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 awhile:
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 hast to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.
Source: Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #749
|First Line:||The tree of life my soul hath seen|
|Title:||Christ the Appletree|
|Author:||Richard Hutchins (1761)|
|Source:||"The Spiritual Magazine," 1761 (England)|
|Article:||Hymn Interpertation by Joan Halmo (from The Hymn)|
The poem was attributed to "R.H." in The Spiritual Magazine, 1761 and collected into the book Divine, Moral, and Historical Miscellanies, in Prose and Verse... (London, 1761). The poem was later republished in A Handful of Flowers compiled by Rev. C. Chandler and published by Axtel and Pardon, London, in 1768. Since The Spiritual Magazine was a magazine for Calvinistic Baptists, "R.H." contributed additional poems to this magazine, one of which identifies him as being from Long Buckby and a minister by the name of Richard Hutchins served the Calvinist Baptist congregation in Long Buckby from about 1759-1765, it is likely that "R.H." refers to Richard Hutchins.
Dianne Shapiro, from "Richard Hutchins: the poet of 'The Tree of life my soul hath seen (Jesus Christ the Apple Tree)" by Gerald Montagu posted on the Fasola Discussion Group (Google Group) accessed 2/9/2017
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #461||The tree of life my soul hath seen||The tree of life my soul hath seen||Jesus Christ the Apple Tree||1992|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #462||The tree of life my soul hath seen||The tree of life my soul hath seen||Pinkham||1992|
|Common Praise (1998) #488||The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen||The tree of life my soul hath seen||PINKHAM||Joshua Smith, 18th cent.||LM||Genesis 2:4-9; Genesis 2:15-25; Genesis 3:1-24; Proverbs 3:13-24; Luke 10:38-42; Luke 19:1-10; John 15:1-17; Revelation 22:1-21||1998||Salvation/Redemption | ; Christian Life |||<cite>Divine Hymns of Spiritual Songs</cite>, New Hampshire, 1784|
|Hymns of Truth & Light #105||The tree of life my soul hath seen||The tree of life my soul hath seen||CORNISH CAROL||1998|
|Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #749||The tree of life my soul hath seen||The tree of life my soul hath seen||APPLE TREE||Anonymous||LM||Genesis 2:9; Revelation 22:2||1997||Hymns and Spiritual Songs | Threefold God: Jesus||a collection of Joshua Smith, New Hampshire, from|