Trees (Oscar Rasbach)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-02)  CPDL #69043:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-05-02).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: This arrangement for women's voices is by Victor Harris (1869 - 1943)

General Information

Title: Trees
Composer: Oscar Rasbach
Lyricist: Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1925 this arrangement.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.