as the day lengthens, so the cold strengthens

1631 E. PELLHAM God’s Power 27 The New Year now begun, as the Days began to lengthen, so the Cold began to strengthen.

1639 J. CLARKE Parœmiologia Anglo-Latina 18 As the day lengthens so the cold strengthens.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 52 As the Day lengthens the Cold strengthens. It is often found that February and March are much more cold and piercing than December or January.

1899 A. WEST Recollections II. xxi. The weather at this time was bearing out the old adage and the cold strengthened as the days lengthened.

1978 R. WHITLOCK Calendar of Country Customs iii. As the day lengthens, So the cold strengthens, is still a well-known country proverb, applicable to January and early February.


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