What does the oak signify, branches everywhere|
spreading, which bears a man's image in its cleft?
Aristotle avers that a tree is an inverted man, with
its feet stretched aloft, while its root is its head;
if its root is good, it will yield plenty of fruit;
given too little juice, will yield little or none.
If the root of a man's mind is wisdom, then
void of bad fruit, he will thrive, full of good.
Tree-of-Jesse (Is. 11:1) stained-
glass window, St. Denis, Paris,
from a Comparative Iconography
page at the Univ. of Pittsburgh
Sprouting trunk: "I have overcome
fate by enduring"
Richard Dey, The Tree of
Man's Life (London, 1559),
from Chris Mullen's Visual
Telling of Stories page