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.