Auiani Festi ad Theodosium'
With some French and Latin glosses, and accentual and grammatical marks, of the 13th cent.
Language(s): Anglo-Norman and Latin
5. (fol. 68)
Rubric: Persii Flacci senatoris Satyre
Rubric: Liber Persii
, Ars de nomine et uerbo
Rubric: Artis Focę grammatici prefatio
Preface in verse, followed by the prose preface and the Ars Phocae itself
With Latin glosses, and four English ones, printed as above (art. 1) no. 45.
Language(s): Latin and Old English
7. (fol. 90) Epitome Iliadis
Rubric: […] Homerus poeta de Troiano Bello
8. (fol. 104v)
A facsimile of fol. 106r is no. 9 in R. Ellis's Facsimiles (Oxf. 1891) and no. 12 in his Specimens of Latin Palaeography (Oxf. 1903).
9. (fol. 107v)
, Quae monachi quaerunt
Rubric: Versus Serlonis
Incipit: Quę monachi querunt
Lines 4-19 are in a different hand from the rest of the book.
10. (fol. 110)
Two short poems:
(fol. 110v) A poem on Chess
Incipit: ⟨T⟩elli [sic for Belli] cupit instrumentum qui ludendo fingere Printed in Thomas Hyde De ludis Orientalibus, 1694, pt. 1, p. 179.
11. (fol. 111)
12. (fol. 126v)
, De aue Phoenice
Incipit: Est locus in primo
Provenance and Acquisition
Sherborne, Benedictine abbey: "Marginal notes by Leland. He saw 'Vita Swithuni carmine heroico' at Sherborne (De Script. Britt. 164, Coll. 3. 255, 4. 150) and gives quotations in Collectanea 1. 149, evidently from this MS" (MLGB3).
Probably acquired about A.D. 1618-20.