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If the Oak is out before the Ash,
T'will be a summer of wet and splash;
But if the Ash is out before the Oak,
T'will be a summer of fire and smoke.
When the Hawthorne bloom too early shows,
We shall have still many snows.
When the Oak puts on his goslings gray,
'Tis time to sow barley, night or day.
When Elm leaves are big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans if you are willing;
When Elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans if you wish to have any.