British Trees: With Illustrations

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S. Low, Marston, 1901 - Trees - 98 pages
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Page 90 - Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Page 26 - Below, a circling fence, its leaves are seen Wrinkled and keen; No grazing cattle, through their prickly round, Can reach to wound ; But as they grow where nothing is to fear, Smooth and unarmed the pointless leaves appear.
Page 25 - And should my youth, as youth is apt I know, Some harshness show, All vain asperities I day by day Would wear away, Till the smooth temper of my age should be Like the high leaves upon the Holly Tree.
Page 43 - How often have I paused on every charm, The sheltered cot , the cultivated farm , The never-failing brook, the busy mill, The decent church that topt the neighbouring hill, The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made!
Page 3 - SWEET bird of the meadow, oh, soft be thy rest ! Thy mother will wake thee at morn from thy nest ; She has made a soft nest, little red-breast for thee, Of the leaves of the birch and the moss of the tree.
Page 58 - In Rome upon Palm Sunday they bear true Palms, The Cardinals bow reverently and sing old Psalms ; Elsewhere those Psalms are sung 'mid Olive branches, The Holly branch supplies the place among the avalanches ; More northern climes must be content with the sad Willow.
Page 47 - Since he, so grey and stubborn now, Waved in each breeze a sapling bough; Would he could tell how deep the shade, A thousand mingled branches made; How broad the shadows of the oak, How clung the rowan * to the rock, And through the foliage showed his head, With narrow leaves, and berries red; What pines on every mountain sprung, O'er every dell what birches hung, In every breeze what aspens shook, What alders shaded every brook !
Page 64 - The stately Lime, smooth, gentle, straight, and fair, (With which no other Dryad can compare). With verdant locks, and fragrant blossoms deckt, Does a large, even, odorate shade project.
Page 8 - Upon whose nutty top A squirrel sits, and wants no other shade Than what by his own spreading tail is made ; He culls the soundest, dext'rously picks out The kernels sweet, and throws the shells about.
Page 76 - I spent three weeks in a forest composed of this tree, and day by day could not cease to admire it ; in fact, my words can be only monotonous expressions of this feeling.

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