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The happy bells shall ring Marguerite;
  The summer birds shall sing Marguerite;
    You smile but you shall wear
      Orange blossoms in your hair, Marguerite.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Wedded

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
      Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
        Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 16-20)

The kindly fruits of the earth.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Litany

Nothing great is produced suddenly, since not even the grape or the fig is. If you say to me now that you want a fig, I will answer to you that it requires time: let it flower first, then put forth fruit, and then ripen.
      - Epictetus,
        Discourses--What Philosophy Promises
         (ch. XV), (Geo. Long's translation)

The flowers of life are but visionary. How many pass away and leave no trace behind! How few yield any fruit,--and the fruit itself, how rarely does it ripen! And yet there are flowers enough; and is it not strange, my friend, that we should suffer the little that does really ripen to rot, decay, and perish unenjoyed?
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Eve, with her basket, was
  Deep in the bells and grass
    Wading in bells and grass
      Up to her knees,
        Picking a dish of sweet
          Berries and plums to eat,
            Down in the bells and grass
              Under the trees.
      - Ralph Hodgson, Eve

Each tree
  Laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th' eye
    Tempting, stirr'd in me sudden appetite
      To pluck and eat.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 30)

But the fruit that can fall without shaking,
  Indeed is too mellow for me.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Answered for

Thus do I live, from pleasure quite debarred,
  Nor taste the fruits that the sun's genial rays
    Mature, john-apple, nor the downy peach.
      - John Philips, The Splendid Shilling
         (l. 115)

The ripest peach is the highest on the tree.
      - James Whitcomb Riley, The Ripest Peach

Fruits that blossom first will first be ripe.
      - William Shakespeare

Superfluous branches
  We lop away, that bearing boughs may live.
      - William Shakespeare

Though other things grow fair against the sun,
  Yet fruits that blossom first will first be ripe.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at II, iii)

Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
  With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touched;
    For death-like dragons here affright thee hard.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Antiochus, King of Antioch at I, i)

The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
  And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
    Neighbored by fruit of baser quality;
      And so the prince obscured his contemplation
        Under the veil of wildness, which, no doubt,
          Grew like the summer grass, fastest by night,
            Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Ely at I, i)

The ripest fruit first falls, and so doth he;
  His time is spent, our pilgrimage must be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at II, i)

We at time of year
  Do wound the bark, the skin of our fruit trees,
    Lest, being overproud in sap and blood,
      With too much riches it confound itself.
        Had he done so to great and growing men,
          They might have lived to bear, and he to taste
            Their fruits of duty. Superfluous branches
              We lop a way, that bearing boughs may live.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gardener at III, iv)

The barberry and currant must escape
  Though her small clusters imitate the grape.
      - Nahum Tate, Cowley

The juicy pear
  Lies, in a soft profusion, scattered round.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons

Let other lands, exulting, glean
  The apple from the pine,
    The orange from its glossy green,
      The cluster from the vine.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Corn-Song

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