Scripture Verse

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1–3

Introduction

illustration
Nahum Tate
(1652–1715)

Words: Na­hum Tate & Ni­cho­las Bra­dy, A New Ver­sion of the Psalms of Da­vid 1698.

Music: Len­o­al, ar­ranged from J. J. Behr­ens by Lo­well Ma­son, Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: John H. Wil­kins & Ri­chard B. Car­ter, 1844), page 92 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Behr­ens’ full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Bra­dy, would you ?

portrait
Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

The Lord Himself, the mighty Lord,
Vouchsafes to be my guide;
The shepherd, by whose constant care
My wants are all supplied.

In tender grass He makes me feed,
And gently there repose;
Then leads me to cool shades, and where
Refreshing water flows.

He does my wandering soul reclaim,
And, to His endless praise,
Instruct with humble zeal to walk
In His most righteous ways.

I pass the gloomy vale of death,
From fear and danger free;
For there His aiding rod and staff
Defend and comfort me.

Since God doth thus His wondrous love
Through all my life extend,
That life to Him I will devote,
And in His temple spend.