A beech tree
on the slopes of the Pyrenees is just what a beech tree
here in these Carlisle woods is; and there used to be an old pine hereabouts whose twin brother I was well acquainted with in a dell among the Apennines.
After the June baby and I had been welcomed back by the other two with as many hugs as though we had been restored to them from great perils, and while we were peacefully drinking tea under a beech tree, I happened to look up into its mazy green, and there, on a branch quite close to my head, sat a little baby owl.
But looking about I saw one perched high up in the branches of the beech tree, and then to my dismay one lying dead on the ground.
And, making a sign to me to deaden the sound of my steps, he led me across the path to the trunk of a tall beech tree
, the white bole of which was visible in the darkness.
So, lie ye both here, I say, till I show you how I drub this fellow." So saying, Robin Hood stepped forth from the shade of the beech tree
, crossed the stile, and stood in the middle of the road, with his hands on his hips, in the stranger's path.
It was our beech tree
. Had the edge of the platform crumbled and let it through?
But no weather interfered fatally with my walks, or rather my going abroad, for I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree
, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines; when the ice and snow causing their limbs to droop, and so sharpening their tops, had changed the pines into fir trees; wading to the tops of the highest hills when the show was nearly two feet deep on a level, and shaking down another snow-storm on my head at every step; or sometimes creeping and floundering thither on my hands and knees, when the hunters had gone into winter quarters.
Then, with a whistling note that rose above the droning of the pit, the beam swung close over their heads, lighting the tops of the beech trees
that line the road, and splitting the bricks, smashing the windows, firing the window frames, and bring- ing down in crumbling ruin a portion of the gable of the house nearest the corner.
This was not a boast, but a hope, at once bold and devoutly humble, that he might bring the Muse(but lately come to Italy from her cloudy Grecian mountains), not to the capital, the palatia Romana, but to his own little I country'; to his father's fields, `sloping down to the river and to the old beech trees
with broken tops.'
Past the pond and along a path that followed Wine Creek he went until he came to a grove of beech trees
. There he built a fire against the side of a log and sat down at the end of the log to think.
About half a mile from the town, standing in an old park famous for its huge beech trees
, is the ancient Manor House of Birlstone.