tweede friese landrecht
This document is a legal text in Old Frisian, a forerunner of the contemporary Frisian language. It describes, for example, the right of a mother to sell the land of her child before it comes of age – but only in an emergency, to protect it from cold and starvation.
Tweede Friese landrecht from the Fivelgo manuscript, around 1450 . Oebele Vries reading passages from het Tweede Friese Landrecht
The passage runs as follows: [The mother may sell the land if]
“… the child is stark naked or homeless and when dark mist and bitter cold and long darkness spread over the fenced fields and all seek refuge in their[…] houses and warm corners and wild animals seek the shelter of mountains and hollow trees […].”
Rather poetical for a legal text, don’t you think?