♔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
Red campion and Wild Hyacinth, May 1906 | Edith Holden
Whitethroats and 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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