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poem of the week: The Cuckoo Song

The Cuckoo Song

     Sing, cuccu, nu. Sing, cuccu.
     Sing, cuccu. Sing, cuccu, nu.

Sumer is i-cumen 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!

This poem has stayed with me since my first English lit course in university and now it’s the poem of the week from The Guardian. See the link above for a delightful consideration of its variations.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

2 thoughts on “poem of the week: The Cuckoo Song

  1. wow. According to the Guardian, that’s a round. I didn’t click on the link of Ezra Pound singing it, but wouldn’t it be great if it was in a round? Inspired by his example, all over the world people in bars will shout, “Pound a round for Ezra,” launch into song and then pass around a lot of mugs of beer. So glad summer’s on the horizon!

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