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  • That song is what Christopher Lee and his inbred villagers joyously sing in the last scene of The Wicker Man (superb 1973 version, not duff remake).

    September 14, 2009

  • Also, a Sardinian family name.

    September 14, 2009

  • A very old English round. Mostly intelligible to modern ears. And yes, verteth is what you think it is.

    Sumer is icumen in
    Lhude sing cuccu!
    Groweth sed and bloweth med
    And springth the wode nu!
    Sing cuccu!
    Awe bleteth after lomb,
    Lhouthe after calve cu.
    Bulluc sterteth, bucke verteth,
    Murie sing cuccu!
    Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes the cuccu,
    Ne swik thu naver nu.
    Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!

    September 14, 2009