National Geographic : 1958 Dec
© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Veined beauty of a petrified tree on Lesvos has drawn the curious through the ages. Sappho, the island's famed poet who lived about 600 B.C ., must have seen it when she wrote: "No hill was there, nor holy place, nor water-brook, whither we did not go...." Lines from a 10th-century manuscript appear like jewels set in gold. A monastery on Patmos treasures the copy. On this island St. John composed The Revelation 768 after hearing "a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying... What thou seest, write...."