The Exsultet is found on the back cover (fol. B) but it lacks the beginning and the end. The text starts on 'leticiam fugat (odia) concor[diam parat]'. The Exsultet on this fragment lacks the mention of bees found in the original Latin version of the Exsultet ('Apis ceteris quae subjecta sunt homini animantibus antecellit').
The original foliation is absent. The front cover (fol. A) comes first as it contains texts for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The back cover (fol. B) contains a notated Exsultet sung during the night mass of Holy Saturday.
Front cover (Fol. A) 20 text lines on a full-page column. Back cover (Fol. B): 10 text lines alternated with 10 red lines for notation.
Condition of document:
Non-central bifolium damaged and currently used as book cover of the 'Livro de Vedorias' from 1576 to 1586. Fols. Ar-Bv are the external cover and less readable due to some spots and traces of humidity and dirtiness. Two library stickers on fol. Bv and a 16th-century inscription with the contents of the book. The top and bottom margins were folded to fit the size of the book the fragment currently covers.
Capitals in red with black decoration or in green with red decoration. Some plain initials in red, green and blue.
Description of the notation:
Medium size neumes around a red line. The axis of the notation is slightly slanted and the square punctum looks rather like a parallelogram. The lozenge is used in isolation one step above the red line, but not consistently. Custodes consistently used.
The description of this fragment was prepared by Diogo Alte da Veiga and Elsa De Luca. The musical index was prepared by E. De Luca