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at a proper distance, 2


(cropped, Claude Glass effect retained)
The Oak in Yardley Chase, called Gog.
illustrating R. G. Scriven. “The Trees of Northamptonshire. No. 1. Gog.” Journal of the Northampton Natural History Society and Field Club, Vol. 1 (1880-81) : 205-206
Bodleian copy, digitized November 15, 2006

The same oak, together with Magog, are treated in Jacob George Strutt (1790-1864), his Sylva britannica : or, Portraits of forest trees, distinguished for their antiquity, magnitude, or beauty. London, 1840 edn.
at archive.org

“The seventh is Duir, the oak, the tree of the weather and the door of the seasons, the equinoxes and solstices, when winds change their direction; and this is the Aeolus chapter, as windy as a canyon, and full of doors.“

ex Guy Davenport, “Joyce’s Forest of Symbols,” in The Geography of the Imagination (1981)

...so the oak displays not it’s verdure on the sun’s first approach, nor drops it, on his first departure.

ex William Shenstone, “Unconnected Thoughts on Gardening”
The Works of — — in Verse and Prose (1764)   *

5 June 2014

oak; trees
William Shenstone, “Unconnected Thoughts” (1764); R. G. Scriven. “The Trees of Northamptonshire. No. 1. Gog;” Guy Davenport