Stanza 69


No Analogue


Hic sermone abrupto, quasi crudele ministerium silentio exprimens, subticuit.

I am bidden to take this little baby girl, and – " Here, breaking off his speech, he ceased, as if he would indicate his cruel business by his silence.


This child I am comanded for to take."
And spak namoore, but out the child he hente
Despitously, and gan a cheere make
As though he wolde han slayn it er he wente.
Grisildis moot al suffren and consente;
And as a lamb she sitteth meke and stille,
And leet this crueel sergeant doon his wille.

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