Don't Forget the Tree
A Poem for Arbor Day - Author Unknown
How beauteous is the lordly tree
That scatters cooling shade!
The landscape, O how fair and free
By loving Nature made;
The birds that build in leafy bough
Hail each returning spring,
And in the emerald forests now
They make the Welkin ring.
The tree we plant in years becomes
A monarch old and gray,
And thousands from unbuilded homes
Will bless our Arbor Day;
We plant not for the present time,
But for the days in store.
And those who come from distant clime
Will bless us o'er and o'er.
Hail Arbor Day! With busy hands
With cheerful hearts and free
We come in Nature; loving hands
To plant the bush or tree;
Unto the wide extending plain,
Or to the sun scorched way
We bring the cooling shade again
With joy this Arbor Day.