Time made thee what thou wast, king of the woods.
And Time hath made thee what thou art, a cave
For owls to roost in. Once thy spreading boughs
O’erhung the champaign, and the numerous flock
That grazed it stood beneath that ample cope
Uncrowded, yet safe-sheltered from the storm.
No flock frequents thee now; thou hast outlived
Thy popularity, and art become
(Unless verse rescue thee awhile) a thing
Forgotten as the foliage of thy youth.
from William Cowper’s ‘Yardley Oak’
Photograph of Paul Conneally aka Little Onion in the Charnwood Forest near Beacon Hill, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
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