Initial D: David in Prayer
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German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 32V

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Within the initial D opening the introit for Palm Sunday, King David prays. Turning his face upward, he invokes the first line of the chant: Domine ne longe facias auxilium tuum a me [Lord, do not take away your help from me... ].