The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Fir-tree

Words: O Tannenbaum. First verse is traditional German, and sometimes attributed to August Zarnack, 1820; second and third verses by Ernst Gebhard Anschutz, 1824. Other verses: unknown. Translator: Aug. Zarnack.

Music: O Tannenbaum, German Folk Song
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O Christmas Tree - Notes

Source: Frederick Zuchtmann, ed., New American Music Reader. Number Two. New York: Macmillan & Co., 1908, #241, p. 115.

1. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How faithful are your branches.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How faithful are your branches.
'Tis now alone in summer's glow,
But thro' the winter's frost and snow.
How faithful are your branches.

2. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
I can but love you dearly.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
I can but love you dearly.
How many times on Christmas night,
Your beauteous gifts have brought delight!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
I can but love you dearly.

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