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ANONYMOUS

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c. 1226

SUMER is icumen in,
    Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweth sed, and bloweth med,
    And springeth the wude nu—
                Sing cuccu!

Awe bleteth after lomb,
    Lhouth after calve cu;
Bulluc sterteth, bucke verteth,
    Murie sing cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu, well singes thu, cuccu:
    Ne swike thu naver nu;
Sing cuccu, nu, sing cuccu,
    Sing cuccu, sing cuccu, nu!



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c. 1300

ICH am of Irlaunde,
Ant of the holy londe
    Of Irlande.
Gode sire, pray ich the,
For of saynte charité,
Come ant daunce wyth me
    In Irlaunde.

1 lhude] loud. awe] ewe. lhouth] loweth. sterteth] leaps. swike] cease.

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