03 February 2009

Apple Tree

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Solomon, 2:3)

During Christmas Season we sing "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree," often on the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. I find the hymn's music and lyrics simple, tender, and emotionally rich. The title is a link to hear it; here are the lyrics.

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.

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.

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.

I'm weary with my former toil,
here I will sit and rest awhile:
under the shadow I will be,
of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this. Those words could almost have come from the Bible itself. How wonderful that ~200 years after they were written a woman (Elizabeth Poston) put them into a musical setting worthy of them.