Mar 27, 2012

Thankful for Technology: Of Scribes and Manuscripts

I have seen several references to the following list  around the blogosphere to these scribal comments from monks written on illuminated manuscripts. They are "illuminating" and humorous. 

  • New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more.
  • I am very cold.
  • That’s a hard page and a weary work to read it.
  • Let the reader’s voice honor the writer’s pen.
  • This page has not been written very slowly
  • The parchment is hairy.
  • The ink is thin.
  • Thank God it will soon be dark.
  • Oh, my hand
  • Now I’ve written the whole thing: for Christ’s sake give me something to drink.
  • Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides.
  • As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.
  • This is sad! O little book! A day will come in truth when someone over your page will say, ‘The hand that wrote it is no more.’

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