by R. Combe Miller
Fairest of the months!
Ripe summer's Queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear.
— R. Combe Miller, English poet and clergyman, Fairest of the Months
Note: August 1st is Lammas Day ("La-MA-ss"). Lammas was a festival that celebrated the annual wheat and corn harvest. After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.
And, Lammas is a cross-quarter day - a day between an equinox (when the sun sets due west) and a solstice. In this case, Lammas is the mid-point between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.