With its shores caressed by the warm, indigo blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, its lofty peaks turbaned with perpetual snow, the hoary and sacred Lebanon basks metitatively under the sunny, rarified skies of Mother Syria.
Nations were born on its western slopes; others were nursed and sheltered by its in the Orontes valley, and civilization sprouted and matured in the not distant Plains of Shinar, under its watchful and benevolent eye. Although it lacked comparative fertility, and dwellers of its slopes were compensated by a plentiful supply of hardy cedar, planted there by the hand of God.
Its inhabitants built boats, sailed seas, and furnished their only available wealth to Egypt in the south and to the valley of the Euphrates on the east. The caskets of the....