MS M.81, fols. 17v–18r

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Worksop Bestiary

England, possibly in Lincoln or York
ca. 1185
215 x 155 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1902

MS M.81, fols. 17v–18r

Wild goats possess sharp eyesight, love high mountains, and feed in valleys. The text interprets them with the help of the Song of Songs, a pastoral love poem included in both the Hebrew and Christian Bible. It directly compares the goat’s characteristics with Christ’s majesty.