To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances;
to seek Him, the greatest adventure;
to find Him, the greatest human achievement.

Saint Augustine

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Tree of Life my soul hath seen

This is one of my most favorite songs ever, and one of my favorite "Christmas" songs. It's not really a Christmas song per se, but it tends to be performed around this time of year. :) I added a video of it being sung at the bottom of the post, so you can follow along with the words.
I hope it moves you as much as it does me -- it often brings me to tears.

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, circa 1784, New England area

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.

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
(video from about 1993, so excuse the dated look)

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