Flowers in May

"Welcome as the flowers in May" is a traditional expression, and also the title of a song published by Boston songwriter Dan J. Sullivan in 1902. It seems possible either that Kevin Egan is welcoming Stephen with these words, or that Stephen is thinking of the song as Egan welcomes him, or both.

John Hunt 2016

1905 recording of the first stanza of You're as Welcome as the Flowers in May, sung by Harlan and Stanley, on a black wax cylinder played on an Edison Home Phonograph. Source: YouTube.

2004 performance of four-stanza country version of You're as Welcome as the Flowers in May by Foster and Allen. Source: YouTube.