MedievalBooksOfHours

Les Enluminures

5. “Obsecro te” and “O intemerata”

Two special prayers to the Virgin that appear in nearly all Books of Hours are known by their incipits (opening words): “Obsecro te” (I beseech you) and “O intemerata” (O immaculate Virgin). Written in the first person singular, the prayers address the Virgin directly in especially plaintive tones.