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10 Feb. HYEMIS tempore, id est, a Kalendis No11 Oct. vembris usque ad Pascha, juxta considerationem rationis,* octava hora noctis surgendum est, ut modice amplius de media nocte pausetur, et jam digesti surgant. Quod vero restat post Vigilias,1 a fratribus qui Psalterii vel lectionum aliquid indigent, meditationi inserviatur. A Pascha autem usque ad supradictas Kalendas Novembris, sic temperetur hora Vigiliarum agenda, ut parvissimo intervallo, quo fratres
1 Matins were called Vigilia, because they were said during the night-watches.
In winter, that is from the first of November till Easter, they shall rise at that time which sound calculation shall indicate as the eighth hour of the night,* in order that having rested till a little after midnight, they may rise refreshed. As for the time that remains after Matins,1 let it be employed in study, by those Brethren who are somewhat behind-hand in the psalter and lessons. But from Easter till
Such is the way in which Perez interprets the words "juxta considerationem rationis." For, since the nights are of an unequal length at different seasons of the year, the eighth hour would necessarily vary; at the Solstice i.e., 21st December, it would be later than at the Equinoxes, i.e. 21st March. (Perez, in Reg: S. Ben: p. 460.)
ad necessaria naturæ exeant, custodito, mox Matutini,1 qui incipiente luce agendi sunt, subsequantur.
1 Lauds were called Matutini, because said in the early morning.
the first of November, let the hour for Matins be so arranged, that after a short interval during which they may go forth for the necessities of nature, Lauds' may presently follow about the break of day.
QUOT PSALMI DICENDI SUNT IN NOCTURNIS HORIS.
11 Feb. HYEMIS tempore, præmisso in primis 12 Oct. versu : "Deus in adjutorium meum intende, Domine ad adjuvandum me festina." 1 In secundo ter dicendum est: "Domine labia mea aperies, et os meum annunciabit laudem tuam ;" cui subjungendus est tertius Psalmus, et "Gloria." Post hunc, Psalmus nonagesimus quartus cum Antiphona, aut certe decantandus. Inde sequatur Ambrosianum.* Deinde sex psalmi cum Antiphonis. Quibus dictis, dicto versu, benedicat Abbas, et sedentibus omnibus in scamnis, legantur vicissim a fratribus in codice super analogium tres Lectiones, inter quas tria Responsoria canantur. Duo Respon