From this simple ground, this snugly coddled earthy crib, Is sprung a simple sapling. It's set among the flora forest floor to bide, From seed to solid sway Across time to set roots and growth for ages: A base for branching beauty. And thickening rings of age and brutal bark Are growth of greater gain. The years that make that sapling sing to major oak Shall join with jaunty joy When that crowning glory, topped with golden gleam, shall peak the perfect progress And dream the divine dream.
Henry V of England was crowned today in 1413.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, was born today in 1806.