Sumer Is Icumen In

Dating to 1240, as recorded in the wessex dialect

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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