Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Trees

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1922

Comments

Trees

Poem by Joyce Kilmer

Music by Oscar Resbach

New York: G. Schirmer (1922)

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Lyrics:

I think 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 robbins 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.

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