The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Christmas Tree

Version 3; Compare Version 1

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: Ruth Heller.

Source: Ruth Heller, Christmas, Its Carols, Customs and Legends (Chicago, Hall & McCreary, 1948, 112 pages), p. 56. This volume has been republished by Kessinger Publishing.

Music: O Tannenbaum, German Folk Song
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

O Christmas Tree - Notes

1. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.
Your boughs, so green in summertime,
Do brave the snow of wintertime.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.

2. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.
Like little stars, your candles bright,
Send to the world a wondrous light,
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.

3. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.
A symbol of the Lord of Love
Whom God to man sent from above.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.

4. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.
You tell us all to faithful be,
And trust in God eternally.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.

Note: This page was updated on Dec. 13, 2010 due to a very kind letter from Judy in Texas on December 8, 2010. One verse was corrected and two verses added. Thanks, Judy! (and thanks to you all who write ... it helps make the site better for everyone).

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