Mario Lanza sings “Trees”

My father (who is always kind and is the lighthouse in our family),  sent me this clip of the great Mario Lanza singing the famous poem by Joyce Kilmer (did you know Joyce was a man with what now seems to be mostly a woman’s name?). Here is the poem itself:

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

“Trees” was originally published in Trees and Other Poems. Joyce Kilmer. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914.

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6 Responses

  1. Daniel Buckles
    Daniel Buckles November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am | | Reply

    A beautiful reminder that in an urban forest trees planted by God (whatever that may be to you) are sacred.

  2. Sylvia Smith
    Sylvia Smith September 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm | | Reply

    Oh my, reading this put joy in my heart! I just LOVE this project! And what a great way to keep evil developers at bay. Thank you so much, all those involved in this project! When either of our back yard trees dies, I will plant a bur oak. They are SO BEAUTIFUL! And I remember the poem very well. When I was young, we used to have “oratory contests” and grades one, two, and three had to recite a poem in front of a public audience. In grade 2, Joyce Kilmer’s poem was one that I chose to recite. And I won a trophy for it! There was very little competition (one-room school house in rural Saskatchewan with no running water), which was likely the reason, but still, me mimicking a tree was pretty special! Thank you again!

  3. D. Ward
    D. Ward June 25, 2018 at 12:57 am | | Reply

    I love this poem and shed a tear whenever I see a large tree taken down. This was my mother’s favorite poem and I have a framed picture of trees and the poem that was hers. I have never heard it in music before and I am in my 80’s. Absolutely beautiful.

  4. Linda Rudnicki
    Linda Rudnicki September 25, 2018 at 1:43 pm | | Reply

    This poem was sung on a programme in the UK called Songs of Praise by our wonderful Welsh singer Bryn Terfel. It truly touched my soul. So wonderful to hear the outstanding Mario Lanza version.

  5. Phil Ireton
    Phil Ireton October 30, 2018 at 6:14 pm | | Reply

    I love this song. I remember back in 1952 and sing it today still.

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