Sumer Is Icumen In

Sumer is a comin in (Sumer Is Icumen In) is a song in old Wessex (eth instead of ing as in raineth rather than raining) plus other odd spelling.

Middle English                                      Modern English

Svmer is icumen in                               Summer is a coming in
Lhude sing cuccu                                  Loudly sing Cockoo
Groweþ sed                                          Growing seed
and bloweþ med                                   and blowing meed (meadow)
and springþ þe wde nu                         and springing the wood anew
Sing cuccu                                            Sing cuckoo

Awe bleteþ after lomb                           Ewe Bleating after lamb
lhouþ after calue cu                              Lowing after Calf, cow
Bulluc sterteþ                                        Bullock starting
bucke uerteþ                                         Buck (Farting)

murie sing cuccu                                   Merrily sing cuckoo
Cuccu cuccu                                         Cuckoo Cuckoo
Wel singes þu cuccu                             Well sing the Cuckoo
ne swik þu nauer nu                              stop the never now

Chorus words for round or other part singing

Sing cuccu nu • Sing cuccu.                  Sing cuckoo now, Sing cuckoo
Sing cuccu • Sing cuccu nu                   Sing cuckoo, Sing cuckoo now

My singing is not mean’t to be perfect though I do try and colour the words with a little of middle English.

For more information on the song here is the Wikipedia page

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