Sing a love song to the 1st day of Spring!

Hebban olla vogala, sometimes spelt hebban olla uogala, are the first three words of an 11th century text fragment written in Old Dutch.

The complete sentence, Hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan hinase hi(c) (a)nda thu uuat unbidan uue nu, is translated from Latin, Habent omnes uolucres nidos inceptos nisi ego et tu. Quid expectamus nunc. It means:

Hebben alle vogels nesten begonnen, behalve ik en jij. Waarop wachten we nu?

Have all birds begun nests, except me and you – what are we waiting for?

A manuscript that was probably made in the abbey of Rochester, Kent, containing the three words. The flyleaf was discovered in1932 and is kept in Oxford.


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