The child's body is taken to a neighboring abbey. As the burial mass draws near, the child continues to sing O Alma Redemptoris loudly and clearly. He then tells the abbots that Christ has commanded him to sing until his time for his burial and that the Virgin Mary placed a pearl on his tongue. The child explains that he must sing until the pearl in taken away. "[T]hen a holy monk . . . / Touched the child's tongue and took away the pearl; And he gave up the ghost so peacefully, So softly." ("This hooly monk . . . hym meene I, / His tonge out caughte, and took awey the greyn (pearl) / And he yaf up the goost ful softely.") The child is proclaimed a martyr, and a tomb of marble is erected as a memorial to the young boy, whose name was Hugh of Lincoln. The Prioress' prologue aptly fits the Prioress' character and position. She is a nun whose order relies
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