Sumer Is Icumen In – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Middle English[edit]

Sumer is icumen in,

Lhude sing cuccu!

Groweþ sed and bloweþ med

And springþ þe wde nu,

Sing cuccu!

Awe bleteþ after lomb,

Lhouþ after calue cu.

Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ,

Murie sing cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes þu cuccu;

Ne swik þu nauer nu.

Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.

Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

Modern English[edit]

Summer has come in,

Loudly sing, Cuckoo!

The seed grows and the meadow

blooms

And the wood springs anew,

Sing, Cuckoo!

The ewe bleats after the lamb

The cow lows after the calf.

The bullock stirs, the stag farts,

Merrily sing, Cuckoo!

Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing,

cuckoo;

Don’t ever you stop now,

Sing cuckoo now. Sing, Cuckoo.

Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!

The translation of “bucke uerteþ” is uncertain.[4] Some translate as “the buck-goat turns”, but the current critical consensus is that the line is “the stag farts”[citation needed], a gesture of virility indicating the stag’s potential for creating new life, echoing the rebirth of Nature from the barren period of winter[citation needed].

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