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Borrowed days of March

The last three days of March are said to be “borrowed from April.”

March said to Aperill,
I see 3 hoggs [hoggets, sheep] upon a hill;
And if you'll lend me dayes 3
I'll find a way to make them dee [die].
The first o' them wus wind and weet,
The second o' them wus snaw and sleet,
The third o' them wus sic a free
It froze the birds' nebs to the trees.
When the 3 days were past and gane
The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling [limping] hame.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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