BL Donatus poems

Poems heading a miniature in a 12th century manuscript

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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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