Epigram on the First of April
Nature is rising from the dead,
Frost and Scythian snows are fled;
Boreas to his cavern creeps,
And, tired with winter-blust'ring sleeps.
Soft zephyrs from the ocean move,
The birthplace of the Queen of Love,
And o'er the meadows, hills and dales
Play with their sweet reviving gales;
Chasing all discontent and care
And ev'ry sadness, but despair.
Ah! Chloe, when, my charming fair?
John Winstanley ,1732
And a brief note on the classical allusions:
Scythia = the old name for the Russian steppe, it was a byword for cold.
Boreas = the personified north wind
Zephyrs = the mild west wind
The Queen of Love = the goddess Venus who rose from the sea, as in Boticelli's painting.
N.B. Not one fool.