Walters Ms. W.13, Synonyms of Isidore of Seville

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This modest German monastic textbook from the middle of the twelfth century survives in excellent condition in its original binding. Isidore of Seville, who died in 636, was the last of the great Latin fathers, whose works became core to the medieval monastic curriculum. The Synonyma, also known as the Liber lamentationum, starts as a dialogue between Man and Reason, in which Reason tells Man how he can reach eternal joy. The second part is a discussion of vices and virtues. The manuscript contains seventy folios and four decorated or inhabited initials. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W13/description.htmlThis modest German monastic textbook from the middle of the twelfth century survives in excellent condition in its original binding. Isidore of Seville, who died in 636, was the last of the great Latin fathers, whose works became core to the medieval monastic curriculum. The Synonyma, also known as the Liber lamentationum, starts as a dialogue between Man and Reason, in which Reason tells Man how he can reach eternal joy. The second part is a discussion of vices and virtues. The manuscript contains seventy folios and four decorated or inhabited initials. For full description, see http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W13/description.html

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IN NOMINE DEI SUMMI IN SUBsequenti hoc libro qui nuncupatur Synonyma: id est multa verba in unam significationem coeuntia sanctae recordationis Isidorus, archiepiscopus ex Hispania, introducit personam hominis in aerumnis praesentis saeculi sese deflentis et pene usque ad desperatione defluxi. Cui mirabili concursu ratio obvians, leni hunc moderamine consolatur, atque a lapsu desperationis, ad spem veniae reformat, et quemadmodum tergiversantis mundi lapsum in cursuque devitet, et formulam vitae spiritualis arripiat, mirabiliter docet. deinde ad contemplationis ascensum eum summopere provehens, in arcem usque perfecti

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Iste libellus pertinet ad monasterium sanctum in

omnes adducit, is denique inperfectum virum perductus, eidem debitas rationes gratis absolvit. In quo denique opere quisquis intenta mente lector nititur pergere, sine dubio repperiet, quo pacto caveat vitia, quomodo defleat peccata commissa, qualiterque per lamenta poenitentiae reparatus ad fructum sanctae operationis accedat, ut non cum mundi concupiscentiis pereat, sed aeternis praemiis remuneratus vivat cum Christo Domino, qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto equalis vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Incipit prefacio soli loquiorum sancti Isidori episcopi. VENIT NUPER AD MANUS MEAS quaedam schedula ciceronis, quam Synonyma dicunt, cuius formula persuasit animo quoddam lamentum mihi vel miseris condere, imitatus profecto non eius eloquium sed meum volum.

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