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Initial A, beginning Psalm 27

The large initial begins Psalm 27, "Ad te domine clamabo deus meus ne sileas a me..." (Unto thee will I cry, O Lord; O my God, be not thou silent to me). The significance of the owl and the swan in the initial is unclear. According to the medieval bestiary tradition, the swan sings most sweetly before it dies, and the owl can sometimes refer to Christ.

This leaf has been dated to ca. 1265.

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