Rag trees are, of course, less common now. The faith that dressed them for centuries is in rapid decline. It's that fact that gives them a poignancy that's quite different to the poignancy they had in their heyday. Then it was sheer number of requests or appeals that hard-pressed believers had for the Almighty.
A thousand dancers for Patrick’s stone eyes:
each one a soul treading thin air.
A thousand clamours for Patrick’s stone ears:
each petition a gutt'ring flare.