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Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

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Christmas song Time: 2'00.
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Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (also known as Apple Tree) is a poem purportedly written by an unknown New Englander in the 18th century. It has been set to music by a number of composers, including Jeremiah Ingalls (1764–1838) and Elizabeth Poston (1905–1987).

History

The first known publication of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" was in 1784 in Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians by Joshua Smith, a lay Baptist minister from New Hampshire. The song may be an allusion to the description of an apple tree in Song of Songs 2:3, and apple trees were commonly grown in early New England. The piece is performed by choirs around the world, especially during the Christmas season as a Christmas carol.

Original text of music

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

1

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green:
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree.

2

His beauty doth all things excel:
By faith I know, but ne’er can tell,
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

3

For happiness I long have sought,
And pleasure dearly I have bought:
I missed of all; but now I see
'Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

4

I'm weary with my former toil,
Here I will sit and rest a while:
Under the shadow I will be,
Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

5

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,
It keeps my dying faith alive:
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

External links

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree words at San Francisco Bach Choir website


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