The first two lines have no apparent relationship to the content of the rest of the page, so we will ignore them and continue. Besides, I have no idea what they are actually trying to say here.

A diligent reader, Carla Schodde, has provided a transcription (Not too hard if you follow the rest of the exercise) and a translation, which is a little difficult. Not that the words are so hard, but the concepts are a little allusive. She has pointed out that if you arrange the various phrases down the page, they form a linked pattern. Like the rest of this page, there seems to be a game of pattern and word play going on. I wonder why. Play with it yourself and see if you can work it out.

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Vespasian Psalter, 8th century (British Library, Cotton Vespasian A1 f.6r). All photographs by permission of the British Library. Reproduction of these images is permitted under Creative Commons licence.

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