Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918/Cuckoo Song

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Cuckoo Song

c. 1226

SUMER is icumen in,
    Lhude[1] sing cuccu!
Groweth sed, and bloweth med,
    And springeth the wude nu—
                Sing cuccu!

Awe[2] bleteth after lomb,
    Lhouth[3] after calve cu;
Bulluc sterteth,[4] bucke verteth,
    Murie sing cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu, well singes thu, cuccu:
    Ne swike[5] thu naver nu;
Sing cuccu, nu, sing cuccu,
    Sing cuccu, sing cuccu, nu!

  1. lhude] loud.
  2. awe] ewe.
  3. lhouth] loweth.
  4. sterteth] leaps.
  5. swike] cease.