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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Prioress's Tale
lines 99-112: The boy sings Alma redemptoris in the Jewish quarter


       As I have seyd, thurghout the Juerie
100This litel child, as he cam to and fro,
Ful murily than wolde he synge and crie
"O Alma redemptoris" evere-mo.
The swetnesse hath his herte perced so
Of Cristes mooder, that to hir to preye
105He kan nat stynte of syngyng by the weye.
       As I have said, as through the Jewry went
100This little school-boy, out the song would ring,
And joyously the notes he upward sent;
O Alma redemptoris would he sing;
To his heart's core it did the sweetness bring
Of Christ's dear Mother, and, to Her to pray,
105He could not keep from singing on his way.

       Oure firste foo, the serpent Sathanas,
That hath in Jewes herte his waspes nest,
Up swal, and seyde, "O Hebrayk peple, allas,
Is this to yow a thyng that is honest,
110That swich a boy shal walken as hym lest
In youre despit, and synge of swich sentence,
Which is agayn oure lawes reverence?"
       Our primal foe, the serpent Sathanas,
Who has in Jewish heart his hornets' nest,
Swelled arrogantly: "O Jewish folk, alas!
Is it to you a good thing, and the best,
110That such a boy walks here, without protest,
In your despite and doing such offense
Against the teachings that you reverence?"





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