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these monumental inscriptions, tells us there were two hundred of them. The columns on which they were fixed served also to bear up the vast limbs of the tree, which began through age to become unwieldy. Thus this mighty plant stood many years in great state, the ornament of the town, the admiration of the country, and supported, as it were, by the princes of the empire. At length it felt the effects of war. Niestad was surrounded by an enemy, and the limbs of this venerable tree were mangled in wantonness by the besieging troops. Whether it still exists, I know not; but long after these injuries it stood a noble ruin, discovering, by the foundations of the several monuments, which formerly propped its spreading boughs, how far its limits had once extended.
I shall next celebrate the Lime of Cleves. This, also, was a tree of great magnificence. It grew in an open plain, just at the entrance of the city, and was thought an object worthy to exercise the taste of the magistracy. The burgomaster of his day had it surveyed with great accuracy, and trimmed into eight broad, pyramidal faces. Each corner was supported by a handsome stone pillar; and in the middle of the tree, among the branches, was cut a noble room, which the vast space contained within easily suffered, without injuring the regularity of any of the eight faces. To crown all, the top was curiously clipped into some kind of head, and adorned artificially, but in what manner, whether with the head of a lion, or a stag, a weather-cock, or a sun-dial, we are not told. It was something, however, in the highest style of Dutch taste. This tree was long the admiration and envy of all the states of Holland.
WILLIAM GILPIN, 1724-1807.
Rippling through thy branches goes the sunshine,
While all the forest, witched with slumberous moonshine,
Upon the brink of some wood-nestled lakelet,
Slopes quivering down the water's dusky quiet,
Thou art the go-between of rustic lovers ;
J. R. LOWELL.
FROM THE OXRMAX.
O hemlock-tree! O hemlock-tree! how faithful are thy branches !
Green not alone in summer time,
But in the winter's frost and rime! O hemlock-tree! O hemlock-tree! how faithful are thy branches !
O maiden fair! O maiden fair! how faithless is thy bosom!
To love me in prosperity,
And leave me in adversity
The nightingale! the nightingale thou tak’st for thine example!
So long as summer laughs she sings,
But in the autumn spreads her wings; The nightingale! the nightingale thou tak'st for thine example !
The meadow-brook, the meadow-brook is mirror of thy falsehood!
It flows so long as falls the rain ;
In drought its springs soon dry again; The meadow-brook, the meadow-brook is mirror of thy falsehood ! Anonymous.
Translation of H, W. LONGFELLOW. THE OAK.
IMITATED FROM THE ITALIAN OF METASTASIO.
The tall oak, towering to the skies,
O'erwhelmed at length, upon the plain
ON AN ANCIENT OAK.
FROM THE GREEK OF AXTIPIILUS.
Hail, venerable boughs, that in mid sky
Translation of J. H. MERIVALE
And such I knew a forest seer,
But he would come in the very hour
In unplowed Maine he sought the lumberer's gang,
The timid it concerns to ask their way,
R. W. EMERSOX.
Those who have only lived in forest countries, where vast tracts are shaded by a dense growth of oak, ash, chestnut, hickory, and other trees of deciduous foliage, which present the most pleasing varieties of verdure and freshness, can have but little idea of the effect produced on the feelings by aged forests of pine, composed in great degree of a single species, whose towering summits are crowned with one dark-green canopy, which successive seasons find unchanged, and nothing but death causes to vary. Their robust and gigantic trunks rise a hundred or more feet high in purely proportioned columns before the limbs begin to diverge; and their tops, densely clothed with long, bristling foliage, intermingle so closely as to allow of but slight entrance to the sun. Hence the undergrowth of such forests is comparatively slight and thin, since none but shrubs and plants that love the shade can flourish under this perpetual exclusion of the animating and invigorating rays of the great exciter of the vegetable world. Through such forests, and by the merest foot-paths in great part, it was my lot to pass many miles almost every day; and had I not endeavored to derive some amusement and instruction from the study of the forest itself, my time would have been as fatiguing to me as it was certainly quiet and solemn. But wherever Nature is, and under whatever form she may present herself, enough is always proffered to fix attention and to produce pleasure, if we will condescend to observe with carefulness. I soon found that even a pineforest was far from being devoid of interest.
Join M. GODMAN, 1795-1829.