Let’s Celebrate


Summer Solstice

Today was Summer Solstice, sometimes called midsummer. This year is especially momentous since it will be followed shortly thereafter, on June 23rd , by the largest “supermoon” of the year. For those in the northern hemisphere, it is the first day of summer.  To be clear, Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, not the warmest, as I can attest to when I walked on the Vancouver Sea Wall today.

I am joining the Summer Solstice celebration by reading (and singing) the poem that is considered to be the first poem written in English.  As it happens, the song is about this very day. “Sumer is icumen in” is a medieval English rota, or type of vocal round, from the mid 13th century.  Celebrate with me and sing along.

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med

And springþ þe wde nu,
Sing cuccu!
Awe bleteþ after lomb,
Lhouþ after calue cu.
Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ,
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes þu cuccu;

Ne swik þu nauer nu.

Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!