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"Friday Weather.— The following meteorological proverb is frequently repeated in Devonshire, to denote the variability of the weather on Fridays: —
" Fridays in the week
Are never aleck."
"Aleck" for "alike," a common Devonianism. Tims Peter Pindar describes a turbulent crowd of people as being " Leek bullocks sting'd by apple-drones." Is this bit of weather-wisdom current in other parts of the kingdom ? I am induced to ask the question, because Chaucer seems to have embodied the proverb in some well-known lines, viz. : —
" Right as the Friday, sothly for to tell,
Now shineth it, and now it raineth fast,
Right so can gery Venus overcast
The hertes of hire folk, right as hire day
Is gerfull, right so changeth she aray.
Sddl is the Fiiday all the weke ylike."
The Kniglite's Tale, line 1533.
J. M. B. Totnes, Feb. 21. 1850.
NOTES AND QUERIES. [No. 19. Mar. 9. 1850.]