"Si Ge ponatur--et rar simul associatur -
Et dus reddatur--cui pertinet ita vocatur."
In a Bible written in England, in the British Museum, there is a
long colophon, in which, after the name of the writer--"hunc librum
scripsit Wills de Hales,"--there is a prayer for Ralph of Nebham,
who had called Hales to the writing of the book, followed by a date-
-"Fes. fuit liber anno M.cc.i. quarto ab incarnatione domini." In
this Bible the books of the New Testament were in the following
order:- the Evangelists, the Acts, the Epistles of S. Peter, S.
James, and S. John, the Epistles of S. Paul, and the Apocalypse. In
a Bible at Brussels I found the colophon after the index:- "Hic
expliciunt interpretationes Hebrayorum nominum Do gris qui potens
est p. sup. omia." Some of these Bibles are of marvellously small
dimensions. The smallest I ever saw was at Ghent, but it was very
imperfect. I have one in which there are thirteen lines of writing
in an inch of the column. The order of the books of the New
Testament in Bibles of the thirteenth century is usually according
to one or other of the three following arrangements:-
(1.) The Evangelists, Romans to Hebrews, Acts, Epistles of S.
Peter, S. James, and S. John, Apocalypse.
(2.) The Evangelists, Acts, Epistles of S. Peter, S. James, and S.
John, Epistles of S. Paul, Apocalypse. This is the most common.
(3.) The Evangelists, Acts, Epistles of S. Peter, S. James, and S.
John, Apocalypse, and Epistles of S. Paul.
On the fly leaves of these old Bibles there are often very curious
inscriptions. In one I have this:- "Haec biblia emi Haquinas prior
monasterii Hatharbiensis de dono domini regis Norwegie." Who was
this King of Norway who, in 1310, gave the Prior of Hatherby money
to buy a Bible, which was probably written at Canterbury? And who
was Haquinas? His name has a Norwegian sound, and reminds us of St.
Thomas of that surname. In another manuscript I have seen
Nascitur, abluitur, patitur, descendit at ima
Surgit et ascendit, veniens discernere cuncta."
In another this:-
Abluo, fumo, cibo, piget, ordinat, uxor et ungit."