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.


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