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The temples of the Greeks were mostly built that is withered; its branches are blasted and in groves. “Tacitus informs us, that the first bare; no green leaf covers its boughs ; from its part in consecrating the Roman capital, con- trunk no young shoot is seen to spring; the sisted in the soldiers entering with boughs of breeze whistles in its grey moss; the blast trees, and then the vestal virgins, attended by shakes its head of age; the stom soon will boys and girls, sprinkled the floor with spring, overturn it, and strew all its dry branches with brook, and river water.

thee, O Dermid ! and with all the rest of the The oratories of the Jews were surrounded by mighty dead, in the green winding vale of olive trees, whilst in the deepest recesses of the Cona.” Phocian, one day hearing an orator forests, the Druids of Gaul, Britain, and Ger- promise many fine things to the Athenians, ex• many were accustomed to sacrifice. Virgil, claimed: "I think I now see a cypress tree ; in describing Elysium as filled with the most luxu- its leaves, its branches, and in its height riant gifts of nature, also represents that the it is beautiful, but, alas! it bears no fruit." highest bliss of the happy spirits, is to repose on Very beautiful, too, is the metaphor, with some flowery banks, or to wander among its shady delicate flattery, where Horace represents the groves. The Icelanders believe that upon the glory of Cæsar's house like a tree rising slowly summit of Boula, a mountain which po foot from its seed, and after several ages, spreading has yet ascended, there is a cavern, opening to its branches to the heavens—there towering a paradise of never-fading verdure, delightfully with as much dignity in the forest, as did shaded by trees, and abounding in large flocks of Marcellus above all other youths. Dr. Blair sheep. We know that our boasted Anglo- compares a good man to an oak, whose branches Saxon race once worshipped trees, because of the tempest may indeed bend, but whose root Canute's having forbidden this species of idola- it can never touch-a tree which may be occatry among them. When a native of Java has sionally stripped of its leaves and blossoms, but a child born, he immediately plants a cocoa-nut which still maintains its place, and in due seatree, which, adding every year a circle to its son will flourish anew. growth, indicates the age of the trees, and by Mythologists have supposed trees to be the this means the age of the child. He, in conse- residence of inferior deities, and beautiful are quence, regards the tree with affection all the some of the fictions which have arisen from this . rest of his life. The Tartar diviners assure us notion. Not to mention any from the ancients, that whoever plants trees will enjoy life to an and far superior to those of Ovid, is that of advanced age." We Christians dress our houses Tasso, where he describes Rinaldo as living in and churches with holly, bay, and cedar, as it an enchanted wood—a large myrtle surrounded were, to welcome the Nativity of our Saviour, by a hundred smaller ones. As he approaches and we sing the carols of the Advent, and we the air resounds with strains of enchanting, place in our dwellings the “ Christmas Tree," music-every tree opens, disclosing nymphs of the evergreens-beautiful emblems of the bright seraphic beauty, who, forming into a circle, weland unfading world, where Christ has gone to come him to their enchanted grove, with songs prepare endless mansions of bliss, joy, and hap- of pleasure and delight. piness for his faithful followers.

Thus is it that the forest, from time immeThe use the poets have made of trees is very morial, has been the theme of song, and to this striking, beautiful, and important. Old Homer day the sylvan solitude is the magic spell of frequently embellishes his subjects with them; romance. And truly, what can be compared to and no passage in the Illiad is more fine than the forests ? It is nature's own sanctuary. where he compares the falling of the leaves and From its ever-green moss, and its flowers, are shrubs to the fall and renovation of ancient sheda balmy freshness, whilst leaves, dew-drops families. Such illustrations are frequent in the and sunbeams seem mysteriously to dance sacred writings. Says the author of Ecclesi- through the branches, and conduct the mind by astes, “ I am exalted like a cedar in Lebanon,” an invisíble power into the realm of wonders, and

as a cypress tree upon the mountain of Such is the forest, the labyrinth of fairy tale and Hermon. I was exalted like a palm tree in table-the silent retreat of useful, solitary Engedi, and as a rose plant in Jericho; as a thought. turpentine tree I stretched out my branches, The oak is the aboriginal tree of Europe, and my branches are the branches of honour and early was reverenced

as thé Tree of and grace.” In the Psalms there is a fine alle- of Life, the precious gift of the Great gory, where the vine is made to represent the Father. Its fruit appeased the hunger of the people of Israel.

wandering hordes on the shores of Greece ; in How beautiful is the passage in Ossian, of its trunk they found a dwelling ; from beneath Malvina’s lamentation for Oscar : "I was a its roots sprang the rivulet that gave them drink. lovely tree in thy presence, Oscar, with all my The Greeks and Romans consecrated the oak branches round

me: but thy death came like a to the gods of Olympus, as from its nestling blast from the desert, and laid my green head branches were heard the voices of the future. low; the spring returned with its showers, but In the oaktops the German and the Scandinano green leaf of mine arose.” Again, when vian beheld the abode of the god of thunder, Osssian is old, blind, and weary, and almost whilot their priests cherished the sacred mistlewithout friends,'he compares himself to a tree, toe, strangoly growing on its trunk,

Thero who dried up and decayed ; " But Ossian is a tree no tree for boid, irregular beauty, which could

be compared to it; nor any offering such lining its sides with a dense shield, wards off efficient services for the first wants of man- the strong blows. Up here, the monarch of the the house of the living, the coffin for the dead-mountain bas planted his foot, ---a giant hero, the ship which conveyed the daring crusader, admirably equipped, and rejoicing to fight the and the spear for the hunters' arm. To cherish battle of the clouds with Æolus and bis wild it was a solemn duty, and the Anglo-Saxon al. combatants ;-wbile, from below, the

evergreen phabet beautifully says of it:

ivy and the honeysuckle climb and twine around

the stem, and the robin and the blackbird sing “ On the land the oak is,

fresh songs amid its branches, To the children of men,

Such is the American oak. It has seen the For the flesh a depository ;

native Indians, Columbus and Hudson, with the It travels often,

earliest colonists. It still stands, proud and Over the path of the waterfowl,

green, but there are few like it, by which we may

count back the boundary marks of past history. Exploring the lake.

In this land the fatal axe is too unsparingly Let each one possess an oak

wielded against what is planted by the hand of The noble tree !"

Nature, and we say,

6 Woodman, spare that

tree.” Old England, 80 poor in forests, does Luxuriance and vigour unite in its growth, differently-she shows great veneration for these from the far reaching'root to the firm, shield-liké truthful witnesses of the past. Proud is she of leaf. There stands the oak, the tree of strength, her oaks, and has a right to be so. In Sherwood the monarch of the forest (quercus rober), with Forest to this day stands the tree under whose its daring zigzag branches, and grand crooked-branches King John gave audience, and perhaps ness of stem. This is the hoar king of the in bis time it was centuries old. There stands forest, to whom the eagle resorts, and heroes the very oak in which famed Robin Hood pre. take for an example. How fitting and ingeni-sided when the royal deer were cut up and disous the device of the English kings when they tributed. There, too, is the parliament oak, in ascended the throne, to select an oak to bear which he held his meetings, with the green oak their name, and carry it down to coming of the valley, in whose towering and branched generations.

trunk the bold outlaw met his merry company. The beroic nature of the tree seems to be pro- | In the New forest a stone points out where, claimed by another circumstance: it is seldom until a hundred years ago, the oak tree once seen in a crowd ; mostly standing alone, or stood, beneath whose branches William Rufus mingled with other trees of different foliage. fell by Tyrrell's hand. Thus, the old trees of In low plains it is often associated in fine groups, England call to mind memorable scenes and and forms a picture for the painter. Such a personages. What protected these oaks ? The beautiful sight have we seen in the “ Live Oak spirit of reverence for law and self respect. Plantation,” as it is called, belonging to the This it is which watches over and preserves her United States, along Santa Rosa Sound, Florida. relics, monuments, and trees. So should it be This sheet of water extends some twelve miles with us. amidst meadows of luxuriant green, with clear, white sandy shores. Here and there, the stag, but seldom disturbed, raises his proud antlers, as if listening to cries from afar. As our little self-moving steamer passed along, pleasant peeps were obtained between the dark, grotesque zigzag trunks, while through the deep, soleinn

PRAYSE OF GOODE WYMEN. masses of green foliage, there glided silently the golden sunbeams.

BY ROBERTE OF GLOUCESTER, ANXO 1400. On the mountains, however, we have seen the oak in all its native grandeur, and amidst the aboriginal Alleghanies. There you may behold Nothing is to manne so dear those monarchs, whose age is a thousand years. As wymene's love in good mannere ; Reubens' and other pencils bave painted such. Par above Nature's wails of rock, the roots gripe

A good woman is manne's blysse with distorted grasp, deep into the stony ribs, as

Where her love right and steadfast it. if they would cleave the earth. Then, the noble There is no solas under heven tree shoots and grows upwards out of the earth

Of all that to a manne may neven, slowly, but of gigantic size, even unto the pathway of the clouds. Like impenetrable armour,

That should a manne clinging to, the deeply-scared bark fastens itself around the

As a good woman that loveth true. body and limbs of the giant of the woods. The knotty branches show great strength, and when

Nought dearer is in God's family, the boisterous north wind hurls his darts against

Than a pure woman who speaketh lovelily. the iron trunk, the shaggy covering of moss,

Neven-Have knowledge of,

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FIRST FIGURE: Evening Toilet. - Dress unbroken trellis pattern between the puffs, from composed of a first skirt of white satin ; second the beginning of the corset to the base of the skirt, a long train made of green satin ; short skirt. The proper coiffure with this dress sleeves. A chemisette of tulle illusion. Mignon sprays of myosotis.. :: coiffure, accompanied by velvet foliage, with Feather trimmings are much in vogue, and amber fruit and long tresses, intertwined with are worn on dresses, paletots, and inside and foliage hanging down on the shoulders.

outside of bonnets ; indeed, we have seen a SECOND FIGURE: Visiting Toilet. – Half Paris shape covered with a fanchon of the downy short. This dress consists of a first skirt made marabout, which appeared all that ladies comof violet cashmere; second skirt, of black prehend in the expression “A love of a bonnet." pou de soie. Body round at the waist. Double Fringes, too, of all sorts are greatly worn-of sleeves, the second pair hanging considerably jet, amber, emerald, white and gold beads, and below the elbow. If desired the violet cash- glands; pearls also and crystal are greatly used mere may be replaced by satin of the same tint in this way. Empire bonnet of black velvet, ornamented with Flowers chosen at will, and disposed in a roses inside and out.

multitude of agrafes, are worn on ball-dresses, There seems to be no medium in the eccen- and in coiffures. tricities of fashion, and the last caprice in even- The newest silk robes are of full shades; ing dress affects a first skirt that almost traces many of them are embroidered en tablier, in the figure: this is made of white satin. The black silk. The newest poplins are brocaded second skirt is likewise of satin, almost with tiny bouquets of very bright flowers. Hat. The first skirt is ornamented at the lase Satins are, and will be, very much worn: they are with three rows of cherry-coloured ribbon of exquisite texture and of rich sbades. Where velvet ; the second is cut into deep scallops and short dresses are adopted—and as yet they are edged with the same. In the hair groups of by no means prevalent- the plan is to wear very cherry-coloured velvet.

i small round hoops; the petticoat, which has A second ball-dress of blue velvet is also very little fulness, is made just to clear the without plaits at the waist, and is accompanied ground. The dress, of the same material, is by a square-cut corselet, with silver gimp trim.' made a quarter of a yard shorter, the edge being mings. Long loose sleeves. Hair to be dressed cut out in scallops, points, or turrets. in the Empire style.

Though fancy under-skirts are greatly worn, A third model is composed of a jonquil satin plain scarlet promises to be the favourite

, espedress with a long train, and a trimming in the cially through the skating season. Jannings, of apton form in front, formed of puffings sepa- Oxford Street, has produced a novelty, consistrated by satin rolls; with this dress gold chains ing of a bordering of patent leather cut as should be worn in the hair.

described above, and bordered with buttons A fourth model consists of a light blue silk and braid. As this border is washable without dress, covered with a tulle skirt, puffed from removal from the skirt, the latter has great top to bottom with blue satin rolls, forming an advantage over other forms of jupons.


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