Even Trees Awake to a Breakfast of Light

Music: Introitus.
By Tomas Luis de Victoria
Performed by the Tudor Consort at The Free Music Archive
under an Attribution - Non-Commercial license.

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Even trees awake to a breakfast of light.
In hungry excitement they elevate their leaves,
Great green choirs with ten thousand open mouths,
Hosanna-ing the sun from silent boughs.
Trees know glory with neither sound nor sight,
Yet spread their limbs with phototropic ease.

No one knows the inwardness of trees;
Imagination, though, rapport allows:
Nor sickness, fire, drought, nor age, nor blight
Erodes their silent worship of delight.

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