All the birds have begun their nests …

These two lines (ll. 3–4) of Old Low Franconian, which we may call "Old Dutch," together with the Latin text that precedes them (ll. 1–2), date from the 11th century. They are the result of a monk's attempt to break in a new quill—called a probatio pennae 'test of a pen':                quid expectamuſ nunc Abent … Continue reading All the birds have begun their nests …

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