Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 89 (T.4.6)
Title: Metrical Exposition of the Paternoster, etc
Date of Creation: Between 1299 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: William of Massington (?), Metrical Exposition of the Paternoster, etc.
William of Massington's (?) Poems on the Petitions of the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, etc.: (Imperfect.)
Begins (1, 1 [f. 1 (25)] recto lines 1-3): Oure ilke dai brede gif vs to-day | Qwat mai [th]e sone bettir craue | Or aske of [th]e fadir here to haue.
Ends (10, 1 [f. 73 (97)] verso lines 43, 4): And of [th]e same kynde as [th]ou sees now | Of flesshe and blode of qwilke art [th]ou.
Remarks: On i, 2 verso is a (? lot) number: 273.
On the side margin of 7, 3 recto in a XVII. Cent. hand: saue me o good for thy names sake and auenge me in thy strength | heare my Prayer o good and hearken unto the words of my mouth. | for strangers haue risen liies upon me | Richard Pidgeon | 1683.
On the side margin of 7, 5 recto in the same hand: Richard Pidgeon is my name and with my pene i rote the same and | if ye.
On the top margin of 7, 6 recto in a late XVI. Cent. hand: pastores [followed by two indecipherable names and a curious device].
On the top margin of 8, 5 verso in a similar hand: Robard Haide abc...
On the verso of ii, 2. is a pencilled note by the Rev. Joseph Stevenson, S.J.: I read through this MS. and made selections from it | between the 10th & 15th March 1830. Jos. Stevenson.
The first folio and the top margins of quires 2-6 have been gnawed.
[Formerly R.4.9; R.4.45].
T.4.6 - A negative microfilm is held in the Library.
Probably early 15th century, per A.I. Doyle, Durham University Library, in letter of 18 June 1954.
The incipit corresponds to British Library, MS Royal 17 C VIII, fol. 54r, l. 5 (line 2674 of the poem in that version). This would suggest that there are 4 gatherings missing at the beginning rather than the 3 indicated by the signatures: 2674 - total lines; 2 x 44 - lines per folio = 30.39 folios, or close to 4 gatherings, per William Crawford, Toronto, August 1981
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 11 x 6, ff. 73, originally ff. 104 or more, written in one hand, in single cols. of 44 lines, each 8 5/8 x 3 3/8, ruled and margined with brown crayon, signatures, catchwords, foliation (modern), rubrics, rubricated initials, no marginalia. Cent. XIV.-XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered vellum, title (in ink): RELIGIOVS | POEMS | XVI. S. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 96.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: lot 273 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Expositio de Sac. Scriptura, or Commentary on several parts of Holy Writ, very old"; NB lot number "273" is given in ink on front pastedown; Margaret Connolly (in 'The 'curious and valuable' library of Ebenezer Mussell' Book Collector, Vol 62, no 1, Spring 2013) also ascribes MS Hunter 89 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 5). John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 273 for £0.6.6 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; lot 1433 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776). Purchased by Hunter for £0.10.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue - shelfmark 822.d.6.
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp. 96-97.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

annotator: Joseph Stevenson 1806-1895
Librarian and Keeper of Records, Durham.
author: William of Massington
provenance: Robert Haide
provenance: Richard Pidgeon fl.1683
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