Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen

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The Bullock Stirs, the Stag Farts

Maybe it's -20ºc, but sumer is a-cumin In

Ancient songs celebrate the end of winter with incredible joy. You can hear it in the 13th century English song Sumer is a Cumin In, which rejoices in the return of life to the countryside. Spring is also a subject of joy in the Carmina Burana, a set of poems from the middle ages made famous by Carl Orff's masterpiece in the 1930s. Here's an excerpt  from Ecce Gratum in both the original Latin with an English translation:


Yes, summer is coming. The seed grows, the meadow blooms. The bullock stirs, the stag farts. Sadness is now at an end: here in Mongolia, I feel the joy of my ancestors at the end of Winter.