a row of reverend elms,
Long lashd by the rude winds.
Some rift half down
. . . others so thin atop
That scarce two crows could lodge in the same tree.
From Monday, 6th Sept 1824 until Sunday, 11th Sept 1825, Clare kept a Journal. Here is Ronnie Blythe on the subject... "I am writing about the more or less penniless John Clare, whose publishers have sent him a dateless 'Student’s Journal' in which they hope he will make notes for a natural history book... It has no printed dates; so Clare can start it in September".