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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Bucke uerte?
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It isn't just the bull:

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.
Pes:

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

Wikipedia:

Some translate "bucke uerteþ" as "the buck-goat turns", but the current critical consensus is that the line is "the stag farts", a gesture of virility indicating the stag's potential for creating new life, echoing the rebirth of Nature from the barren period of winter.

Virility my .... 

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Posted on 11/18/2009 3:11 PM by Mary Jackson
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18 Nov 2009
Artemis

For the record, my virility is unchallenged but I am still able to keep my uerteþs to a minimum.