"Apollo, chasing Daphne, gain'd his prize
But lo! she turned to wood before his eyes."
H.P. Lovecraft, On the Vanity Of Human Ambition
"Her strength begins to fail, and, ready to sink, she calls upon her father, the river god: 'Help me, Peneus! open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger' Scarcely had she spoken, when a stiffness seized all her limbs; her bosom began to be enclosed in a tender bark; her hair became leaves; her arms became branches; her foot stuck fast in the ground as a root."
Thomas Bulfinch, Bulfinch's Mythology