There are various factors which transformed England into a nest of singing birds during the age:
(1) There was the Elizabethan content and zest for life.
(2) Foreign influence, specially of France and Italy, did much to stimulate the growth of the Elizabethan lyric.
(3) There was a renaissance of music. The Elizabethan carved for music. The richer sect had their own musicians to while away their leisure hours.
(4) Countless books of music were published of which Thomas Campion’s Books of Airs the most popular.
(5) It was an age of poetry and romance. New wonders were being discovered almost everyday. The atmosphere was surcharged with romance, and song is the very breath of romance.