: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales

The custom of making fools on the 1st of April is one of the few old

English merriments still in general vogue. We used to say on the

occasion of having entrapped any one--

Fool, fool, April fool,

You learn nought by going to school!

The legitimate period only extends to noon, and if any one makes an

April-fool after that hour, the boy on whom the attempt is made, retorts

with the distich--

April-fool time's past and gone,

You're the fool, and I'm none!