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There in God’s garden stands the Tree of Wisdom

There in God’s garden stands the Tree of Wisdom. Erik Routley* (1917-1982). Routley wrote this hymn, which is entitled ‘The Tree of Life’ as part of his editorial work on Cantate Domino (1974, full music 1980), the World Council of Churches’ hymnal. The Hungarian hymn ‘Paradicsomnak te szép élö Fája’ (‘You beautiful living tree of Paradise’) by Pécselyi Király Imre (c.1585-c.1641) was at that time, in Routley’s own words, ‘just about all that is yet available from Hungarian Protestantism’ (A Panorama of Christian Hymnody, 1979, p. 216). While the original had fifteen stanzas, stanzas 3-11 were meditations on the Seven Last Words, and were omitted. Routley explained that the hymn was a...

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