Footnote to the apparent reversal of East and West in MS Beinecke 408, folio 86v (Beinecke 85v and 86r).

Willibrord calendar BibNat Paris Latin 10837 folio 42r

(detail) BibNat Paris Latin 10837 folio 42r

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“Ante axem si quis volens curiosus steterit/equinoctium vernale ad sinistram noverit/cernere ad dexteram sui autumnale poterit/ Solstitita duobus indita termporibus:/ estivalis qui  erectus ad superna ducitur,/radius ad ima mersus hyemalis dicitur”.
Pacificus of Verona (8thC)

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I have relied on the transcription made by Barbara Obrist in her article, ‘St. Willibord’s Calendar and its Astronomical Sundial’ in Etienne Gilson, Gabriel Théry, Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge, Volumes 66-67.  The translated passage from Pacificus is on p.80, in  footnote.36.

(Note that the book’s headers  mis-spell ‘Willibrord”, though Obrist herself does not.

 

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