The Happy Tree
By Gerald Gould


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The Happy Tree
By Gerald Gould

There was a bright and happy tree;
The wind with music laced its boughs,
Thither across the houseless sea
Came singing birds to house.

Men grudged the tree its happy eves,
Its happy dawns of eager sound;
So all that crown and tower of leaves
They leveled with the ground.

They made an upright of the stem,
A crosspiece of a bough they made:
No shadow of their deed on them
The fallen branches laid.

But blithely, since the year was young
When they a fitting hill did find,
There on the happy tree they hung
The Savior of mankind.