Sunday, March 13, 2011

Boothby: The Fir Tree and the Thorn.

The lowly and contented state
Is farthest from the wounds of fate.
A Fir upon a humble Thorn
From his high top look'd down with scorn.
"For loftiest fanes we grow," she said,
"Of us the tallest masts are made,
While thou, poor Bramble, canst produce
Nothing of ornament or use." —
"Great tree," the modest Thorn replied,
"When the sharp axe shall pierce your side,
In vain you then may wish to be
Unsought-for, and unknown like me."

Source: Boothby - Avianus 24

Abies et Rubus

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Rackham images. I like the subtle way that Rackham turns the plants into something like people!

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