The Mighty Oak.

By H. Marshall Ward (The Oak: A Popular Introduction to Forest-Botany) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By H. Marshall Ward (The Oak: A Popular Introduction to Forest-Botany) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“From small acorns, 

Mighty oaks grow”

Anon

Zorba the Geek [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Zorba the Geek [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

“Of all the trees that grow so fair,

Old England to adorn,

 Greater are none beneath the Sun,

Than Oak and Ash and Thorn.”
Rudyard Kipling.

 

 

By Illustration by George Cruikshank, scan by Steven J Plunkett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Illustration by George Cruikshank, scan by Steven J Plunkett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

” Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,

Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,

Walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns;

And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,

And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain

In a most hideous and dreadful manner.

You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know

The superstitious idle-headed eld

Receiv’d, and did deliver to our age,

This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.”

— William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

By Nheyob (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Nheyob (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

“Many parishes used to contain what became known as the Gospel Oak, a prominent tree at which part of the Gospel was read out during the Beating of the Bounds ceremonies at Rogantide in spring.” 

By Poliphilo (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Poliphilo (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Carry an acorn in your pocket – one took from the tree with it’s cup – call upon the strength of the mighty oak when ever you have need.

 

 

David Hawgood [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
David Hawgood [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
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