Touchstone Sacred Dance Library

Sumer Is Icumen In 

Associations---England Earth 
Tapes Found On---Camp 97B 
Origin---modern
Choreographer---Elise Harrison
Song Name---Sumer Is Icumen In 
Writer---traditional
Notes
The song is a medieval English canon (notated 1240)
It is the only known six part music written before the 15th century.
Elise created the choreography
for a Beltane celebration
for her local circle. 
 
Words in English
Sumer is icumen in, 
Lhude sing cuccu. 
Groweth sed and blweth med, 
and springeth the wde nu.
Sing cuccu. 
Awe bleteth after lomb, 
Lhouth after calve cu. 
Bulloc sterteth, bucke verteth,
Murie sing cuccu.
Cuccu, cuccu, 
wel singes thu cuccu, 
Ne swik thu naver nu.
 
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