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Some there are who grudge thee the honour of the month, and would snatch it from thee, Venus. For they say that April was named from the open (apertum) season, because spring then opens (aperit) all things, and the sharp frost-bound cold departs, and earth unlocks her teeming soil, though kindly Venus claims the month and lays her hand on it.

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Source Notes: Fasti 4.85 ff., in Ovid in Six Volumes (Loeb Classical Library), vol. 5, trans. James George (1989).

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Engraved frontispiece of George Sandys's 1632 London edition of Ovids Metamorphosis Englished.

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