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