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I. 227. , i. 174, 232. It is worth noting that Charles the Great obtained from Monte Cassino a true copy of Benedict's autograph of the Rule, and that other copies were made by his order for circulation: cf. Chron. , Ss. VII, p. 216, 'regulamque S. Benedicti patris de ipso codice, quem ipse suis sanctis manibus exaravit, transcriptum direxit'. 4 Blume, p. 77, makes the point that the Vesper hymns of Group A regard Vespers as a night-office, thus pointing to an earlier date than those of B, which are composed for a day-office.
IX), or Rheinau (Zurich, Bibl. Cantonale, n. 34, saec. IX). 'Le P. Blume a seulement reconnu et reconstitué le groupe des témoins de l'ancien usage gallican',1 and he is not entitled to conclude that he has done anything more. In Italy we already know the Ambrosian hymnal, and in Spain the Mozarabic. 2 When Benedict speaks of the 'Ambrosian' hymns, he no more than the fathers of Tours in 5673 can have really known which were the genuine hymns of Ambrose, and we cannot argue that he is prescribing, in any case, one of the hymns which we now know to be genuinely the work of the Bishop of Milan.
Lix, p. 588) would prefer to speak of the rhythm as trochaic, falling at the end of each 'half-line' with the word-accent, but in other places emancipating itself. 2 Meyer, Rythmik, ii. ; the examples given by Suetonius (cf. g. Caesar 51 and 80) support this view; Dreves (Gött. Gelehrt. , 1886, pp. ) dissents, and holds for the survival of an accented popular poetry (from the old Saturnian). 3 Meyer, Rythmik, ii. ; 114 sqq. 4 See R. Duval, La Littérature syriaque, Paris 1899, p. 17. It is true that Syriac versification is based on the numbering of syllables, and acrostic and alphabetical verses were popular.
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