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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
April 1
Madcap April
By Tudor Jenks (1857–1922)
UNMANNERED March hath many a prank
With buffetings, but yet is frank
Who deals with Mars expects but blows;
And waxing old he milder grows.
A roguish sprite of Fickle mind        5
Young April comes; for she doth bind
Her scanty flowers in posies sweet
To throw them slyly at our feet.
Then as we think to seize the prize,
It vanishes before our eyes;        10
And April’s fools, thus lured with flowers,
Are sprinkled with quick, mocking showers.

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