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Harley 603 ff. 71v-72 Psalms 139 and 140
Psalms 139 and 140
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Description: Drawings illustrating Psalm 139: the Psalmist is delivered from his evil captors who have serpents coming out of their mouths by the Lord, who pours oil on him and holds fire in his left hand; an angel spears a violent man who is in a pit with hot coals raining onto him;
Psalm 140: The Psalmist performing a sacrifice, his prayer rising as incense to the Lord (left); he is chastised by an angel (centre); people with detached limbs (scattered bones) holding up a child for blessing; to the right is a hell-mouth with the devil inside attacking two sinners with a pitchfork. 
Origin: England, S. E. (Canterbury), Christ Church Cathedral Priory 


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