Thursday, 8 December 2011


The trees resolved that they should choose
Their own anointed king -
A king they would not dare refuse
To serve in everything.

Asking the olive they began:
No, I will not forsake
My oil which honours God and man
For my own title’s sake”.

The fig-tree they asked secondly:
I will not leave fruit
And sweetness for a king’s display
Which will not contribute”.

Thirdly, they spoke unto the vine:
I have new wine to please
Both God and man, so I decline
To wave above the trees”.

But finally they asked the thorn:
Have confidence in me;
Rest in my shade. But if you scorn
Fire will devour each tree”.


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