A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry


Archbishop Theodore
Octosyllabic prayer to God
mostly internal bisyllabic rhyme
AH 51, 299-300 (no. 229); A.B. Kuypers, The Prayer Book of Aedeluald the Bishop (Cambridge, 1902), pp. 131-2 (no. 31); M. Lapidge, Archbishop Theorodore (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 260-80, at 276
before 690
ICL, no. 14640
octosyllabic line; trochee; medial caesura; natural stress coincides with the ictus
CUL Ll.1.10 (Mercia, early 9th c.), f. 66r-v; Cologne, Dombibliothek, 106; Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm. 14447; Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Aug. perg. 135; Munich, Clm. 19410; Paris, BN, Lat. 8779; CUL Gg.5.35
  • G. Baesecke, Das lateinisch-althochdeutsche Reimgebet...(Berlin, 1948), pp. 9-24; B. Bischoff, Frühmittelalterliche Studien 5 (1971), pp.125-6; D. Norberg, Introduction (1958), pp. 118-19; B. Löfstedt, Die hibernolateinische Grammatiker Malsachanus (Uppsala, 1965), p. 138; A. Onnefors, Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 3 (1966), p. 296; P. Grosjean, AB 76 (1958), pp. 378-87; M. Lapidge (1995), pp. 276-80
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THEODORE.Sator.Octo 1. Sancte sator, suffragator, Sancte sator, suffragator,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 2. legum lator, largus dator, legum lator, largus dator,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 3. iure pollens es qui potens iure pollens es qui potens
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 4. nunc in ethra firma petra; nunc in ethra firma petra;
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 5. a quo creta cuncta freta a quo creta cuncta freta
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 6. quae aplustra ferunt, flustra, quae aplustra ferunt, flustra,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 7. quando celox currit uelox; quando celox currit uelox;
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 8. cuius numen creuit lumen, cuius numen creuit lumen,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 9. simul solum supra polum. simul solum supra polum.
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 10. Prece posco prout nosco Prece posco prout nosco
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 11. caeli arce, Christe, parce caeli arce, Christe, parce
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 12. et piacla, dira iacla et piacla, dira iacla
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 13. trude tetra tua scethra: trude tetra tua scethra:
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 14. quae capesso et facesso quae capesso et facesso
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 15. in hoc sexu sarci nexu. in hoc sexu sarci nexu.
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 16. Christi umbo meo lumbo Christi umbo meo lumbo
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 17. sit, ut atro cedat latro sit, ut atro cedat latro
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 18. mox sugmento fraudulento. mox sugmento fraudulento.
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 19. Pater, parme, procul arma Pater, parme, procul arma
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 20. arce hostis ut e costis arce hostis ut e costis
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 21. imo corde sine sorde; imo corde sine sorde;
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 22. tum deinceps trux et anceps tum deinceps trux et anceps
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 23. catapulta cadat multa. catapulta cadat multa.
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 24. Alma tutrix atque nutrix Alma tutrix atque nutrix
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 25. fulce, manus, me, ut sanus fulce, manus, me, ut sanus
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 26. corde reo, prout queo, corde reo, prout queo,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 27. Christo theo, qui est leo Christo theo, qui est leo
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 28. dicam, ‘Deo gratis geo’, dicam, ‘Deo gratis geo’,
THEODORE.Sator.Octo 29. sicque beo me ab eo. sicque beo me ab eo.