♔May-‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’ Edith Holden

The name for the month of ‘May’ was believed to derive from the name ‘Maius’ or ‘Magius’- taken from ‘Mag’ meaning the ‘Growing month’ or Shooting month.The Romans revered ‘Maia’- the mother of ‘Mercury, (the winged messenger of the Gods) as the ‘Goddess of Springtime- Growth and Increase.


Chaffinch nest, May 1906 | Edith Holden


‘And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture! ‘

– From Home Thoughts, from Abroad is a poem by Robert Browning- written in 1845 while Browning was on a visit to northern Italy, and was first published in his Dramatic Romances and Lyrics.

May from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady  Edith Holden.

‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’

– Alfred Lord Tennyson.


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