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PALM
[ Also see Trees ]

As the palm-tree standeth so straight and so tall,
  The more the hail beats, and the more the rains fall.
      - Simon Dach, Annie of Tharaw (l. 11),
        (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's translation)

First the high palme-trees, with braunches faire,
  Out of the lowly vallies did arise,
    And high shoote up their heads into the skyes.
      - Edmund Spenser, Virgil's Gnat (l. 191)

Next to thee, O fair gazelle,
  O Beddowee girl, beloved so well;
    Next to the fearless Nedjidee,
      Whose fleetness shall bear me again to thee;
        Next to ye both I love the Palm,
          With his leaves of beauty, his fruit of balm;
            Next to ye both I love the Tree
              Whose fluttering shadow wraps us three
                With love, and silence, and mystery!
      - Bayard Taylor, The Arab to the Palm

Of threads of palm was the carpet spun
  Whereon he kneels when the day is done,
    And the foreheads of Islam are bowed as one!
      To him the palm is a gift divine,
        Wherein all uses of man combine,--
          House and raiment and food and wine!
            And, in the hour of his great release,
              His need of the palms shall only cease
                With the shroud wherein he lieth in peace.
                  "Allah il Allah!" he sings his psalm,
                    On the Indian Sea, by the isles of balm;
                      "Thanks to Allah, who gives the palm!"
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Palm-Tree

What does the good ship bear so well?
  The cocoa-nut with its stony shell,
    And the milky sap of its inner cell.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Palm-Tree


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