This is the weather the cuckoo likes, and so do I
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes and nestlings fly
And the little brown nightingale bills his best,
And they sit outside at the Traveller’s Rest,
And maids come forth sprig-muslin dressed,
And citizens dream of the south and west, and so do I.
This is the weather the family craves and so do I
When sunlight dapples the lapping waves and seagulls cry,
And children scamper along the shore
Clad in shorts and nothing more,
And Grannies in deckchairs gently snore
And wake expecting tea at four, and so do I.
This is the weather the shepherd shuns, and so do I
When beeches drip in browns and duns and thresh and ply
And hill-hid tides throb throe on throe
And meadow rivulets overflow
And drops on gate-bars hang in a row
And rooks in families homeward go, and so do I.
This is the weather most people hate and so do I
When mornings are dark till half past eight and cold winds sigh,
And purple clouds bode sleet or snow
And leafless trees stand row on row
And frozen streams no longer flow,
And cars with flat batteries refuse to go, and so do I!
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Weathers, 1922. and Harry Payne (1944 – ), Southwell.