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London, BL, Add. 17238

URI: https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1023
Description based on Wright CCCCXXXIX (1:353-354) Link to Archive.org Bibliographic record
Date: 13th century
Melkite Syriac script ܀ Paper Codex, 136 leaves.
Wright's Subject Classification: Hymns
This manuscript contains: Severus. The Hymns of Severus, etc., here only 159 (ܩܢܛ) in number.; Supplicatory hymns of every kind, arranged according to the eight tones.; Cantus ad Magnificat, arranged according to the eight tones.; Additional hymns, arranged according to the eight tones.; Additional.; ... In total, including sub-sections, this manuscript contains 26 items.

Physical Description

Paper, about 7 in. by 5 1/8, consisting of 136 leaves, a few of which are much torn, especially foll. 1, 93, 94, and 136. The quires, signed with letters (but only as far as ܝܒ) are 16 in number. Single leaves are wanting at the beginning, and after foll. 46 and 86. The number of lines in each page varies from 16 to 22.

Hand 1 (sole, Melkite Syriac script): This volume is written in a fair, Malkite hand.

Manuscript Contents

Note: Item numbering updated in digital edition.
Item 1 (Fol. 1a): Severus. The Hymns of Severus, etc., here only 159 (ܩܢܛ) in number. [defective]
  Subscription (Fol. 71a): :ܫܠܸܡ ܡܥ̈ܢܝܬܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܣܐܘܪܐ ܨܠܘܬܗ ܥܡܢ
Notes:
  • See no. 4.
  • Each hymn is marked with a letter designating its tone: e.g. ܗ/ܦܛ
Item 2 (Fol. 1a): The Nativity of our Lord. [defective]
Item 3 (Fol. 7a): The Massacre of the Innocents.
Item 4 (Fol. 8a): The Epiphany.
Item 5 (Fol. 11b): S. Simeon the Aged.
Item 6 (Fol. 11b): Lent.
Item 7 (Fol. 15a): The Miracles.
Item 8 (Fol. 19a): Palm Sunday.
Item 9 (Fol. 21a): Passion Week.
Item 10 (Fol. 24a): The Resurrection, in eight orders.
Item 11 (Fol. 30b): The Ascension.
Item 12 (Fol. 32b): Pentecost.
Item 13 (Fol. 34a): Arranged according to the eight tones. [defective]
 
Title:
ܡ̈ܥܢܝܬܐ ܕܝ̇ܠܕܬ݀ ܐܠܗܐ: ܘܕܣ̈ܗܕܐ: ܘܕܬܝܒܘܬܐ. ܘܕܥ̈ܢܝܕܐ: ܒܬܡ̈ܢܐ ܩ̈ܝܢܬܐ ܡܢ ܩܕܡܝܐ ܠܬܡܝܢܝܐ
Item 14 (Fol. 34a): First tone.
 
Title:
ܐܝܟܘܣ ܩܕܡܝܐ
Item 15 (Fol. 37b): Fifth tone.
Item 16 (Fol. 42b): Second tone. [defective]
Item 17 (Fol. 47a): Sixth tone. [defective]
Item 18 (Fol. 52a): Third tone.
Item 19 (Fol. 55a): Seventh tone.
Item 20 (Fol. 62a): Fourth tone.
Item 21 (Fol. 67a): Eighth tone.
Item 22 (Fol. 71b): Supplicatory hymns of every kind, arranged according to the eight tones.
 
Title:
ܬܘܒ ܟ݁ܬܒܝܢܢ ܬܟܫ̈ܦܬܐ ܕܟܠ ܓܢܣ ܒܬܡܢܐ ܐܟ̈ܕܝܐ ܡܢ ܩܕܡܝܐ ܠܬܡܝܢܝܐ
Notes:
  • Those of the first order are ascribed in the subscription, fol. 73 b, to Rabulas of Edessa, ܕܪܒܘܠܐ ܐܦ܏ܝܣ and have been edited by Dr. Overbeck, S. Ephraemi Syri etc. Opera Selecta, p. 245 (compare pp. 362 and 370).
  • The seventh order is imperfect.
Item 23 (Fol. 96b): Cantus ad Magnificat, arranged according to the eight tones.
 
Title:
ܬܘܒ ܩܠܝܠ ܡܘܪ̈ܒܐ ܓ̈ܘܢܝܬܐ ܡܢ ܩ܏ܕܡ ܠܬܡܝܢܝܐ
Item 24 (Fol. 104a): Additional hymns, arranged according to the eight tones.
 
Title:
ܬܘܣܦܬܐ ܕܡ̈ܥܢܝܬܐ
  Subscription : ܫ̈ܠܸܡܝ ܡ̈ܥܢܝܬܐ ܐܟܡܐ ܕܐܫܟ̣ܚܢܢ
Item 25 (Fol. 130b): Additional.
 
Title:
ܬܟܫ̈ܦܬܐ
Item 26 (Fol. 135b): A hymn on Cyriacus the martyr.
 
Title:
ܡܥܢܝܬܐ ܕܥܠ ܡܪܝ ܩܘܪܝܩܘܣ ܣܗܕܐ
Note: Another hymn, the title of which is torn away, is on fol. 136 b.

Additions

N.B., folio location may not be available for some items below.
Addition 1:

How to Cite This Entry

William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17238” in A Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library, last modified April 21, 2023, https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1023.

Bibliography:

William Wright et al., “London, BL, Add. 17238.” In A Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library, edited by . Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal, 2023. Entry published April 21, 2023. https://bl.syriac.uk/ms/1023.

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Entry Title: London, BL, Add. 17238

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  • David A. Michelson, general editor, Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal
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  • Based on the work of William Wright
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