Sumer Is Icumen In

Dating to 1240, as recorded in the wessex dialect
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Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu,
Groweth sed, and bloweth med
And springth the wude nu
Sing cuccu!

Awe bleteth after lomb
Lhouth after calve cu;
Bulluc sterteth, bucke verteth
Murie sing cuccu,
Cuccu, cuccu!
Wel singes thu cuccu
Ne swik thu naver nu.

In modern words:

Summer is come in,
Loud sing cuckoo!
Groweth seed, and bloweth mead
And spring'th the wood now
Sing cuckoo!

Ewe bleateth after lamb,
Loweth after calf [the] cow.
Bullock strteth, buck verteth
Merry sing, cuckoo;
Cuckoo, cuckoo!
Well sing'st thou cuckoo
Nor cease thou never now.


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