May

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May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.

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Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 501.
  • Hebe's here, May is here!
    The air is fresh and sunny;
    And the miser-bees are busy
    Hoarding golden honey.
  • As it fell upon a day
    In the merry month of May,
    Sitting in a pleasant shade
    Which a grove of myrtles made.
  • Spring's last-born darling, clear-eyed, sweet,
    Pauses a moment, with white twinkling feet,
    And golden locks in breezy play,
    Half teasing and half tender, to repeat
    Her song of "May."
  • But winter lingering chills the lap of May.
  • Sweet May hath come to love us,
    Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
    And through the blue heavens above us
    The very clouds move on.
  • O May, sweet-voiced one, going thus before,
    Forever June may pour her warm red wine
    Of life and passion,—sweeter days are thine!
  • Oh! that we two were Maying
    Down the stream of the soft spring breeze;
    Like children with violets playing,
    In the shade of the whispering trees.
  • Ah! my heart is weary waiting,
    Waiting for the May:
    Waiting for the pleasant rambles
    Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles,
    With the woodbine alternating,
    Scent the dewy way;
    Ah! my heart is weary, waiting,
    Waiting for the May.
  • Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
    Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
    The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
    The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
    Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire
    Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
    Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
    Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing,
    Thus we salute thee with our early song,
    And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
  • In the under-wood and the over-wood
    There is murmur and trill this day,
    For every bird is in lyric mood,
    And the wind will have its way.
  • As full of spirit as the month of May.
  • Another May new buds and flowers shall bring:
    Ah! why has happiness no second Spring?
  • When May, with cowslip-braided locks,
    Walks through the land in green attire,
    And burns in meadow-grass the phlox
    His torch of purple fire:
    * * * * * *
    And when the punctual May arrives,
    With cowslip-garland on her brow,
    We know what once she gave our lives,
    And cannot give us now!
  • For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the May.
  • Among the changing months, May stands confest
    The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.
  • May, queen of blossoms,
    And fulfilling flowers,
    With what pretty music
    Shall we charm the hours?
    Wilt thou have pipe and reed,
    Blown in the open mead?
    Or to the lute give heed
    In the green bowers?
  • For every marriage then is best in tune,
    When that the wife is May, the husband June.
    • Rowland Watkins, To the most Courteous and Fair Gentlewoman, Mrs. Elinor Williams.
  • What is so sweet and dear
    As a prosperous morn in May,
    The confident prime of the day,
    And the dauntless youth of the year,
    When nothing that asks for bliss,
    Asking aright, is denied,
    And half of the world a bridegroom is
    And half of the world a bride?

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