Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

The Book of Common Prayer in Latin

The Special Correspondent has sent me the link to a very interesting post by Dr Francis Young about the Latin versions of the Book of Common Prayer and in particular the Liber Precum Publicarum published in 1560.

In years past as an Anglican here in Oxford I used to attend the Termly 8am Latin Holy Communion according to the BCP in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in the High Street on the Thursday of Noughth Week. This was an interesting experience of Anglican worship as it might have been two or three or four centuries ago. I recall Fr Hunwicke posting some years ago about the history of this particular service on his blog.

Dr Young’s informative and instructive article can be viewed at



Zephyrinus said...

Dear "Once I Was A Clever Boy".

Thank you for your most interesting Post on
"The Book of Common Prayer in Latin".

To keep "Things Latin" going at a steady old rate,
herewith, the Post on Zephyrinus in 2019, whereby
"Waltzing Matilda in Latin" caused a right old stir "Down Under"
in Australia.

Good to see that you are Blogging, again.

Once I Was A Clever Boy said...

Thank you for this, but more thanks are due to Dr Young for his original post and to the Special Correspondent for alerting me to it.
I shall look at your version of “Waltzing Matilda” - presumably intended for the Usus antiquior in Terra Australis...
It is enjoyable to be back blogging after the long and frustrating hiatus.