The Great Canterbury Psalter

The Great Canterbury Psalter f. 19r, psalm 10, In the Lord I put my trust


f. 19r, psalm 10, In the Lord I put my trust

The psalm tells of the just man’s trust in God. God, holding a scroll, is seated in a temple (v. 5, Dominus in templo sancto suo: Dominus in celo sedes eius // The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lord’s throne is in heaven). To the right, turning to look at God, a man holding a pair of scales (v. 8, Quoniam iustus Dominus et iusticias dilexit // For the Lord is just and loves justice) addresses a scroll towards a group of men with spears who gesture up to him (v. 2, In Domino confido //In the Lord I put my trust). Flying away from the man is a bird, to which he is pointing (v. 2, transmigra in montem sicut passer // get you away from hence to the mountain like a sparrow). Below the bird are three seated men in discussion, “the upright of heart”, who are being shot at by three wicked men from below, using bow and arrows; a dark cloud is above them (v. 3, Quoniam ecce peccatores intenderunt arcum: paraverunt sagittas suas in pharetra, ut sagittent in obscuro rectos corde //For the wicked have bent their bow: they have prepared their arrows in the quiver, to shoot in the dark the upright of heart). To the right of the archers three men are demolishing a church with a mallet and pick-axes (v. 4, Quoniam que perfecisti destruxerunt // For they have destroyed the things you have made). Stones from the church walls are falling on the ground. At the top right, in a semicircle, is a devil breathing fire and bringing down flames on a group of cowering men, one of them with his cloak billowing in the wind (v. 7, Pluit super peccatores laqueos: ignis, sulphur et spiritus procellarum pars calicis eorum // He shall rain snares upon sinners: fire and brimstone and storms of winds shall be the portion of their cup). The contours of the hillscape frame the various groups.

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