BL Donatus poems

Poems heading a miniature in a 12th century manuscript

From Arundel 43 f. 80v (a 12th century German manuscript) in the British Library, poems to the the first poem compares the breaking open of fruits, nuts, wine-jars and bees’ cells, which in each case reveals the more valuable contents inside, to the similar discovery of knowledge, once the real meaning is found ‘beneath’ the literal meaning; the second poem is a simple tribute to the scribe of the manuscript, the painter of Donatus’ portrait and the author of the manuscript; ; at the end of Sedulius Scotus’s Expositio super primam edicionem Donati grammatici. Public Domain.

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