sumer

sumer, m.n: summer. (“suh-mehr”) May 9 is the 1st day of summer in Anglo-Saxon England.

                              Swylce ymb fyrst wucan

butan anre niht   ϸætte yldum bringð

sigelbeorhte dagas   sumor to tune,

wearme gewyderu.

—The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium), lines 87b-90a

Likewise it is after a week but a night that summer brings to town among people sun-bright days and warm weathers. (trans. by K. Karasawa)

Karasawa says that the beginning of summer, as stated here, is six days after the Invention of the True Cross (see bēam). Apparently many Anglo-Saxon calendars specified May 9 as the beginning of summer.*

*Kazutomo Karasawa, The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium) (Cambridge, 2015), p. 103.

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