The Oak and the Brier in The Shepheardes Calender

The allegory of the Oak and the Brier in February of The Shepheardes Calender (TSC) is a difficult puzzle for over 400 years. It can be solved by one-way anagram, like other roles in TSC. Note the description of Brier and Oak:

Which made this foolish Brier wex so bold,
That on a time he cast him to scold,
And sneb the good Oak, for he was old.

“Foolish Brier” can spell Frier, which is an obsolete form of Friar. “Good Oak” can spell God; oak is an obsolete form of yoke. This can be affirmed by the wordplay of Good and God in May of TSC:

Good is no good, but if it be spend:
God giveth good for none other end.

The “Husbandman” that cuts the “good Oak” is Human, which is a one-way anagram of husbandman.

foolish Brier--frier good Oak--God husbandman--human

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