Spring: Some dissenting opinions from Bartlett's

Spring: Some dissenting opinions from Bartlett's
photo by Margaret H. Laing

While I spent most of Monday's 60-degree plus (Fahrenheit) weather laid up, fighting off a stuffy head and sore throat, I got thinking that there must be some quotations in Bartlett's for dissenters like me -- those who don't enjoy changes to "better" weather.

Here's the best of what I found. I hope you'll enjoy considering these unusual opinions along with the usual rhapsodies.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) made a springtime withdrawal that doesn't make him sound like a spring-lover to me:

"On the approach of spring I withdrew without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure."

-- "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," Chapter 49.

John Burroughs (1837-1921) carried the reaction to spring even into the title of his work:

"I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather."

-- "Is it Going to Rain?"

Why did William Browne (1591-1643)  put spring last on his list? Surely it wasn't only for the sake of the rhyme. Anyway, the seasons are all here:

"There is no season such delight can bring,

As summer, autumn, winter, and the spring."

-- "Variety" (undated)

But the real "Bah, humbug!" to spring came from William Schwenk Gilbert (1836-1911) of Gilbert & Sullivan fame:

"The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra-la,

Have nothing to do with the case."

-- "The Mikado," Act II

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  • Do you think there is any connection that 3 of the 4 are English and the weather there is consistent--consistently damp and rainy?

    It may be either winter or construction season here, but at least my fear of 14 below is over for the moment.

    In the meantime, Skilling is trying to spread the fear of drought, even though 19 inches of snow just melted.

  • In reply to jack:

    There may be a connection there, Jack. I didn't use anything but "Spring" and "Weather" as search words in the index, so it wasn't controlled for locations.

  • Margaret, you're a photographer too?

    I hope you're feeling better. Think roses.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks, I'm much better now... at the moment. Just allergies.
    As for photography, I'm not as active in it as I was when my camera was my second-favorite instrument (behind my cello). I haven't gotten used to not seeing film in the shops, let alone having a camera in my phone (which took the rose photo).
    As for thinking roses, even though I can't handle the smell of them, I still love "the rose sermon" in "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty." (That's a Sherlock Holmes story, for those who don't know.)
    We do have "much to hope from the flowers."

  • I hope you are feeling better and maybe we'll still get some snow?

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks, Kathy. Yes, I'm feeling better -- I just missed the warm day on Monday and was back to everything when it cooled off. For some reason, changing to cooler air is easier than to warmer. (My pollen allergies, maybe?)
    Snow does seem to be forecast for Sunday -- good reading and/or sewing weather, I guess.

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