This book is worthy of note on account of the quaint and sarcastic humour of its numerous acrostic verses.
The A pologeticum, undoubtedly by Commodianus, although the name of the author (as well as the title) is absent from the MS., is free from the acrostic restriction.
The acrostic introduction gives the sentence, "Aldhelmus cecinit millenis versibus odas," whether read from the initial or final letters of the lines.
The Instructiones consist of 80 poems, each of which is an acrostic (with the exception of 60, where the initial letters are in alphabetical order).
Besides his lyrical and satirical poems, he contributed many of the finest compositions to the liturgy (some of them with the acrostic "Shelomoh ha-gaton"), which are widely different from the artificial manner of the earlier payyetanim.
If the prayer for vengeance begins here, Budde's " deep division in the middle of an acrostic letter-group " vanishes.
The repetition of the acrostic word, far more frequent in Psalm cxix.); and some disappear on revision of the text.