April 1 Spenser

From THE CALENDAR OF NATURE by Edmund Spenser

The legend of Jupiter, disguised as a bull, carrying off Europa by swimming across the seas of Crete, is consonant with the freshness and activity of the season.

APRILNext came fresh April, full of lustyhed,

And wanton as a kid whose horne new buds

Upon a bull he rode, the same which led

Europa floating through th’ Argolick fluds:

His horns were gilden all with golden studs,

All garnished with garlands goodly dight

Of I the fairest flowers and freshest buds

Which th’ earth brings forth ; and wet he seem’d in sight

With waves, through which he waded for his love’s delight.

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