C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • The oak, when living, monarch of the wood;
  • The English oak, which, dead, commands the flood.
  • Churchill.

  • Those green-robed senators of mighty woods,
  • Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars,
  • Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.
  • Keats.

  • The tall Oak, towering to the skies,
  • The fury of the wind defies,
  • From age to age, in virtue strong.
  • Inured to stand, and suffer wrong.
  • Montgomery.

  • 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.

  • A sturdy oak, which nature forms
  • To brave a hundred winter’s 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.

  • A song to the oak, the brave old oak,
  • Who hath ruled in the greenwood long;
  • Here’s health and renown to his broad green crown,
  • And his fifty arms so strong.
  • There’s fear in his frown when the Sun goes down,
  • And the fire in the West fades out;
  • And he showeth his might on a wild midnight,
  • When the storms through his branches shout.
  • H. F. Chorley.