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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.


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


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.