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German Christmas Carols:
“O Tannenbaum” (English)

 
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O CHRISTMAS TREE

There are many different English versions of the German “Tannenbaum” song. Here are two poetic English translations, both by authors unknown. See more about the history of this German Christmas carol below.
 


VERSION 1
Author unknown

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
In beauty green will always grow
Through summer sun and winter snow.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!
How often you give us delight
In brightly shining Christmas light!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
You are the tree most loved!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Your beauty green will teach me
That hope and love will ever be
The way to joy and peace for me.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Your beauty green will teach me.


VERSION 2
Author unknown

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
How steadfast are your branches!
Your boughs are green in summer's clime
And through the snows of wintertime.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
How steadfast are your branches!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me when oft
  at joyous Christmas-time
Your form inspires my song and rhyme.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson
That constant faith and hope sublime
Lend strength and comfort through all time.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson.

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ABOUT THIS CAROL

The English Tannenbaum lyrics above represent just two of many traditional and contemporary English versions of “O Christmas Tree.” The English lyrics above follow the original German fairly closely, but there are at least a dozen different English versions of “O Christmas Tree” (not counting parodies) — most by unknown authors. The traditional melody of “O Tannenbaum” has also found use in non-Christmas songs. Four U.S. states (Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey) have borrowed the melody for their state song. Also see a literal translation of the German carol.

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