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O Christmas Tree
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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
O green fir tree, gives us delight!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!
How often you give us delight
In brightly shining Christmas light!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!
 
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson
That constant faith and hope sublime
Lend strength and comfort through all time.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.
Reminding me on Christmas Day
To think of you and then be gay.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.

This poem is in the public domain.
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This carol that we all know and love is based on a 16th century German folk song that, at its origin, had nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas. And though there are two or three names credited with certain sets of lyrics (one about an ill-fated love affair, in which the purity and steadfastness of the fir tree were compared to a woman who was neither!), there are so many lyric variations that it would be impossible to properly credit any one writer. Not until the mid-1800s, when fir trees first began to be used as Christmas trees in Germany, did the song become associated with that holiday. This version includes a blend of the verses we like best.

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This filled my heart with music ~ the music of glad Christmas memories... Thank you ~ Judy
Posted 12/08/2012 11:28 AM
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This filled my heart with music ~ the music of glad Christmas memories... Thank you ~ Judy
Posted 12/08/2012 11:28 AM
KevinArnold:
Wonderful poem/song that underscores the ancient relationship between song lyrics and poems. It's hard to know where one starts and the other ends, which is literally wonderful thing.
Posted 12/08/2012 09:06 AM


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