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UMER is icumen in,
Awe bleteth after lomb,
Lhouth after calve cu;
Cuccu, cuccu, well singes thu, cuccu:
Sing cuccu, nu, sing cuccu,
awe] ewe. lhouth] loweth.
BYTUENE Mershe ant Averil
When spray biginneth to spring,
On hyre lud to synge:
Icham in hire bandoun.
On heu hire her is fayr ynoh,
Hire browe broune, hire eye blake;
With middel smal ant wel y-make;
Nihtes when I wende and wake,
on hyre lud] in her language. ich libbe] I live. seemliest. he] she. bandoun] thraldom. ichot] I wot. lossom] lovesome. make] mate.
semlokest] hendy] gracious. lyht] alighted.
y-hent] seized, enjoyed. hire her] her hair.
bote he] unless she.
feye] like to die.
at night. wende] turn. for-thi] on that account. waxeth won] cheeks grow wan.
Levedi, al for thine sake
In world his non so wyter mon
Icham for wowyng al for-wake,
ys come with love to toune,
With blosmen ant with briddes roune,
2. levedi] lady. wise a man.
y-lent me on] arrived to me. swyre] neck. may] maid.
so wyter mon] so for-wake] worn out
with vigils. so water in wore] as water in a weir. reve] rob. y-yerned yore] long been distressed. tholien] to endure. geynest der gore] comeliest under woman's apparel. roun] tale, lay. 3. to toune] in its turn.
The threstlecoc him threteth oo,
When woderove springeth;
Waxen al with wille;
The fenyl ant the fille;
Ase strem that striketh stille,
For loue that likes ille.
When briddes singeth breme;
him threteth oo] is aye chiding them. huere] their. woderove] woodruff. ferly fele] marvellous many. wlyteth] whistle, or look. rayleth hire rode] clothes herself in red. mandeth hire bleo] sends forth her light. lossom to seo] lovesome to see. fille] thyme. wowes] woo. miles] males. murgeth] make merry. makes] mates. striketh] flows, trickles. mody meneth] the moody man makes moan. so doth mo] so do many. on of tho] one of them. breme] lustily. deawes] dews. donketh] make deores] dears, lovers. huere derne rounes] their secret domes forte deme] for to give (decide) their decisions.
Wormes woweth under cloude,
Blow, Northern Wind
Feir ant fre to fonde;
Lussomore in londe.
Blou northerne wynd!
With lokkes lefliche ant longe,
With murthes monie mote heo monge,
3. cloude] clod. wunne weole] wealth of joy. y wole forgon] I will forgo. wyht] wight. fleme] banished. 4. Ichot] I know. burde] maiden. fonde] take, prove.
feir] fair. multitude.
menskful] worshipful. wurhliche] noble. won] lussomore in londe] lovelier lefliche] lovely. fonge]
y nuste] I knew not. suetyng] sweetheart.
take between hands. murthes] mirths, joys. mote heo monge] may she mingle.
breme] full of life.