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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2030
AUTHOR:Richard Barnfield (d. 1570)
QUOTATION:As it fell upon a day
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made.
ATTRIBUTION:Address to the Nightingale. 1
 
Note 1.
This song, often attributed to Shakespeare, is now confidently assigned to Barnfield; it is found in his collection of “Poems in Divers Humours,” published in 1598.—Ellis: Specimens, vol. ii. p. 316. [back]
 

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