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Summer is I-cumen in
The Cuckoo Song — fourteen irregular lines
Title(s): The Cuckoo Song; Svmer is icumen in
Subjects: seasons; summer; songs; translations
Versification: — irregular



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 978, f. 11v
First Lines:
Svmer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu…
Last Lines:
…Wel singes þu cuccu
Ne swik þu nauer nu
Sing cuccu nu sing cuccu
Sing cuccu sing cuccu nu
Note: With music; precedes Latin.
Facsimiles:
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 463.
Hurry, Jamieson Boyd. Reading Abbey. London: Stock, 1901, 1914: 108.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London: Chappell & Co. 1893: title page.
Hurry, Jamieson Boyd. Sumer is icumen in. 2nd ed. London: Novello, 1914.
Garnett, Richard. English Literature: an illustrated record in four volumes. London: Heinemann, 1903: 1.124.
James, Montague Rhodes. Abbeys London: The Great Western Railway; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1926: frontispiece.
Mossé, Fernand. A Handbook of Middle English. Tr. James A. Walker. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1952: 201.
Facsimile of London, British Library, MS Harley 978, f. 11v” .
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1877; first published 1790; ed. William Carew Hazlitt : 1.3-4.
Hawkins, Sir Thomas. A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. 5 vols. London: T. Payne, 1776: 2.93; 2.96.
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 2.427.
Ellis, Alexander J. “The Only English Proclamation of Henry III, 18 October 1258, and its Treatment by Former Editors and Translators, considered and illustrated…; to which are added editions of the Cuckoo Song and the Prisoner’s Prayer, lyrics of the XIIth century…; and a list of Obsolete Words in them.” “Part IX: Contemporary Songs.” Transactions of the Philological Society (1868): 1-135, esp. 97-107: 103.
Morley, Henry. English Writers. 2 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864, 1867: 1.643-4.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 406.
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912: 67.
Hughes-Hughes, Augustus, ed. Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum. London: Trustees of the Museum, 1906; repr. 1991: 2.25.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 13.
Gennrich, Friedrich. Grundriss einer Formenlehre des mittelalterlichen Liedes…. Halle: Niemeyer, 1932; repr. Tübingen, 1970: 81-4.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London, 1893: 13.
Burney, Charles. A General History of Music…. London: T. Beckett, J. Robson, and G. Robinson, 1782: 3.407-11.
Smith, John Stafford. Musica Antiqua: a Selection of Music …. London: Preston, 1812: 1.7.
Rimbault, Edward Francis. The Ancient Vocal Music of England. London: Novello, 1847: no. 13.
Bad Key: FitzGibbon1827: 1.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 93.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 1.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 118.
Funke, Otto, ed. A Middle English Reader. Bern: A. Francke, 1944: 47.
Schofield, B. “The Provenance and Date of ‘Sumer is Icumen in’.” Music Review 9 (1948): 81-86: 81.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 450.
Manning, Stephen. “‘Sumer Is Cumen In.’” Explicator 18 (1959): Item 2.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 52.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 4.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 110.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 93n..
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 15-16.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 37-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 4-6.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 143.