Heaven's Christmas Tree

I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree

Author: Charles A. Tindley
Tune: HEAVEN'S CHRISTMAS TREE
Published in 3 hymnals

Full Text

1 I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree,
It was fixed in yon Bethlehem's, Bethlehem's stall.
The blessings of heaven for you and for me,
A Christmas present for all.

Refrain:
There is a package for me on that tree;
A precious token that someone loves me.
Oh yes, I can see on Calvary's Tree,
That there is a package for me.

2 There is one I behold in letters of gold,
It hangs on a limb near to, limb near to me.
'Tis labeled "salvation," and Jesus, I'm told,
Has bought that package for me. [Refrain]

3 There is one just above, it's title is love,
It is marked by a deep crimson, deep crimson stain.
For there it was tied by the Lord when He died,
And glory to His dear name. [Refrain]

4 Another I see, it must be for me,
The words "I will help you" I, help you I read.
While holding His hand, by faith I can stand,
And this is the package I need. [Refrain]

5 There are many, I'm sure, but just this one more
I speak of above all the, bove all the rest.
It spells "happy home" with God near the throne,
A place where the weary shall rest. [Refrain]

Source: African American Heritage Hymnal #205

Author: Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree
Title: Heaven's Christmas Tree
Author: Charles A. Tindley
Meter: 11.9.11.7 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: There is a package for me on that tree

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #205TextPage Scan
Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley #38
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #257



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