Loverd, thou clepedest me

Loverd, thou clepedest me,                       [Lord, you called me]
And ich noght ne answarede thee          [ich I]
Bute wordes slow and slepye:                   [Bute except]
“Thole yet! Thole a litel!”                          [Thole wait]
Bute “yet” and “yet” was endelis,
And “thole a litel” a long way is.

– Anonymous, ‘Loverd, thou clepedest me’, in Aspetti della letteratura latina nel secolo XIII (ed. Anastasia Pasquinelli; Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1986), 317.

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