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The Mighty Yew

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 loth to furnish weapons for the bands Of Umfraville of 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. O vast circumference and gloom profound This solitary tree! a living thing Produced too slowly 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. Pere


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