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TREES
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If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XI, v. 3)

Either make the tree food, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XII, v. 33)

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXXVII, v. 35)

Fragrant o'er all the western groves
  The tall magnolia towers unshaded.
      - Maria Brooks, written on seeing Pharamond

Worn, gray olive-woods, which seem the fittest foliage for a dream.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The place is all awave with trees,
  Limes, myrtles, purple-beaded,
    Acacias having drunk the lees
      Of the night-dew, fain headed,
        And wan, grey olive-woods, which seem
          The fittest foliage for a dream.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, An Island

Beautiful isles! beneath the sunset skies tall, silver-shafted palm-trees rise, between full orange-trees that shade the living colonade.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Father, thy hand
  Hath reared these venerable columns, thou
    Didst weave this verdant roof. Thou didst look down
      Upon the naked earth, and, forthwith, rose
        All these fair ranks of trees. They, in thy sun,
          Budded, and shook their green leaves in thy breeze,
            And shot towards heaven.
      - William Cullen Bryant

These shades
  Are still the abodes of gladness; the thick roof
    Of green and stirring branches is alive
      And musical with birds, that sing and sport
        In wantonness of spirit; while below
          The squirrel, with raised paws and form erect,
            Chirps merrily.
      - William Cullen Bryant

The groves were God's first temple. Ere man learned
  To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave,
    And spread the roof above them,--ere he framed
      The lofty vault, to gather and roll back
        The sound of anthems; in the darkling wood,
          Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down
            And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks
              And supplication.
      - William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn

Stranger, if thou hast learned a truth which needs
  No school of long experience, that the world
    Is full of guilt and misery, and hast seen
      Enough of all its sorrows, crimes and cares,
        To tire thee of it, enter this wild wood
          And view the haunts of Nature. The calm shade
            Shall bring a kindred calm, and the sweet breeze
              That makes the green leaves dance, shall waft a balm
                To thy sick heart.
      - William Cullen Bryant,
        Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood

The shad-bush, white with flowers,
  Brightened the glens; the new leaved butternut
    And quivering poplar to the roving breeze
      Gave a balsamic fragrance.
      - William Cullen Bryant,
        The Old Man's Counsel (l. 28)

Trees the most lovingly shelter and shade us when, like the willow, the higher soar their summits the lowlier their boughs.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

These blasted pines, wrecks of a single winter, barkless, branchless, a blighted trunk upon a cursed root.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Spare, woodman, spare the beechen tree!
      - Thomas Campbell

Oh, leave this barren spot to me!
  Spare, woodman, space the beechen tree!
      - Thomas Campbell, The Beech-Tree's Petition

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry,
  Of bugles going by.
      - William Bliss Carman, Vagabond Song

I sit where the leaves of the maple and the gnarled and knotted gum are circling and drifting around me.
      - Alice Cary

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
      - Willa Sibert Cather, O Pioneers!

As by the way of innuendo
  Lucus is made a non lucendo.
      - Charles Churchill, The Ghost
         (bk. II, V, 257)

The forest laments in order that Mr. Gladstone may perspire.
      - Sir Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill,
        in a speech on Financial Reform at Blackpool, referring to Gladstone's tree felling hobby

In all great arts, as in trees, it is the height that charms us; we care nothing for the roots or trunks, yet it could not be without the aid of these.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

He loves his old hereditary trees.
      - Abraham Cowley

No tree in all the grove but has its charms,
  Though each its hue peculiar.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 307)

Some boundless contiguity of shade.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II)


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