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date: 06 July 2020


  1. Sumer is icumen in,
    Lhude sing cuccu!
    Groweth sed, and bloweth med,
    And springth the wude nu.
    Anonymous: ‘Cuckoo Song’ (c.1250), sung annually at Reading Abbey gateway and first recorded by John Fornset, a monk of Reading Abbey; see Pound
  2. Summer has set in with its usual severity.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834 English poet, critic, and philosopher: letter from Charles Lamb to Vincent Novello, 9 May 1826
  3. June is bustin' out all over.
    Oscar Hammerstein II 1895–1960 American songwriter: title of song (1945) in Carousel
  4. Summer time an' the livin' is easy,
    Fish are jumpin' an' the cotton is high.
    Du Bose Heyward 1885–1940 and Ira Gershwin 1896–1983 American songwriters: ‘Summertime’ (1935 song) in Porgy and Bess
  5. Summer afternoon—summer afternoon…the two most beautiful words in the English language.
    Henry James 1843–1916 American novelist: Edith Wharton A Backward Glance (1934) ch. 10
  6. August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.
    Joseph Wood Krutch 1893–1970 American critic and naturalist: Twelve Seasons (1949)
  7. In a somer seson, whan softe was the sonne.
    William Langland c.1330–c.1400 English poet: The Vision of Piers Plowman B text (ed. A. V. C. Schmidt, 1987) prologue l. 1
  8. The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
    Wallace Stevens 1879–1955 American poet: ‘The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm’ (1945)
  9. The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room.
    Horace Walpole 1717–97 English writer and connoisseur: letter to Revd William Cole, 28 May 1774