Notes

Here is the version from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith:

A sunshine shower
Won't last half an hour.
As the day lengthens,
So the cold strengthens.
The fishes' cry
Is never long dry.

It seems to me like it's a blending of three separate proverbs:

1. A sunshine shower
Won't last half an hour.

2. As the day lengthens,
So the cold strengthens.

3. The fishes' cry
Is never long dry.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

The proverb at the top of the page can be found in The Nursery Rhyme Book, edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke (1897), and The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright.

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