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Sumer is icumen in! or a brief interlude

Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu! Groweþ sed and bloweþ med And springþ þe wode 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! … Continue reading

How’s this for a Queen Bee, only it’s a bird!

De ramis cadunt folia, nam viror totus periit, iam calor liquit omnia et abiit; nam signa coeli ultima sol petiit. Iam nocet frigus teneris, et avis bruma leditur. (taken from a 13th century ms., and published in Mediaval Latin Lyrics, trans. Helen Waddell.  Norton 1977.  For translation, see below) This is one bird that not … Continue reading

Let me introduce you to my little friends….

otherwise known as my work colleagues when I am working from home, who have inspired me to go back into my Mediaeval Latin Lyrics book (trans Helen Waddel, Norton 1977)  for this little ditty which I have edited a bit (translation at the end of post): VESTIUNT SILVE (Mss. of Canterbury and Verona) …Hic turtur gemit, … Continue reading

On Easter and Bees, or as it is Good Friday some thoughts from Augustine for Richard Dawkins…

Carmen Paschale (Sedulius Scottus) Surrexit Christus sol versus vespere noctis, surgit et hinc domini mystica messis agri, nunc vaga puniceis apium plebs laeta labore floribus instrepitans poblite mella legit. nunc variae volucres permulcent aethera cantu, temperat et pernox nunc philomela melos. nunc chorus ecclesiae cantat per cantica Sion, alleluia suis centuplicatque tonis. Tado, pater patriae, … Continue reading

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