The Lighter Side:
Have You Heard This Before?

  • “March comes in with an adder’s head, and goes out with a peacock’s tail.” Richard Lawson Gales
  • “Up from the sea, the wild north wind is blowing under the sky’s gray arch; Smiling I watch the shaken elm boughs, knowing It is the wind of March.” William Wordsworth
  • “Who in this world of ours their eyes In March first open shall be wise; In days of peril firm and brave, And wear a Bloodstone to their grave.” Unattributed Author
  • “Ah, March! We know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April’s violets!” Helen Hunt Jackson
  • “Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring’st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not the victory vain. Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.” William Morris
  • “March: Its motto, ‘Courage and strength in times of danger.’” William Morris
  • “Beware the ides of March.” William Shakespeare
  • “In fierce March weather White waves break tether, And whirled together At either hand, Like weeds uplifted, The tree-trunks rifted In spars are drifted, Like foam or sand.” Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • “With rushing winds and gloomy skies The dark and stubborn Winter dies: Far-off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise; March!” Bayard Taylor