Note two forms of punctuation in the text; three dots in a triangle (line 4, after the second last word), and what looks like a sloping exclamation mark (line 9, in the middle). Word spacing is a trifle erratic, as small words are sometimes run together, while occasionally a longer word seems to be split in two. Words run from one line to the next without any form of hyphenation.
initial This is a shamelessly fraudulent image that I have tinkered with digitally, just to give a bit of an idea of the colours of the initial, which don't show on the reproduction I have.

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Responsiones of Pope Gregory from an 8th century codex of religious writings (Cologne Cathedral Library, MS XCI, f.57b). Images from The New Palaeographical Society, 1905, Plate 57.

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