Earth’s Tall Trees

SATB A cappella

3 min

Archibald Lampman

Plangere Editions


Commissioned by Central Bucks High School- East, South and West Choirs: Chris Villante, Joseph Stellino and Joseph Ohrt conductors.



The tall trees stand without fear, without pain,
Though summers gather their gold and go;
For life is a thing to be lived; it is gain;
In the bounty of June or the winter’s snow;
Through miles of shadow and soft heat,

Where field and fallow, fence and tree,
Were all one world of greenery,
I heard the robin ringing sweet,
The sparrow piping silvery,
The thrushes at the forest’s hem;
And as I went I sang with them.

They are earth’s, they are God’s, and whatever may be,
They stand, as we ought to do, straight and free.


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Themes: equality, peace, nature, respect, community, togetherness, unity

About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed in sixteen countries. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada where he maintains an active composition and teaching studio.

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