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Sumer is Icumen In
Written by trad., arr. by Thompson
Appears on   1000 Years of Popular Music   (2003)
1000 Years of Popular Music DVD   (2006)

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
Bulloc sterteth, bucke ferteth.
Murie sing, cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu,
Wel singes thu, cuccu.
Ne swik thu naver nu!

Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!
Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!

The oldest known round in the English language - it can be sung in six dovetailing parts. Written down by John Farnsette, a monk at Reading Abbey, in the mid-13th century. His manuscript still viewable in the British Museum.