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FIGS
[ Also see Fruits Trees ]

Close by a rock, or less enormous height,
  Breaks the wild waves, and forms a dangerous strait;
    Full on its crown, a fig's green branches rise,
      And shoot a leafy forest to the skies.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XII, l. 125), (Pope's translation)

So counsel'd he, and both together went
  Into the thickest wood; there soon they chose
    The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renowned,
      But such as at this day to Indians known
        In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms,
          Branching so broad and long, that in the ground
            The bended twigs take rood, and daughters grow
              About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade
                High overarch'd, and echoing walks between.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 1,099)


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