|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|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|
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]