31 Quotes and Poems About May: The Month of Merriment

Updated on May 1, 2020
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Ms. Dora loves to share poetry, creative writing, quotes, and reflections and has been writing online for over eight years.

The hawthorn blossom is one of the official flowers of May.
The hawthorn blossom is one of the official flowers of May. | Source

The month of May, according to the Gregorian calendar, is named after Maia―the goddess of springtime and growth. Historically, the gentle warmth of the month caused flowers to blossom, crops to sprout, and people to dance. Children made garlands from greenery and participated in joyful celebrations on the first day of May.

These early may celebration traditions declined in popularity some two thousand years ago, but the spirit of may-time merriment remains to this day. Even as we grieve the loss of our heroes on Memorial Day, we find ways to celebrate the freedom that proves that their sacrifices were not in vain. Enjoy these 31 quotes—one for each day of May—that highlight the joy of this merry month.

About Mother's Day

1. "On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of their family." —American National Day Calendar

About Fun and Celebration

2. "Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) . . . is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent." ―Holiday Insights

3. "Now is the month of maying,
When merry lads are playing . . .
Each with his bonny lass
Upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la la la la la la la."
Thomas Morley

4. "I'm only wishing to go a-fishing;
For this the month of May was made."
―Henry Van Dyke

5. "We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May."
Stephen Foster

6. "As it fell upon a day
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made."
Richard Barnfield

This photo was taken at the 2013 US Fish and Wildlife Fishing Derby.
This photo was taken at the 2013 US Fish and Wildlife Fishing Derby. | Source

About Lovers

7. "I thought that spring must last forevermore; for I was young and loved, and it was May." —Vera Brittain

8. "It was the month of May, the month when . . . lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trusts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love." —Sir Thomas Malory

9. "Was in the merry month of May
When flowers were a bloomin'
Sweet William on his death-bed lay
For the love of Barbara Allen."
Old English Ballad (one of several versions)

10. "O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
O, and then did I unto my true love say,
. . . thou shalt be my Summer's Queen."
Thomas Dekker

11. "He wrote her name in the sand
Never even let go of her hand
Somehow they stayed that way
For those five days in May."
­—James Cuddy and Greg Keelor

About Birds and Flowers

12. "The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer." ―Lady Gregory

13. "When April steps aside for May, like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten; fresh violets open every day; to some new bird each hour we listen." ―Lucy Larcom

14. "When purple finches sing and soar . . .
With vernal gladness running o'er—
When joys like these salute the sense . . .
Then waiting long hath recompense,
And all the world is glad with May."
John Burroughs

15. "May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself." ―Marty Rubin

16. "At last came the golden month of the wild folk—honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year." ―Samuel Scoville Jr.

17. "And a bird overhead sang Follow,
And a bird to the right sang Here;
And the arch of the leaves was hollow,
And the meaning of May was clear."
Algernon Charles Swinburne

18. "Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you." —W. E. Johns

19. "Horticulturally, the month of May is opening night, Homecoming, and Graduation Day all rolled into one." —Tam Mossman

The lily of the valley is another official flower of May.
The lily of the valley is another official flower of May. | Source

More Insights About May

20. "It is now May . . . It is the month wherein Nature hath her fill of mirth, and the senses are filled with delights. I conclude, it is from the Heavens a grace, and to Earth a gladness." —Nicholas Breton

21. "And after winter folweth grene May." ―Geoffrey Chaucer

22. "May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive." ―Fennel Hudson

23. "Make hay in May for you may never know what June is coming with and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay!" ―Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

24. "As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer." —William Shakespeare

25. "Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed." —James Thomson

26. "What potent blood hath modest May." —Ralph W. Emerson

27. "The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." —Edwin Way Teale

28. "Marry in the month of May,
And you'll surely rue the day . . .
Married when bees o'er May blossoms flit,
Strangers around your board will sit."
New Zealand Proverb

29. "Let all thy joys be as the month of May,
And all thy days be as a marriage day."
―Francis Quarles

30. "May . . . it’s full of all the things that make spring and the brighter part of the year so special. Flowers bud, the sun shines, and new seeds are sown into the fabric of our lives. May is awesome." Jenna Danchuk

About Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)

31. "May has decked the world, that we
May bring the brave on land or sea
Earth's glory on Memorial Day,
The lovely meadow gifts of May."
Annette Wynne

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    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Dora!

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      You're right, Ann. Enjoy the perfect weather while it lasts. Happy Birthday in advance!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      The merry, merry month of May! I love it as it is my birthday month. I also love it because Spring is in full flood and my world is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and it's not too hot.

      Lovely quotes, Dora!

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Chitrangada. My wish is that your wish come true so that you and your husband enjoy your birthdays with a bit more freedom

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent article with wonderful quotes.

      May is my birth month, and also of my husband. This time my only birthday wish would be, that the whole World should be free of this Pandemic, as early as possible.

      Loved your quotes, all of them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Peggy. Great that the Maypoles are still around. 'Twould be great if they continued forever.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      There are still a few places in the world that celebrate the month of May with a Maypole festivity. I enjoyed reading these many quotes about the month of May.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Good for you, Rajan. So far May is the best month for celebrations. Sending you Happy Birthday greetings in advance.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 months ago

      I love the month of May. It is neither very hot nor humid and to top it, it's my birthday month.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Devika. Come back as often as you wish. Hoping that the earthquake left you and your family home in tact.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lora, it's great that you have those happy memories in the month of May. Remembering loving, caring parents is a solace in tough times.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Linda. Wishing that all the merry sayings will be true for you in the Month of May.

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      Devika Primic 

      4 months ago

      I came back to read again. May has many blessings for everyone a month that shouldn't be ignored.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 months ago

      Your article with all of its beautiful quotes is such a tribute to this awesome month! My favorite month of the year. Both my mother and father who have both passed were born in May and I always think about them when the flowers are in bloom. They loved their garden and often when I would go to their house, they would give me many of the vegetables they so proudly grew there. I would bring my daughter with me, too, when she was young, and she loved to help gather the veggies that were ripe. I still visit that garden, often in my mind, especially when May arrives. Beautifully done!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've included some beautiful quotations in this article, Dora. I loved reading them. I'm looking forward to May, which I hope will be a happy month.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, John. What a delightful verse! It is great to have all those celebrations in the same month. Best to your entire family in the month of May.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Such delightful quotes and poetry about the month of May, MsDora.

      John was born in May,

      So was his wife they say,

      And two sons too,

      Oh what a stew,

      The Hansen family way.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Alyssa, congratulations in advance on your May wedding anniversary. Best to you and your spouse going forward!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Mitara. It makes me happy that you appreciate the quotes.

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      Alyssa 

      4 months ago from Ohio

      May holds a special place in my heart -- it's the month of my wedding anniversary :) Being all cooped up, these little messages are inspiring and filled with hope. Better days, with lots of sunshine, lay ahead.

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      Mitara N 

      5 months ago from South Africa

      Beautifully written, and appreciate the quotes. Inspirational.

      Thank you for sharing

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, James. The tease will last just a little longer. I can relate to looking forward to May. So happy that you like the quotes.

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      James C Moore 

      5 months ago from The Great Midwest

      I appreciate the quotes reminding me of what's to come. I can tell you from my days in Iowa and much of my life in the Chicago area that May is when Spring is finally here for good. March and April just tease us with spring.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you too, Devika. The months go by so fast, it will soon be time to post quotes for June.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hi, Bill. Wish we could be merry all the time! They say thinking about it may help it happen. May is coming!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Eric. I hear you saying that your May was not good; it was fantastic. Bet, you're not alone. Reason to smile!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the quotes for May and look forward to quotes of June thank you

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I think we could all use some merriment right about now, so bring on May!!!!! Best wishes, my friend. Stay safe!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I recollected. I know not a good place for this brain ;-)

      Never had a good May. Never had me for the May.

      I love my mom at bay. I never had a good May.

      Missy was my wet nurse and her name was May.

      I just cannot remember a good day in May.

      That crazy little month has always been super duper fantastic.

      thanks for the reminders

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, I'm really happy that you love the quotes. I hope that the New Zealand proverbs are intended primarily for fun.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      I love May for all of the bright celebrations and Springtime that it connotes. I did wonder why New Zealanders rue the day of marrying in May.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Rosina, I also like the quote you chose. It makes me look forward to May. Hoping that the month fulfills its promise to us.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jason, I'm so happy that you enjoy the quotes about your birth month. Hoping that you enjoy a special celebration this year.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Pam, May is truly a special month for you. It makes me happy that you like the quotes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. I appreciate your affirmation of merriment in these quotes. Your approval means much to me.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Liz, Happy Mothers' Day this Sunday. We can celebrate with you, and again in May.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 months ago

      All the quotes about the month of May are gorgeous. I especially like quote 27:

      "The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." —Edwin Way Teale

      Thank you for sharing such a wonderful hub.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      5 months ago from AZ

      Great article Dora. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love May!

      The month of may has so many holiday occasions to celebrate and remember. Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Armed Forces, and Memorial Day are all celebrated in the lovely month of May. Mays holidays all hold a special place in my heart for various reasons. However, May is also special to me personally because it was the month I was born. So besides celebrating the traditional holidays I also celebrate my birthday.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Many of the saying about May are perfect for May, as it is the month before summer yet winter is gone. This article about May is rather cheerful.

      My wedding anniversary is in May and of course, Mothers Day happens. My middle son was born in May as well.

      I particularly like the sayings about birds and flowers.

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      This one has a joyful feel of play, merriment and romance. The freshness of Spring rings true here too and love is in the air. A soothing and sobering piece, full of potential solace.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      This is a good, upbeat article in present times. Mothers Day is next Sunday in the UK.

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