So sad it feels inside when the Summer nearly ended and the Drakkars are leaving the coast heading home. But the Winter will go and we will meet agains and will be singing and dancing between white tents.
This song, dated to the first half of the XIII century, is the earliest surviving secular song in the English language, preserved only by the good luck of being written on a piece of paper kept with an unrelated book.
Mirie it is while summer ilast with fugheles song
Oc nu necheth windes blast and weder strong.
Ei ei what this nicht is long
And ich with wel michel wrong.
Soregh and murne and fast.
from Eiris Sazun,
released November 4, 2016