Friday, August 10, 2012

What's the fun of August?

As our beloved curator Bill Todd used to say:

"Who's ready to have some fun?"

"What's the fun of August burning?
Weary folks are seaward turning.
In the streets torrid heats
Quiver where the fierce sun beats.

By the ocean, coolness, motion,
Beauty's found, and waves' commotion;
Breakers roaring, swimmers swimming,
Spray and foam and bubbles brimming.

Dainty crafts their white wings trimming;
Vanished health and heart returning, ---
That's the fun of August burning!"

(from St. Nicholas Illuntrated February 1874)

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