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Cloudy Skies.

Silly ſhowers, how faſt you fall1
To keep my love at home !2
I heard her ſay but yeſterday3
She meant to gather flowers this way,4
But now ſhe will not come.5

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Stupid ſheep, how ſlow you move6
Through graſs ſhe does not tread !7
The wind turns chill, ye ſkylark’s ſtill8
What boots a ſong, what means a trill,9
When ſkies are black o’erhead ?10

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Cowſlips tall, your golden bells11
May rock and ring in vain !12
On you I vent my diſcontent,13
The dull world looks ſo different14
Through warm, grey drops of rain.15
A man stands and leans against a tree on the right-hand side of the illustration. The man looks towards multiple sheep that are spread out on the grass in front of him. There is a dog among the sheep. The top-left corner of the illustration is empty and contains the poem. In the top-centre, the word “APRIL” is superimposed onto an ornamental plate with curled edges. 1/2 page illustration is contained within a single-ruled border.