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 Borrowed days of February (The).Bortell. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Borrowed days of March.
The last three days of March are said to be “borrowed from April.”   1
‘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 freeze
It froze the birds’ nebs to the trees.
When the 3 days were past and gane
The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling [limping] hame.”

 Borrowed days of February (The).Bortell. 


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