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(Lines 453-564)

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458 Parfourned is, for on the brest soukynge

459 Somtyme shewen they thyn heriynge.

466 Of bountee, next hir Sone, and soules boote.

468 O bussh unbrent, brennynge in Moyses sighte,

489 Amonges Cristene folk a Jewerye,

491 For foule usure and lucre of vileynye,

495 A litel scole of Cristen folk ther stood

503 A litel clergeon, seven yeer of age,

504 That day by day to scole was his wone,

517 As he sat in the scole at his prymer,

519 As children lerned hire antiphoner;

523 Noght wiste he what this Latyn was to seye,

526 T'expounden hym this song in his langage,

529 Ful often tyme upon his knowes bare.

533 Hire to salue, and eek hire for to preye

536 I lerne song; I kan but smal grammeere."

540 To konne it al er Cristemasse be went.

541 Though that I for my prymer shal be shent

560 Up swal, and seide, "O Hebrayk peple, allas!

562 That swich a boy shal walken as hym lest

563 In youre despit, and synge of swich sentence,

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