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

MS. Laud Misc. 150

Summary Catalogue no.: 762


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)

Table of sermons for item 3.

2. (fol. 2v)

Three hymns to the Virgin :

Incipit: Ave Maria gratia plena | Dominus tecum, virgo serena
AH liv.337
Incipit: Ave mundi spes Maria | Ave mitis, ave pia
AH xxxii.38
Incipit: Salve mater Salvatoris, vas electum vas honoris
AH liv.383; Walther 1945
Rubric: Hec commenta Thomas Salomonis scripsit in odas Ob quod eum dita, Jhesu pie, perpete vita

Rubric to item 3, misinterpreted by Coxe and Pächt and Alexander as a reference to the scribe and/or artist of the manuscript.

Scribal (?) verses, 12 lines

Incipit: Mistica verba patent celesti plena sapore
Thomas Cisterciensis, Commentary on the Song of Songs
Incipit: (fol. 3r) Osculetur me osculo, etc. Tria sunt epithalamia, primum hystoricum, secundum philosophicum, tertium theologicum.
Explicit: qua perpetuo fruator, Ipso prestante Qui vivit et regnat in secula seculorum Amen.
(fol. 3r)

Eight lines of verse in the upper and lower margins:

Incipit: Omnia precellit christi dilectio plena

Followed by three further hymns to the Virgin:

Incipit: Verbum bonum et suave | Personemus illud Ave | Per quod Christi fit cum clave
AH liv.343
Incipit: Gaude, mater luminis | Quam divini numinis | Visitavit gratia
AH liv.358
Incipit: Hodierne lux diei | Celebris in matris Dei | Agitur memoria
AH x.41

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 188 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 245 mm.


2 columns. Written space 270 × 188 mm.


4 or 5 hands.


Historiated initial (fol. 3r): Christ and Ecclesia as bride and bridegroom.

Coloured initials with penwork decoration.


Origin: 12th century, end ; German,

Provenance and Acquisition

Cistercian monastery of Eberbach: contemporary ex libris, fol. 2v.

Probably identifiable as ‘g 3’ in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 68–70, 272, 289 [contents, physical description, date, origin, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-01-30: Description revised to incorporate all information in Palmer and Quarto catalogues.