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  • Yes -- thanks for listing the original. Such lovely words to bracket -- may I?

    Lovely words, like cuccu and wude nu, and sed and med and lomb and bleth and verteth and murie and swike and -- and -- I'm feeling faint...

    October 8, 2008

  • I first encountered it in the original (and far superior) 'The Wicker Man', sung by the villagers in the closing scene as the wicker giant and his terrified bellyful are engulfed by flames.

    October 7, 2008

  • That's a reference to Summer is icumen in, the oldest extant musical round:

    SUMER is icumen 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, well singes thu, cuccu:

    Ne swike thu naver nu;

    Sing cuccu, nu, sing cuccu,

    Sing cuccu, sing cuccu, nu!

    (from here)

    October 7, 2008

  • As Ezra Pound taught us:

    Winter is icumen in,

    Lhude sing Goddamm,

    Raineth drop and staineth slop,

    And how the wind doth ramm!

    Sing: Goddamm.


    October 7, 2008