verse beg. Arbor eterna diua summa apostolovum

  • Latin
  • verse
  • Cambro-Latin texts
Welsh Latin poem, more precisely a ‘sequence’, addressed to the Virgin Mary. It is found in the Cambridge Juvencus manuscript.
First words (verse)
  • Arbor eterna diua summa apostolovum
  • Latin
Dronke calls the poem ‘pre-Notkerian’.
verse (primary)


Cambro-Latin textsCambro-Latin texts


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Howlett, David, “Two Cambro-Latin sequences from the Welsh Church. I. ‘Arbor eterna’. II. ‘Cum uenerunt angeli’”, ALMA: Bulletin du Cange 65 (2007): 235–246.
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[ed.] McKee, Helen, The Cambridge Juvencus manuscript, glossed in Latin, Old Welsh, and Old Irish: text and commentary, Aberystwyth: CMCS Publications, 2000. 604 pp.
[ed.] Haddan, A. W., and W. Stubbs, Councils and ecclesiastical documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland, 3 vols, vol. 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1869.
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622–623 Superseded.

Secondary sources (select)

Dronke, Peter, “Arbor eterna: a ninth-century Welsh Latin sequence”, in: Charles S. F. Burnett, and Nicholas Mann (eds), Britannia Latina: Latin in the culture of Great Britain from the middle ages to the twentieth century, 8, London, Turin: The Warburg Institute, Nino Aragno Editore, 2005. 14–26.
Lapidge, Michael, and Richard Sharpe, A bibliography of Celtic-Latin literature, 400-1200, Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Ancillary Publications, 1, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1985.
40 [id. 120.]
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