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Cuckoo Song

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!

The Irish Dancer

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.