September 26, 2006
Spruce recently quoted this moving poem:
by William Wordsworth
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:
Not loathe to furnish weapons for the Bands
Of Umfraville or Percy ere they marched
To Scotland's heaths; or those that crossed the sea
And drew their sounding bows at Azincour,
Perhaps at earlier Crecy, or Poictiers.
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. But worthier still of note
Are those fraternal Four of Borrowdale,
Joined in one solemn and capacious grove;
Huge trunks! -and each particular trunk a growth
Of intertwisted fibres serpentine
Up-coiling, and inveteratley convolved, -
Nor uninformed with Fantasy, and looks
That threaten the profane; -a pillared shade,
Upon whose grassless floor of red-brown hue,
By sheddings from the pining umbrage tinged
Perennially -beneath whose sable roof
Of boughs, as if for festal purpose decked
With unrejoicing berries -ghostly Shapes
May meet at noontide: Fear and trembling Hope,
Silence and Foresight, Death the Skeleton
And Time the Shadow; there to celebrate,
As in a natural temple scattered o'er
With altars undisturbed of mossy stone,
United worship; or in mute repose
To lie, and listen to the mountain flood
Murmuring from Glaramara's inmost caves.
Posted by: Francis | Jul 17, 2007 5:36:28 PM
I really enjoyed reading this - I had never seen it before. I thought I'd add this poem too:
"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
John Greenleaf Whittier"
Posted by: Cy | Mar 7, 2009 4:23:47 PM
Save a tree and save the environment!!
Posted by: L. Kort | Mar 7, 2009 7:39:13 PM
WOW. Great idea
Posted by: Diane | Mar 8, 2009 7:22:40 AM
Definetly a Good Poem. Most effective.
Posted by: Debbie in So Cal | Mar 8, 2009 9:27:21 AM
I can't wait to plant the giant tree seeds, too bad not one person alive today will live to see them grow to adulthood. Hoorah for the future !
Posted by: Mark | Mar 8, 2009 2:46:16 PM
Very nice idea!!
Posted by: Paul | Mar 8, 2009 7:43:48 PM
I can't wait to try my free seeds. I love trees,they are so beautiful and God's gift to mankind.
Posted by: marilyn ritter | Mar 8, 2009 10:26:20 PM
I absolutely love this poem.
Posted by: Lara Orrison | Mar 9, 2009 7:27:31 AM
Posted by: sue | Mar 9, 2009 7:37:37 AM
This is a great site! I finally can identify the difference between a fir tree and a pine tree! This has great references and I'll be using this site more often!
Posted by: Jen | Mar 9, 2009 8:10:13 AM
Wonderful i cant wait!
Posted by: heather | Mar 9, 2009 11:12:16 AM
Love the Fushia cuttings!
Posted by: Melissa | Mar 9, 2009 7:53:42 PM
this is a cool site; will pass it on to my Gardener son!!:)
Posted by: Barbara | Mar 9, 2009 8:27:24 PM
Posted by: pam hanuska | Mar 10, 2009 9:12:57 AM
Cool I have been looking for trees like a peach tree that can handle the winters up here in WI freinds of mine have a peach tree but they are very close to the Illmois border but they had really great peaches I couldn't believe that they had a peach tree in Wi that would produce that many peaches do you have any idea what type it is?
Posted by: Mary Shemon | Mar 10, 2009 5:09:37 PM
i never knew!
Posted by: Kathy Werner | Mar 10, 2009 7:26:13 PM
Love your site. Looking forward to planting trees.
Posted by: LaDonna Clark | Mar 12, 2009 1:22:21 PM
great site will pass on to my friends
Posted by: jocelyn unruh | Mar 12, 2009 9:14:27 PM
This is a very interesting site, I'm going to have to share it with my mom.
Posted by: Angela Eden | Mar 13, 2009 5:00:50 AM
love your site and SPRING is coming so i can plant
Posted by: stan smith | Mar 13, 2009 11:23:26 AM
I love to garden!
Posted by: Nancy Hobbs | Mar 14, 2009 7:40:24 AM
I am looking to plant trees or shrubs around my home and my sister-in-law is doing a lot of gardening type stuff. What is the best kind of trees and shrubs for north Texas and central Oklahoma?
Posted by: Elizabeth | Mar 16, 2009 12:08:09 AM
This is one of the coolest ideas that I think I will never get a chance to do, building a room or house around a tree. Or even the idea of building a room then planting a tree! I hope it works out for you.
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