"Among the many buds proclaiming May, Decking the field in holiday array, Striving who shall surpass in braverie, Mark the faire blooming of the Hawthorn tree, Who, finely cloathed in a robe of white, Fills full the wanton eye with May's delight. Yet for the braverie that she is in Doth neither handle card nor wheel to spin, Nor changeth robes but twice; is never seen In other colours but in white or green."
- my sources conflict as to the author of this poem so further research is needed. Edith Holden's 'The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady' attributes to it to Geoffrey Chaucer, whilst online sources attribute it to William Browne. Will return to update if and when I remember.