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In this fully illustrated psalter, the historiated initials comment on the text of the psalm they illustrate. This initial D begins Psalm 38, "Dixi custodiam vias meas ut non delinquam in lingua mea ..." (I said I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue), which explains why David is pointing to his mouth in the initial.

Initial D, beginning Psalm 38

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1225-1240.

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