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Sumer is icumen in

William Renwick wonders:
>Can anyone help me with the meaning of a couple of lines of this text,
>from a 14th century English round.

>"Bulloc sterteth, bucke verteth, Murie sing cuccu."
>and
>"Ne swik thu naver nu."

The full text in modern English:

Summer has come in, loudly sing, cuckoo! The seed grows and the meadow
blossoms and the wood now puts forth shoots. Sing, cuckoo! The ewe bleats
for the lamb, the cow lows for the calf; the bullock leaps, the buck farts -
merrily sing, cuckoo! Cuckoo, cuckoo! Well do you sing, cuckoo; do not ever
cease now.

Alan Moss
belshazzar@graffiti.org.uk