Inscription: On left panel at bottom: ih[esv]s x[ri]s[tvs] fili[vs] d[ei] nascit[vr] beth[lehem] ivde[a] (Jesus Christ, son of God, is born in Bethlehem in Juda [from refrain in Sermon of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Advent and Christmas), “On the joy his birth should inspire”]). On left panel at left: avgvs[tinvs] ecce inqvit maria ego te filiv[m] generavi On left panel at top: [sed] v[ir]ginitate mea[m] non violavi (Thus says Mary: I bore you, my son, but I did not compromise my virginity [from Augustine, Sermon on the Annunciation III, Sermon CXCV]). On left panel at right: regnv[m] tenvi v[ir]ginitat[is] et regem genvi [casti]tatis hec ille (I maintained a kingdom of virginity and I gave birth to king of chastity. Behold these things). On right panel at bottom: atte[n]dite et videte si e[st] dol[or] sic[ut] dol[or] me[u]s (Attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow [Lamentations 1:12]). On right panel at left: bernardus si vvlnera Christi ad memoria[m] revocetvr tvnc ni[hi]l est On right panel at top: q[vi]d non [a]equo [ani]mo tole[retur] (For do but call to mind the wounds of Christ, and there is nought on earth too hard to endure). On right panel at right: Greg[orivs] me[m]oria crvcifixi vicia crvcifigit b[eatvs] gregorivs (Gregory: The memory of the crucified crucifies vices. Holy Gregory).
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