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 across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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