By F.J.E. Raby
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An office to which Benedict later gives the name of Prime was added as a second morning office towards the end of the fourth century. Introduced in a monastery at Bethlehem, it spread with considerable rapidity, though only in the monasteries, in East and West. So the seven canonical hours were createdVigils (Matins), Lauds, Prime, Tierce, Sext, None, and Vespersconforming to the declaration of the Psalmist: seven times a day do I praise Thee. One further office was added, but at what date is not very clear.
See also Meyer, Rythmik, ii. 122. html [01-01-2009 1:27:46] page_25 < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 non ex virili semine, sed mystico spiramine verbum dei factum est caro, fructusque ventris floruit. Again, in Prudentius, a stanza appears like the following:1 peccator, intueberis celsum coruscis nubibus, deiectus ipse et irritis plangens reatum fletibus. Sedulius, in the fifth century, is the first hymn-writer to make any considerable use of rime, for it appears in nearly every stanza of the A solis ortus cardine.
In any case, the use of rime was perfectly well known to the writers of antiquity. 3 To this parallelism of form is (footnote continued from previous page) appears in the later poetry, borrowed, it seems, from the Arabs; but the Syriac poetry can hardly have been a decisive influence in Greek and Latin lands. 1 Meyer, Rythmik, i. 12 sqq. , i. 117. 3 See Norden, Die antike Kunstprosa, ii. , Anhang I, Über die Geschichte des Reims. html [01-01-2009 1:27:45] page_23 < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 ('similar ending', assonance or rime) which had the effect of joined the rhetorical device of prominently marking the end of the clause.
A History of Christian-Latin Poetry (Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprints) by F.J.E. Raby