beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from harm

Advice on where to shelter from lightning during a thunderstorm.

1878 Folk-Lore Record I. 43 Mothers teach their children to say—Beware of an oak, It draws the stroke; Avoid an ash; It counts the flash; Creep under the thorn, It can save you from harm.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise xvii. Some one would..warn him to keep away from trees during a thunderstorm... Others would quote: Under oak there comes a stroke, Under elm there comes a calm, And under ash there comes a crash.


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  • oak — see when the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • ash — see when the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • beware — see let the buyer beware beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from harm …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • thorn — see beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from harm he who plants thorns should not expect to gather roses no rose without a thorn do not grieve that rose trees have… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • stroke — see different strokes for different folks little strokes fell great oaks beware of an oak, it draws the stroke; avoid an ash, it counts the flash; creep under the thorn, it can save you from harm …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary


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