Saturday, October 9, 2010

Crane: The Oak and The Reed

Giant Oak, in his strength and his scorn
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.


Source: W. J. Linton's fables in verse, with illustrations by Walter Crane: Fable 23.
Quercus et Harundo; Abies et Rubus

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.

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