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Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871 / Chambers's book of days, a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character
Vol. I (1879)

April,   pp. 452-564 PDF (74.3 MB)


Page 452

APRIL
Next came fresh April, full of lustyhed,
And wanton as a kid whose horne new buds;
Upon a bull he rode, the same which led
Europa floating through th' Argolick finds
His horns were gilden all with golden studs,
And garnished with garlands goodly sight,
Of all the fairest flowers and freshest buds,
Which th' earth brings forth; and wet he seemed in sight
With waves through which he waded for his love's delight.
SPENSER.
(DESCRIPTIVE.)
presents no pret-
tier picture than
that   of  green
fields, with rustic
stiles between
the openings of the hedges, where
old footpaths go in and out, wind-
ing along, until lost in the dis-
tance; with children scattered here and
there, singly or in groups, just as the
daisies are, all playing or gathering flowers.
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With what glee they rush about ! chasing one
another in zigzag'lines like butterflies, tumbling
here, and running there; one lying on its back,
laughing and shouting in the sunshine; another,
prone on the grass, is pretending to cry, in order
to be picked up. A third, a quiet little thing,
with her silky hair hanging all about her sweet
face, sits patiently sticking daisy-buds on the
thorns of a leafless branch, that she may carry
home a tree of flowers. Some fill their pinafores,
others sit decorating their caps and bonnets, while
one, whose fair brow has been garlanded, danices
as she holds un the skirt of her little fro, k daintily


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