Landon in The Literary Gazette 1823/Fragments 1 2

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For other versions of this work, see The Oak - It is the last survivor of a race.

Literary Gazette, 19th April 1823, Page 251

----It is the last survivor of a race
Strong in their forest-pride when I was young.
I can remember, when for miles around,
In place of these smooth meadows and corn-fields,
There stood ten thousand tall and stately trees,
Such as had braved the winds of March, the bolt
Sent by the summer lightning, and the snow
Heaping for weeks their boughs. Even in the depth
Of hot July the glades were cool; the grass,
Yellow and parched elsewhere, grew long and fresh,
Shading wild strawberries and violets,
Or the lark's nest; and overhead, the dove
Had her lone dwelling, paying for her home
With melancholy songs; and scarce a beech
Was there without a honeysuckle linked
Around, with its red tendrils and pink flowers;
Or girdled by a brier rose, whose buds
Yield fragrant harvest for the honey-bee.
There dwelt the last red deer, those antler'd kings.----
But this is as a dream,—the plough has pass'd
Where the stag bounded, and the day has looked
On the green twilight of the forest-trees.
This Oak has no companion!----[1][2]

  1. Signature after later poem
  2. This poem appears in The improvisatrice and Other Poems (1824) as 'The Oak'