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Sumer is Icumen in

Sometimes, though a poem be excellent, the poet's name or true identity is never attached to the work. All that is known about the following poem is that it was composed in the 13th century. Well-known poets such as Ezra Pound have re-written the poem using their own particular tastes and expressions.

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Sumer is icumen in,
Loud sing cuckoo!
Groweth seed and bloweth mead
And springeth the wood now.
Sing cuckoo!

Ewe bleateth after lamb,
Cow loweth after calf,
Bullock starteth, buck farteth,
Merry sing cuckoo!

Cuckoo, cuckoo!
Well singeth thou coukoo,
Nor cease thou never now!

Sing cuckoo now, sing cuckoo!
Sing cuckoo, sing cuckoo now!

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