802. The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)

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1 The King of love my shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine forever.

2 Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow,
with food celestial feedeth.

3 Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

4 In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

5 Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house forever.

Text Information
First Line: The King of love my shepherd is
Title: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)
Author: Henry Williams Baker (1868)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Scripture: Psalm 23; Psalm 79:13; Psalm 95:7; Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 34:11-13; Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 15:3-7; John 10:9; John 10:14-15; John 10:27; 1 Peter 2:25
Topic: Eternal Life; Forgiveness; Funeral4 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. COLUMBA
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Irish melody; harm. The English Hymnal, 1906, alt.


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Since its creation in the mid-19th century, this text has been one of the favorite paraphrases of Psalm 23 in the English-speaking world. That popularity increased in the early 20th century when The English Hymnal, 1906, first joined these words to this flowing Irish melody.


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