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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
III. The Seasons
Cuckoo Song
Anonymous
 
English: Thirteenth Century

SUMER 1 is icumen in.
    Lhude sing cuccu.
      Groweth sed
      And bloweth med
And springth the wude nu.        5
        Sing cuccu!
 
Awe bleteth after lomb,
    Lhouth after calve cu;
    Bulluc sterteth,
    Bucke verteth,        10
    Murie sing cuccu.
    Cuccu, cuccu.
 
Wel singes thu cuccu,
Ne swike thu naver nu.
 
BURDEN
  Sing cuccu, nu. Sing cuccu,
        15
  Sing cuccu, sing cuccu nu!
 
Note 1. GLOSS: lhude, loud; awe, ewe; lhouth, loweth; sterteth, leapeth; swike, cease. [back]
 
 
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