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Celebrating Arbor Day at The Holiday Zone

The Heart of the Tree

Henry Cuyler Bunner


     What does he plant who plants a tree?
          He plants the friend of sun and sky;
     He plants the flag and breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a hove to heaven anight
     For song and mother-croon of bird
     In hushed and happy twilight heard --
The treble of heaven's harmony --
These things he plants who plants a tree.

     What does he plant who plants a tree?
          He plants coold shade and tender tain,
     And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest's heritage;
     The harvest of a coming age;
     The joy that unborn eyes shall see --
These things he plants who plants a tree.

     What does he plant who plants a tree?
          He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
     In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good --
His blessings on the neighborhood
     When in the hollow of His hand
     Holds all the growth of all our land --
A nation's growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.


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