To see Lebanon and its cedars was, in ancient times, accounted a great privilege; and the anxious desire with which Moses and the people of Isreal, whilst jour-ueytog in Egypt, looked forward to this favored part of the Land of Promise, may be gathered from the earnest language of the patriarch: - " I pray thee," he says, " let me go over and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.'*

Its its living state, the cedar, no doubt, conferred a very peculiar and striking character to the scenery of the east; its depth of green, and the disposition of its branches, rendered it "for glory and beauty" unequalled amongst all the objects of the vegetable kingdom. Mechanically considered, it was equally sought after mod prised. Jupiter's sceptre was attributed either to the cedar or cypress, a symbol of the eternity of his empire, because the tree was considered free from corruption. In the temple of Apollo at Utica, tin wood of this tree was found nearly 2,000 years old. Sesostris, king of Egypt, boityu vessel of 280 cubits, gilded without and within, with the cedar wood. It is highly pro bable, too, that king Solomon, who "made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is he side Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea," drew largely upon Lebanon for suon-an under taking; but whilst there is some doubt on this point, it is certain that .the timber employe ed in building the sumptuous Temple and palace of Jerusalem was of this tree, and of the growth of Lebanon. " All was cedar, - there was no stone seen." It appears, further that the infatuated idolator chose this wood for forming his favorite images; for it is recorded, that in a Spanish oratory, consecrated to Diana, some centuries before the destr actum of Troy, beams and figures of this wood were found of great antiquity.

In the fa mous Ephesian temple, the statue of the goddess, " whom all Asia and the world war-Bhipped," was reputed to be of this material, as was the most of the timber-work of that glorious structure. The idol, too, "which fell down from Jupiter," so olosely consulted by those at Ephesus, was fashioned of the same wood; and it is probable that the,moat of the "graven images" of all idolatrous nations were of cedar, because in ancient times it was not only greatly prised for its beauty, but invested with imperishable qualities. Such are some of the traits of the cedar, one of the grandest ligneous products of either hemisphere, and far excelling others in sacred historical remembrance. It rightfully takes its place on the tops of mountains, and associates, naturally, with no trees except its own kindred--* the pines and firs. Though generally dwarfed and stunted in this country, by being placed in situations and soils unfavorable to the development of its unrivalled character, it may be seen in a few instances exhibiting something of that extraordinary beauty which distinguished it in the days of Solomon, and rendered it the boast of Syria.

Cavillers there are who insist that the sedar of the Bible cannot be that of Mount Lebanon, as the tree cannot be considered very lofty. Let all such get a sight of a tree of this sort, growing at the seat of Robert Marsham, Esq., Stratton Strawless, Norfolk noble, upright specimen , with a branchless trunk of about forty feet.

Next in importance is the Oak. It will not be neceseary to dwell at any length on this tree, as its associations both sacred and classical are well known to every one. The object of this paper is to offer, if possible, new and striking features. It is scarcely to be wondered at that this grand object bearing, when in perfection, such an immense burden of boughs and spray, with a tufted, irregular, and consequently picturesque outline, should have been selected as an object worthy of so much veneration. A chain of exalted remembrance is linked to it in the mind of all those who have read any classical author; and in the bible there are several incidents connected with it, sufficient to hand it down as a venerated object to the latest ages of the world. The patriarch Abraham spread his tent under the oak of Mamre, and formed a grove of this tree for the accommodation of his family and friends, where they might rest their weary limbs and drooping bodies in the heat of the day. Under an oak Joshua set up the tabernacle of the Lord, that the congregation might with comfort perform the public services of religion.

How highly the descendants of Jacob valued those oaks which grew on Bashaa may be gathered from-a remark in the book of Ezekiel with reference to Tyre - "of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars." Throughout the east it was customary to bury the dead under an oak, so that the relations might sit over the grave screened from the fierce heat of the sun. This imperial plant, even "Jove's own tree, Tint holds the woods in a..wful sovreigaty," was well known all over Greece, end forms the basis of many a Hellenic legend. According to some, Jupiter's might was derived from the oak; and with a disinterestedness worthy of imitation, he no sooner felt its power within him, than this father of gods and men set himself to the task of teaching mankind to live upon acorns, so that they might participate in his puissance The temple and oracle of this god in Dodona, the most ancient in all Greece, was surrounded by oaks, which, with the ground in the neighborhood, was endued with a prophetic spirit. The oaks, therefore, became endowed with this gift, and delivered oracles. So far as the classic page is concerned, the voice of antiquity directs us to no tree more generally than the oak.

It grew chiefly and in great abundance on the slopes and heights of Hellas, introduced, it is true, near to residences, for the sake of its umbrageous and cool arches in summer time; but still in its greatest perfection in the magnificent solitudes far from the busy hum of men. The state of art, of poetry, and elegance in Athens might have been pretty correctly ascertained from a simple fact connected with this object - the intense, yet discriminating delight with which the people looked upon the beauties of the oak in its numerous varieties, during its gorgeous autumnal appearance. Notwithstanding our advance in civilisation and refinement, and love for sylvan imagery, it is questionable whether we are yet up to the mark of that taste which the Athenians exhibited in all that relates to trees and planting.