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Fragment of a Rhymed Office

This brief text is apparently a fragment, possibly the final stanza, of an otherwise lost rhymed office for the feast of St. Richard Scrope. It was copied into a collection of similar prayers and offices at the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne sometime in the fifteenth century.

Source:

Cologne Municipal Archives, Cod. Colonien. W. kl. 8o 28, fol. 82 verso. [A Carthusian prayer book compiled in Cologne in the 15th century]

Edition:

Clemens Blume and Guido Maria Dreves, Liturgische Reimofficien des Mittelalters, in Analecta hymnica medii aevi 28 (Leipzig: O. P. Reisland, 1898), p. 317 (No. 214).

Richardi episcopi et martyri

O Richarde, qui tot signa

Praestas aegris laude digna,

Sacra manu nos consigna,

Qui plantamus fenum, ligna,

Purga prece nos benigna,

Ut fruamur gloria.