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Nummits and Crummits; Devonshire Customs, Characteristics, and Folk-Lore

by John Gardner Coolidge, Sarah Hewett

About this title: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...snow, and The third is the worst day that ever blew. In a very old magazine I found the following, which leads one to suppose that the cuckoo arrives in March: In March the gilkii begin'th to sarch. In Aperal he begin'th to tell, In May he begin'th to lay, In July away he do fly. A dry April is not the farmer's will. In April wet is what the farmer would get. Till April is dead, change not a thread. What March does not want April brings along. When April blows his horn, 'Tis good for hay and corn. On the first of April crows are still sitting. April floods carry off frogs and their broods. The cuckoo comes in April. When the cuckoo comes to the bare thorn, Sell your cow and buy you corn; But when he comes to the full bit, Sell your corn and buy you sheep. If it thunders on All Fools' Day, There will be good crops of corn and hay. Fogs in April foretell a failure of the wheat crop for next year. One should look for grass in April on the top of an oak, because grass seldom springs well before the oak puts forth its leaves. Fine warm weather from Easter to Whitsuntide produces much grass and cheap butter. As the weather is on Ascension Day, so will it be the entire autumn. If it rains on Good Friday and Easter Day, There'll be plenty of grass and a little good hay. April and May between them make bread for all the year. April rains for men: May for beasts. Button to the chin till May be in. Marry in May you'll rue it for aye. No wind is colder than a May wind. For a warm, wet May The parsons do pray, For then death-fees Come their way. A May wet Was never kind yet. A cold May is kindly And fills the barn finely. A cold May is good for corn and hay. For an East wind in May it is your duty to pray. A snowstorm in May, Brings weight to the hay....

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