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STJMER IS ICUMEN IN.
manuscript, and as it may be seen in score in Burney and Hawkins' Histories, the tune is here printed, harmonized by Mr. Macfarren, as the first of National English Airs. A few obsolete words have been changed, but the original are given below.
Original Words. Sumer is icumen" in, Lhudeb sing Cuccu, Groweth sed, and bloweth med And springth the wde nu Sing Cuccu!
Words Modernized. Summer is come in,
Loud sing Cuckoo! Groweth seed, and bloweth mead And spring'th the wood now Sing Cuckoo.
»"«cerae»" come (from the Saxon verb, cuman, come); so in Robert of Gloucester, z'paied for paid.
bLhude, wde, awe, and calve, are all to be pronounced as of two syllables.