The text of recto and verso are shown quite enlarged, depending on your screen, so that the letters can be resolved. What is difficult to show are the fine diaganal slashes that form the dots on i, and the hairlike double diagonal slashes that serve as hyphens, but you can just see them (recto line 3 and 4, verso line 6, 8, 9 and 13).

The red ink ruling lines for laying out the text on the page can also be seen. It is also apparent that in a few places the painted initials have partially covered the brown ink letters of the text, so we have a little insight into the order in which things were done on the page.

There is an anomaly in the text, as one verse of the Psalm is missing. On the recto it should read:

Dominus mihi (or michi) adiutor non timebo quid faciat mihi homo

Dominus mihi adiutor et ego despiciam inimicos meos

However, it seems the scribe may have been tricked by the repeating words, and has left out the first line.

Miniature book of hours c.1420. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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