The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Christmas Tree

For Christmas

Version 14

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 unknown.

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

O Christmas Tree - Notes

Source: Albert E. Wier, ed. Songs the Children Love to Sing. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1916

1. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How faithful are thy leaves;
You bloom with summer's fairest rose,
And in the winter's bitter snows;
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How faithful are thy leaves!

2. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Thy leaves teach me a lesson;
For they give hope and constancy
Give strength and courage unto me;
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Thy leaves teach me a lesson!

Sheet Music from Weir

Note:

Thanks to Richard Green, a Los Angeles musicologist, for providing this version.

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