the last shall be first

Date: 2012-11-01 07:44 am (UTC)
thnidu: Tom Baker's Dr. Who, as an anthropomorphic hamster, in front of the Tardis. ©C.T.D'Alessio http://tinyurl.com/9q2gkko (Dr. Whomster)
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"Haven't seen him since, nor anyone in Cloud." I agree.

Last-born, youngest?
(Bringing to mind:
On the day of the dead, when the year too dies
shall the youngest open the oldest hills

-- Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising sequence.)

"Always winter and never Christmas" (the White Witch's reign over Narnia). And, bizarrely, the White Queen's "Jam yesterday and jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

Windy, rainy, snowy, ... haily. OED.

mast: The nuts of forest trees accumulated on the ground, used especially as food for swine. AHD4 (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edn.)

leam: Of nuts: To separate easily from the husk. Also: To shine, gleam; to light up. OED.
The first is clearly the plain reading here, but never assume just one reading with Greer!

ash-key: winged seed of the ash tree. thefreedictionary.com.
("Pickled ash keys is actually a fairly old recipe...")


the brown and starry beechmast: voilà!


to hallow is to chase with shouts or even to rouse to action with a sharp cry: cf. "Halloo!"
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