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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