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The manuscript is composite, made up of four independent parts:
Part 1: fols 1-9 contain part of a grammatical work by Eutyches, written in the mid ninth century and glossed in Latin and Old Breton (Hunt 1961, p. v).
Part 2: fols 10-18 contain an Old English homily 'in predominantly SE dialect' (Lucas and Wilcox 2008, p. 79) on the Invention of the Cross: 'Geherað ge nu hwæt ic eow secgan wille ymbe þa halgan rode...', dated s. xi2, and with alterations probably s. xi/xii (Ker 1957, p. 355).
Part 3: fols 19-36 contain a collection of mainly liturgical material known as the Liber Commonei. According to Lucas and Wilcox (2008, p. 79), it can perhaps be dated to the year 817, using the Easter table (fol. 21r).
Part 4: fols 37-47 contain the first book of Ovid's Ars amatoria, probably from the ninth century. An Old English scribble is found on fol. 47: 'her segð hu se halga apostol paulus lærð ælcum mæssepreoste þe godes folce to lare byð gesett'. Another hand has added 'þæt he beo ƿær' (Ker 1957, p. 355).
Incipit: (fol. 10r) GEHERAÐ GENYH ÞÆT IC EOǷ SECGAN ǷILLE | ymbe þa halgan rode þe crist on þroƿode | hu heo on þeosne dæg gefunden ƿæs.
Explicit: (fol. 18v) si him | simble þac þæs þe he for us þroƿode | ˥ part illegible, probably 'si him simbl'e lof ˥ ƿuldor ealre | his godnesse þe he mancynne gecyd | part illegible, probably 'hæfð a on eal're ƿurulda ƿuruld a | on ecnesse AMEN:
Text Language: English
Extent: Fols 10-18
243 mm x 150-170 mm (dimensions of all - size of leaves)
210 mm x 110 mm (dimensions of all - size of written space)
Foliation and/or Pagination: iii + 47 + i, foliated i-ii (iii), 1-48. The manuscript as a whole is foliated throughout in ink on the upper right of the rectos in the hand of Gerard Langbaine (1609-1657/8) (Wilcox 2008, p. 81).
Capital in red on a capital 'G' on fol. 10r/2.
The four parts can be associated with Glastonbury and were together by 1601, but according to Wilcox (2008, p. 79), it is possible that three of the four manuscripts were held in the same library by the tenth century. However, nothing is known of the provenance of Part 2 containing the Old English homily. Part 4, containing the Old English scribbles, can be placed to Glastonbury as Hunt (1961, p. xv) notes that 'In s=custodia f[rat]is H. Langley'' is found another Glastonbury book: Laud Lat. 4, fol. 272 (on the Glastonbury provenance of these parts and the connection with St Dunstan's cult see also Wilcox 2008, p. 80; Dumville 1993, and Budney 1992, p. 125).
The complete manuscript was given by Thomas Allen of Gloucester Hall, Oxford, to the Bodleian Library in 1601 as a foundation gift (Wilcox 2008, p. 80).
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