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Thu, 09 Oct 2008
THE WHITE THORN OF GLASTONBURY

 THE WHITE THORN OF GLASTONBURY

        As the lily is the national flower of France, so the rose is the national flower of England, and we associate the pine with New England history and scenery, so we associate the oak with the scenery and history of Old England. Yet after all it is neither the trellised roses nor the oak groves that will first impress the foreign visitor in England as the prevailing characteristic of an English Landscape. Rather it will be in the hedges of holly and hawthorn, with its pink or white blossoms, in the spring, and the holly with its glossy leaves, attractive at all seasons and its red berries lighting up the wintery road side when the blossoms have long fallen from bush and tree.
       The hedgerows of England, how beautiful they are! whether we see them close at hand, as we walk between them through some narrow country lane, or look down on them from some hillside, and see them intersecting here and there, stretching away for miles across the green fields and soft rolling slopes to the misty horizon. This is my favourite memory of England;
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