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Sumer is icumen in

 

Sumer is icumen in
Loude sing cuckoo!
Groweth seed
and bloweth meed
and springeth the wood anew
Sing cuckoo!

Ewe bleateth after lamb
Loweth after calfe the coo
Bullock starteth
Billygoat farteth

Merrie sing cuckoo!
Cuckoo cuckoo!
Well singest thou cuckoo!
Ne stop thou never noo.

Sing cuckoo noo, sing cuckoo!
Sing cuckoo, sing cuckoo noo!

 

 

Anon, 13th century (lyrics slightly modernised)

Picture  10580043, photograph by Camerique, 1940s-1950s, image copyright Mary Evans / Classic Stock

 

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