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Thirty Days Hath
September Quotations

Welcome to my page of rhymes to help remember how many days are in each month, as well as a few cute parody poems. Thanks to Michael Aislabie Denham for pointing the way to some of these.  —ღ Terri

Thirty dayes hath November,
April, June, and September,
Twenty and eyght hath February alone,
And all the rest thirty and one,
But in the leape you must add one.
~William Harrison, 1577

Aprill, June, and September,
Thirty daies have as November;
Ech month else doth never vary
From thirty-one, save February;
Wich twenty-eight doth still confine,
Save on Leap-yeare, then twenty-nine.
~Cambridge Almanac for 1635

Thirty Days hath Fruit-bearing September,
Moist April, Hot June, and cold November:
Short February Twenty Eight alone;
The other months, have either Thirty One;
And February, when the Fourth Year's run,
Does gain a Day from the swift moving Sun!
~Verse quoted in J. S., The Shepherd's Kalender: or, The Citizen's and Country Man's Daily Companion, c. 1730

Days twenty-eight in second month appear,
And one day more is added each leap year:
The fourth, eleventh, ninth, and sixth months run
To thirty days, — the rest to thirty-one.
~Society of Friends, 1800s

Thirty days
Hath September
June and the
Speed offender
~Burma-Shave advertisement road signs, 1960

Thirty days, thirty days,
Glad September brings to you,
April, June, thirty days,
And November, too;
February passes on;
All the rest have thirty-one;
Twenty-eight, twenty-nine,
February's done.
~Laura Rountree Smith, Two Hundred Games That Teach, 1923

Dirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
From January up to May
The rain it raineth every day.
All the rest have thirty-one
Without a blessed gleam of sun;
And if any of them had two-and-thirty
They'd be just as wet and twice as dirty.
~Murray Hill, c. 1860  [the meteorological year of Ireland —tg]

Thirty days November hath,
Unfit for human living,
Including one Election Day,
And a hide-and-seek Thanksgiving.
An encouraging month November is
For burglary and mayhem;
It's night for most of the afternoon,
And P.M. most of the A.M.
There may be virtues in November,
But if there are I can't remember.
~Ogden Nash, "No, No, November," 1941

It is frequently asked, "Why must February have only 28 days? Why can't you borrow one day from the end of January and one day from the beginning of March and make all three months 30 days long?" The answer is that while you can end January on the 30th, you can't begin March on the 2nd. ~Robert Brault, 2014,

Sir Raderick:  How many dayes in September?
Immerito:  Aprill, Iune and Nouember, February hath 28 alone and all the rest hath 30 and one.
~The Return from Parnassus, or the Scourge of Simony, 1601

Thirty dayes hath November,
April, June, and September;
February hath XXVIII alone,
And all the rest have XXXI.
~Richard Grafton, Abridgement of the Chronicles of England, 1570

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
But February twenty-eight alone,
Except in leap-year, once in four,
When February has one day more.
~Variant of the rhyme, c. 1840s

"Thirty days hath September,"
      Every person can remember;
      But to know when Easter comes
      Puzzles even scholars some.
When March the twenty-first is past
      Just watch the silvery moon,
      And when you see it full and round,
      Know Easter'll be here soon.
After the moon has reached its full,
      Then Easter will be here,
      On the very Sunday after,
      In each and every year.
And if it hap on Sunday
      The moon should reach its height,
      The Sunday following this event
      Will be the Easter bright.
~Boston Transcript, 1895

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February eight-and-twenty all alone,
And all the rest have thirty-and-one;
Unless that leap-year doth combine,
And give to February twenty-nine.
~The Young Man's Companion, 1703

Thirtie days hath September,
April, June, and November;
The rest have thirtie-and-one,
Save February alone,
Which monthe hath but eight-and-twenty meere;
Save when it is bissextile, or leap-yeare.
~Arthur Hopton, A Concordancy of Years, 1615

November's days are thirty:
November's earth is dirty,
Those thirty days, from first to last;
And the prettiest things on ground are the paths...
Few care for the mixture of earth and water,
Twig, leaf, flint, thorn,
Straw, feather, all that men scorn,
Pounded up and sodden by flood,
Condemned as mud.
~Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "November"

Thirty days are in September,
The same in April, June, November;
The other months have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
In which but twenty-eight appear,
Or twenty-nine in each leap-year.
~James Maginness, Arithmetical Instructor, 1821

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
All the rest have thirty one,
Once short February's done.
~Variant of the rhyme, c. 1970s

Thirty days has September,
April, June, and November;
When short February's done,
All the rest have thirty-one.
~Variant of the rhyme, c. 1970s

...Except in leap year, at which time,
February's days are twenty-nine.
~Variant ending of the rhyme, Youth's Instructor, 1814

...But leap year cometh once in four,
And gives to February one day more.
~Variant ending of the rhyme, 1830s

...Bissextile comes one year in four,
When February has one day more.
~Variant ending of the rhyme, c. 1800

      The Knuckle Calendar: If you double up your fist and hold the back towards you, the knuckles and depressions between them will be very prominent. Begin on the knuckle of the first finger to count off the months as follows:
      January, first knuckle; February, first depression; next knuckle, March; next depression April; next knuckle, May; next depression, June; next knuckle, July. Here you go back to the first knuckle and start with August; next depression, September; next knuckle, October; next depression, November, and the knuckle, December. According to this the long months come on the knuckles and the short ones on the depressions. ~Folk-Lore from Maryland, collected by Annie Weston Whitney and Caroline Canfield Bullock, 1925

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