by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Sumer is icumen in
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Sumer is icumen in,
  lhude sing cuccu.
Groweth sed and bloweth med
  and springth the wode nu.
Sing cuccu.

Awe bleteth after lomb,
  lhouth after calve cu.
Bulluc sterteth, bucke verteth,
  murrie sing cuccu.

Cuccu, cuccu,
wel singes thu cuccu,
ne swik thu naver nu.

See also Ezra Pound's comedic poem that was inspired by this one, Ancient Music.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 45