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    Smile let a man be as supple as a reed

    At all times let a man be as supple as a reed and not rigid as a cedar
    I understood the meaning of the sentence I quoted above. My question is whether it is an English saying or not. If yes, I'd like to copy it down in by notebook.

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    Re: let a man be as supple as a reed

    No - the normal comparison is between something that bends with the wind - grass or a reed - and an oak, and the collocation with "reed" is "bend like a reed". The traditional song O Waley Waley uses the image of an oak:

    I leaned my back against an oak
    Thinking that he was a trusty tree
    But first it bent and then it broke
    And so did my false love to me

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    Smile Re: let a man be as supple as a reed

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    No - the normal comparison is between something that bends with the wind - grass or a reed - and an oak, and the collocation with "reed" is "bend like a reed". The traditional song O Waley Waley uses the image of an oak:

    I leaned my back against an oak
    Thinking that he was a trusty tree
    But first it bent and then it broke
    And so did my false love to me

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    Thank you for your answer, BobK.

    Sarah Brightman has rendered this song. I love her works much, eg. Time to Say Goodbye, The Music of the Night.

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