[Based on the Holt edition, ll. 335-42 – This comes just before the list of Latin pericopes]
All those Gospels that I can find here in this book, all of them I will name here by their first words, and I will place them by a number to make you understand how many Gospels in all are in this book.
[Based on the Holt edition, ll. 1-106]
This book is called Ormulum because Orm made it, and it is made from the quadriga, from the four Gospel books, from the quadriga of Amminadab, from Christ’s Gospel books. For Christ can be signified by Amminadab very well because Christ seized death on the rood-tree wholly by his complete will. And thus Amminadab in Latin speech is called Spontaneous in the Latin book, and in English speech [is called] that man who does some deeds wholly with his complete will.
Therefore, Christ can be signified very well through Amminadab because Christ seized death on the rood-tree wholly willfully. That wagon that has four wheels is called the quadriga, and the Gospel is that wagon because it is four books. And the Gospel is Jesus’ wagon that goes on four wheels because it is placed in a book by four Gospel writers.
And Jesus is Amminadab, just as I have shown, because he perished on the rood-tree wholly by his complete will. And the Gospel, for that same thing, is the Chariot of Solomon because, in this middle-earth, by the four Gospel writers, it bears the true Christ from land to land, by Christ’s disciples, by which they travel and go widely in this middle-earth, from land to land, from town to town to preach to the people about the true Christ, and of Christianity, and of the right faith, and of that life that leads people to heaven’s bliss. Thus, they bear the Savior as if they are four wheels of a cart because all the Gospels’ holy lessons are, as I have shown you, four Gospel books.
And because the Gospel can be Solomon’s cart very well, this is to say openly the Lord Christ’s cart, for Jesus Christ Almighty God, who wrought all creation, is certainly that true Solomon who put peace on earth between God and humans in that he gave his life on the rood to release humankind out of the devil’s power through his death.
And, thus, the true Christ can be signified through Solomon very well, for Solomon is in English that man who raises, among people, true concord and trust and true peace and love, and [Solomon] follows it with all his power through thought, though word, through deed.
All thus is that holy Gospel, which is in four books, called the chariot of Amminadab and the cart of Solomon because it bears Christ to people by the four Gospel writers, just as if it were that wagon that goes on four wheels. And, thus, Christ is called Amminadab through spiritual knowledge, for he seized death on the rood wholly with his complete will, and he is called Solomon, just as I have shown, because he put peace and love between heaven and earth, between God and humans, by seizing death on the rood in order to release humankind out of the devil’s power through his death.
And, thus, this English book is called Ormulum entirely in the quadriga of Amminadab, in the Chariot of Solomon, and I will reveal to you yet some part more of the Gospel; I will yet reveal to you why the Gospel is called the Gospel. And I will reveal to you how all the people may receive the soul’s happiness and the soul’s salvation by the Gospel, [those] who follow the Gospel entirely well through thought, through word, through deed.