Antiphonal Leaf : Istorum est enim


ca. 1540

Recto and Verso

Language: Latin

vellum or parchment
height 57 centimeters | width 86 centimeters

Lane Community College Library Archives, M-006
Gift of Stanley Slotkin

Lane Community College Library, Manuscript Guide
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The manuscript "Istorum est enim" consists of one vellum leaf from a 16th century choir book containing portions of a Roman Catholic Mass. The manuscript contains five lines of Latin text with two decorated initials. The music consists of square notations on red 5-line staves.


Istorum est enim regnu[m] celoru[m]
qui co[n]te[m]perseru[n]t vita[m] mu[n]di
Et perueneru[n]t ad premia regni
Et laveru[n]t stolas suas in saguine agni.

[Blessed] are they who have despised earthly [pleasure], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, and have won the heavenly [great] reward.

Biblical citation: Apocalypse (Revelation) 7:14


Vestri capilli capitis omnes
[numerate sunt : nolite timere : multis passeribus meliores estis vos.]

[Even] the very hairs of your head are all numbered; fear not [therefore]; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Biblical citation: Matthew 10:30-31