Quotation by Shakespeare

No doubt they rose up early to observe
The rite of May.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Theseus, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, sc. 1, l. 132-3.

May Day festivities in England involved going to the woods to gather flowers and bringing them, as symbolic of new life, into towns and villages (the play is nominally set in Greece).
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