The second section is the explicit from St Jerome's letter to Pope Damasus and the incipit to the preface in rubric. The insular half uncial script is essentially the same as that of the main text. The trick of having a heading take a sudden vertical dive at the end of a line is a feature of the manuscript.

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Lindisfarne Gospels, late 7th century (British Library, Cotton Nero DIV, f.5v). All images by permission of the British Library. These images are now made available by the British Library through a Creative Commons licence.

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