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A Pre-Wyclif Version Of The Lord's Prayer In Middle English, In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others

A Pre-Wyclif Version Of The Lord's Prayer In Middle English, In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 C.v

Item number: f.307r

Length: 33

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This volume contains a variety of texts by or attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), Alexander Nequam (1157-1217), and others. 14th-century flyleaf inscriptions show that it was owned in the Middle Ages by the Gilbertine Priory at Sempringham, the foundation house of the Gilbertine order, founded by St. Gilbert in 1130.

On the final flyleaf of the volume is this version of the Lord's Prayer, which pre-dates the famous English translation of the whole Bible by John Wyclif (c.1324-1384) and his followers. This version (with modernised spelling) reads:

'Our Father that art in heavens and in all holy men

Hallowed by thy name in us so that we be holy in thy name

. . .

Deliver us out of this wicked world and take us to thy self in heaven. Amen.'

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