Of the winds, by the roots was uptorn:
But slim Reeds at his side,
The fierce gale did outride,
Since, by bending, the burden was borne.
BEND, NOT BREAK
Source: W. J. Linton's fables in verse, with illustrations by Walter Crane: Fable 23.
Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Crane images. I like the way Crane has paired these two similar stories about the virtues of the flexible reed and the humble bush.