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What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind's restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl's silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree.
- William Cullen Bryant,
The Planting of the Apple Tree
Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore,
All ashes to the taste.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Childe Harold (canto III, st. 34)
Art thou the topmost apple
The gathers could reach,
Reddening on the bough?
Shall I not take thee?
- William Bliss Carman, Trans. of Sappho
Oh! happy are the apples when the south winds blow.
- William Wallace Harney, Adonais
And what is more melancholy than the old apple-trees that linger about the spot where once stood a homestead, but where there is now only a ruined chimney rising our of a grassy and weed-grown cellar? They offer their fruit to every wayfarer--apples that are bitter-sweet with the moral of times vicissitude.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne,
Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse
The Blossoms and leaves in plenty
From the apple tree fall each day;
The merry breezes approach them,
And with them merrily play.
- Heinrich Heine,
Book of Songs--Lyrical Interlude
To satisfy the sharp desire I had
Of tasting those fair apples, I resolv'd
Not to defer; hunger and thirst at once
Powerful persuaders, quicken'd at the scent
Of that alluring fruit, urged me so keen.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. IX, l. 584)
Like Dead Sea fruit that tempts the eye,
But turns to ashes on the lips!
- Thomas Moore,
Lalla Rookh--The Fire Worshippers
Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,
A-top on the topmost twig--which the pluckers forgot, somehow--
Forgot it not, nay, but got it not, for none could get it till now.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beauty
The apples that grew on the fruit-tree of knowledge
By woman were pluck'd, and she still wears the prize
To tempt us in theatre, senate, or college--
I mean the love-apples that bloom in the eyes.
- Horace Smith and James Smith,
Rejected Addresses--The Living Lustres by T.M.
How we apples swim.
- Jonathan Swift, Brother Protestants
After the conquest of Afric, Greece, the lesser Asia, and Syria were brought into Italy all the sorts of their Mala, which we interprete apples, and might signify no more at first; but were afterwards applied to many other foreign fruits.
- Sir William Temple, On Gardening
There's plenty of boys that will come hankering and gruvvelling around when you've got an apple, and beg the core off you; but when they're got one, and you beg for the core, and remind them how you give them a core one time, they take a mouth at you, and say thank you 'most to death, but there ain't a-going to be no core.
- Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
Tom Sawyer Abroad (ch. I)