odo dobrowolski

What does he plant who plants a tree?
  He plants a friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
  The shaft of beauty, towering high;
  He plants a home to heaven anigh;
     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 cool shade and tender rain,
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,
     Who 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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The Heart of the Tree

Henry Cuyler Bunner

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Graphic - Odo Dobrowolski