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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Oak
 
Thou wast a bauble once, a cup and ball,
Which babes might play with.
        Cowper.—Yardley Oak, Line 17.
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The oak, when living, monarch of the wood;
The English oak which, dead, commands the flood.
        Churchill.—Gotham, Book I. Line 303.
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A sturdy oak, which nature forms
To brave a hundred winters’ storms,
While round its head the whirlwinds blow,
Remains with root infix’d below:
When fell’d to earth, a ship it sails
Through dashing waves and driving gales
And now at sea, again defies
The threat’ning clouds and howling skies.
        Hoole’s Metastatio, Adrian in Syria, Act I. Scene 3.
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The monarch oak, the patriarch of the trees,
Shoots rising up, and spreads by slow degrees:
Three centuries he grows, and three he stays
Supreme in state; and in three more decays.
        Dryden.—Palamon and Arcite, Line 1058.
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