Cedar, oak (branch, shrub)

Henry the Sixth, Part III, [5.2.7-18]. Warwick. “Why ask I that? My mangleld body shows,/ My blood, my want of strength, my sick heart shows,/ That I must yield my body to the earth/ And, by my fall, the conquest to my foe./ Thus yields the cedar to the axe’s edge,/ Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle,/ Under whose shade the ramping lion slept,/ Whose top-branch overpeer’d Jove’s spreading tree/ And kept low shrubs from winter’s pow’rlful wind,/ These eyes, that now are dimm’d with death’s black veil,/ Have been piercing as the midday sun,/ To search the secret treasons of the world.”

Riverside: “Jove’s tree” is the oak.

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