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Quote, 05/12/12/

Posted by anneliese_32 6 (My Page) on
Sat, May 12, 12 at 6:44

For a hundred years I breathe and live, the flower of beauty and the bread of kindness.
I am the friendly shade in the noonday heat of summer, and I stand pencilled against the winter twilight, a silhouette for dreams. At dawning in the spring I am filled with song, the host to a thousand birds, and I decorate the autumn with pagentry and color.
Then comes the woodsman with his axe.
And still I serve.
I am the timber that builds your boat; the rafters of your cathedrals; the choirstalls of your church enriched by the magic of your carver's fingers. I am the beam that holds your house; the door of your homestead, and the lintel too. I am the handle of your hoe; the wood of your cradle; the bed on which your lay; the board of your table and the board for your bread.
When I am living, harm me not.
When I am dead, respect me and use me kindly.

Anon
Testimony of the Tree

(If somebody knows the author, please let me know)


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RE: Quote, 05/12/12/

A great finale, Anneliese - I would add: I heat your home.
This tree-hugge5r loves that


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RE: Quote, 05/12/12/

Beautiful end to a great week, thanks much. If only puny man would live by these thoughts that come to the best of us.


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