One of the oldest known secular songs

Middle English Modern English

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweth sed and bloweth med
And springth the wde nu,
Sing cuccu!

Awe bletheth after lomb,
Lhouth after calve cu.
Bulloc sterteth, bucke verteth,
Murie sing cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes thu, cuccu;
Ne swik thu naver nu,
Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

Summer is a-coming in,
Loud sing Cuckoo!
Seeds grow and meadows bloom
And the forest springs anew,
Sing Cuckoo!

Ewes bleat after lambs,
Cows lowe after the calves.
Bullocks jump, bucks fart,
Merrily sing Cuckoo!

Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing, cuckoo;
Nor cease you ever now,
Sing cuckoo now. Sing Cuckoo.
Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!

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