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YEW
[ Also see Trees ]

Cheerless, unsocial plant! that loves to dwell
  'Midst skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms:
    Where light-heel'd ghosts, and visionary shades,
      Beneath the wan cold moon (as fame reports)
        Embodied, thick, perform their mystic rounds.
          No other merriment, dull tree! is thine.
      - Hugh Blair

Careless, unsocial plant! that loves to dwell
  'Midst skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms:
    Where light-heel'd ghosts and visionary shades,
      Beneath the wan, cold Moon (as Fame reports)
        Embodied, thick, perform their mystic rounds
          No other merriment, dull tree! is thine.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l.22)

For there no yew nor cypress spread their glom
  But roses blossom'd each rustic tomb.
      - Thomas Campbell, Theodric (l. 22)

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
  Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
    Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
      Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark,
        Liver of blaspheming Jew,
          Gall of goat, and slips of yew
            Slivered in the moon's eclipse,
              Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
                Finger of birth-strangled babe
                  Ditch-delivered by a drab
                    Make the gruel thick and slab.
                      Add there to a tiger's chaudron
                        For th' ingredience of our cauldron.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Third Witch at IV, i)

Of vast circumference and gloom profound,
  This solitary Tree! A living thing
    Produced too slowly ever to decay;
      Of form and aspect too magnificent
        To be destroyed.
      - William Wordsworth, Yew-Trees

There is a Yew-tree, pride of Lorton Vale,
  Which to this day stands single, in the midst
    Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore.
      - William Wordsworth, Yew-Trees


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