Overhead the Tree-Tops Meet

(1902)

"Overhead the Tree-Tops Meet" sets a poem of Robert Browning. The song was composed by Clara Kathleen Rogers in 1902 and published in 1903 by Arthur P. Schmidt Publishing.

The song is currently out-of-print, but there is a copy in the Library of Congress Special Collection of publications from the Arthur P. Schmidt Publishing Company.

Overhead the Tree-Tops Meet
by Robert Browning


Overhead the tree-tops meet,
Flowers and grass spring 'neath one's feet;
There was nought above me, and nought below,
My childhood had not learned to know:
For what are the voices of birds
—Ay, and of beasts,—but words—our words,
Only so much more sweet?
The knowledge of that with my life begun!
But I had so near made out the sun,
And counted your stars, the Seven and One,
Like the fingers of my hand:
Nay, I could all but understand
Wherefore through heaven the white moon ranges,
And just when out of her soft fifty changes
No unfamiliar face might overlook me—
Suddenly God took me!


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