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One gloss recovers contributions of women during the early medieval period: its listing of three Anglo-Saxon female names suggests that women worked in the scriptorium at Lichfield.

The repeated "fa la la" is from medieval ballads and used in Nos Galan.

The remaining lyrics are American in origin dating from the nineteenth century.

Paleographic and stylistic similarities link it to Northumbria and Iona: the painting techniques resemble those of the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.