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Hesiod, Works and Days, line 536 (search)
vers and is raised high above the earth by windstorm, and sometimes it turns to rain towards evening, and sometimes to wind when Thracian Boreas huddles the thick clouds. Finish your work and return home ahead of him,and do not let the dark cloud from heaven wrap round you and make your body clammy and soak your clothes. Avoid it; for this is the hardest month, wintry, hard for sheep and hard for men. In this season let your oxen have half their usual food, but let your man have more;for the helpful nights are long. Observe all this until the year is ended and you have nights and days of equal length, and Earth, the mother of all, bears again her various fruit. When Zeus has finishedsixty wintry days after the solstice, then the star ArcturusFebruary to March. leaves the holy stream of Ocean and first rises brilliant at dusk. After him the shrilly wailing daughter of Pandion, the swallow, appears to men when spring is just beginning.Before she comes, prune the vines, for it is best so.
Hesiod, Works and Days, line 609 (search)
But when Orion and Sirius are come into midheaven,and rosy-fingered Dawn sees Arcturus,September then cut off all the grape-clusters, Perses, and bring them home. Show them to the sun ten days and ten nights: then cover them over for five, and on the sixth day draw off into vessels the gifts of joyful Dionysus. But whenthe Pleiades and Hyades and strong Orion begin to set,The end of October. then remember to plough in season: and so the completed yearThat is, the succession of stars which make up the full year. will fitly pass beneath the earth.But if desire for uncomfortable sea-faring seize you when the Pleiades plunge into the misty seaThe end of October or beginning of November. to escape Orion's rude strength, then truly gales of all kinds rage. Then keep ships no longer on the sparkling sea, but be sure to till the land as I bid you. Haul up your ship upon the land and pack it closely with stonesall round to keep off the power of the winds which blow damply, and draw out the bil