10. Hrabanus Maurus. "Nate patris summi qui tela ferocia frangis [Carmen XV]" and "Spiritus alme venisupera directus ab arce [Carmen XVI]," both c. 835.
Published here in: Ulrich Ernst. Carmen figuratum: geschicte des Figurengedichts von den antiken Ursprüngen bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters. Köln: Böhlau, 1991. First edition.
Davis Library.Purchased from the Walter Royal Davis Book Fund.

The first poem shown here is the same Lamb of God and evangelists poem as the last item, here in the 1459 manuscript version. The breathtaking use of color sets the five inset poems apart beautifully. The other poem displayed below is from one of the original manuscripts from circa 835. The seven flowers that form the cross (reading identically horizontally and vertically) represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit told to Isaiah. They can also be seen as the 12 apostles, or the 12 stations of the cross, surrounding the central flower which represents Christ. Maurus was adept at working numerical symbolism into his poems along with the visual motifs.

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