Jesus Christ the apple tree

Elizabeth Poston

The tree of life my soul hath seen,
Laden with fruit and always green:
The tree 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 have I 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.

Words from ‘Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs’, compiled Joshua Smith (1784)


Elizabeth Poston (1905–1987)