Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

  • Composer: Andrew Carter 
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Cat No: W156
  • Canadian Work: No

Conductor Notes:

The most famous setting of the text, of course, is by Elizabeth Poston for mixed choir a cappella. Carter’s charming setting his own original music. Not strictly a Christmas text, we have performed this in a Christmas concert. For choir and harp or piano.


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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 haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree.