Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quote of the Day (Sir Thomas Malory, on ‘That Lusty Month of May’)

“The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in like wise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May, in something to constrain him to some manner of thing more in that month than in any other month, for divers causes.”—Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur (1485)

For some people—especially politicians!—every day is part of  “that lusty month of May.”

(The image here is The Beguiling of Merlin—part, of course, of the Arthurian legends recounted by Sir Thomas Malory—an oil-on-canvas painting by Edward Burne-Jones, 1874.)

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