Notes from a Scribe

In a 9th. century copy of Cassiodorus from the Monastery of LAON, where there was an Irish colony, these marginal jottings are found.

It is cold today. Naturally, winter.
The lamp gives a bad light.
It is time for us to begin to do some work.
Well, I call this vellum thin.
I feel quite dull today.
I don’t know what is wrong with me.

[Lindsay ‘Palaegraphia Latina, II, 24]

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