Middle English Manuscripts : Mirror of the Life of Christ

Middle English Manuscripts

A fine illuminated manuscript of the Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ, a translation by Nicholas Love of Pseudo-Bonaventura's Meditationes vitae Christi. <p style='text-align: justify;'>Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ, a translation by Nicholas Love of the Meditationes vitae Christi. Edition of Lawrence F. Powell, (1908): see Bibliography below. The text begins imperfectly 'and euery age an euery dignite' (Powell, p. 8 line 5) and ends on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(278);return false;'>136v</a>, 'with outen endinge amen' (as Powell), after which it continues on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(279);return false;'>137r</a> with two paragraphs, 'And for als moche as þat blessid and worthy feste of þe precious sacrament... of alle false lollardes.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Thus endith the contemplacion... nowe and euere wt outen ende Amen', and on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(279);return false;'>137r and 137v</a> in red ink, 'Memorandum quod circa annum... (as in MS. 94, folio 2) Explicit speculum vite cristi conplete'. In the second of the two paragraphs on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(279);return false;'>137r-137v</a> the reader is advised to pick and choose as suits him rather than keep to the Monday-Sunday divisions of the text.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>A leaf is missing after folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(186);return false;'>90v</a>, which ends 'grace inwardly' (Powell, p. 214 line 7); folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(187);return false;'>91r</a> begins 'the fairest the wisest' (p. 216 line 28). A further leaf is missing after folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(258);return false;'>126v</a>, which ends 'of þe holy' (p. 299 line 5); folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(259);return false;'>127r</a> begins 'haue mynde of' (p. 302 line 13). folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(282);return false;'>138v-140v</a> were left blank.</p>


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