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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Yew (Taxus)
 
Careless, unsocial plant! that loves to dwell
’Midst skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms:
Where light-heel’d ghosts and visionary shades,
Beneath the wan, cold Moon (as Fame reports)
Embodied, thick, perform their mystic rounds.
No other merriment, dull tree! is thine.
        Blair—The Grave. L. 22.
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For there no yew nor cypress spread their gloom
But roses blossom’d by each rustic tomb.
        Campbell—Theodric. L. 22.
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          Slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse.
        Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 27.
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Of vast circumference and gloom profound,
This solitary Tree! A living thing
Produced too slowly ever to decay;
Of form and aspect too magnificent
To be destroyed.
        WordsworthYew-Trees.
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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.
        WordsworthYew-Trees.
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