The Merry Month of May

014 MS 65 F5 VLimbourg brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The merry month of May is here again, and despite the fact that a change in calendar, from Julian to Gregorian, means that May Day is now later in the season than it was when the Duc de Berry went in procession to fetch in the May garlands, who does not feel an uplifting of spirit as everywhere bursts out in blossom and birdsong? May is known as Mary’s month, and there is a sweetness and tenderness about the month that Hopkins delighted in. But there are more poets to sing of Mary than Hopkins, so here, as a little May Day treat, is an eBook I did some years ago of twelve poems and a prayer in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
 

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