This volume aims to continue the tradition of the Corpus Christianorum series in replacing often unsatisfactory editions of the Fathers of the Church in Migne's Patrologia Latina with more accurate critical editions based upon the best and earliest manuscripts and, more importantly, identifying patristic and other sources used by the author. All presently known eighth- and ninth-century manuscripts of these works of Bede (except for one, an eighth- or early ninth-century manuscript of Bede's In Cantica Canticorum, now at the Landes- und Stadtbibliothek in Düsseldorf, Germany, which remained inaccessible to the editor) have been collated for these new editions, and as many patristic sources as possible have been identified, particularly for the sixth and final book of the In Cantica Canticorum, which is made up entirely of quotations from various works of Saint Gregory the Great.
The late eighth- or early ninth-century copy of Bede's In Prouerbia Salomonis, now at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England (Bodl. 819), is especially important for establishing the text of this work, since aside from copies of his Ecclesiastical History of the English People surviving from these early centuries, it is almost the only other early copy of Bede's writings known to have been executed in England and still extant.
Beda Venerabilis — In librum beati patris Tobiae allegorica expositio ( CPL 1350 ) — ed. D. Hurst
Beda Venerabilis — Commentarii in Parabolas Salomonis libri III ( CPL 1351 ) — ed. D. Hurst
Beda Venerabilis — In Cantica Canticorum libri VI ( CPL 1353 ) — ed. D. Hurst
Beda Venerabilis — In Canticum Abacuc prophetae ( CPL 1354 ) — ed. J.E. Hudson
Beda Venerabilis — In Cantica Canticorum libri VI: Capitula ( CPL 1363c ) — ed. D. Hurst