Scripture Verse

The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm 23:1


Mary E. Currier (1858–1909)

Words: Le­on­ard Weav­er, in Songs of the Peace­mak­er, ed­it­ed by Win­field S. Weed­en et al. (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Jud­son W. Van De­Ven­ter, 1904), num­ber 68.

Music: Ma­ry E. Cur­ri­er (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals give the com­pos­er as M. E. Up­ham, Cur­ri­er’s mai­den name.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Weav­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Cur­ri­er,


I have a shepherd, one I love so well;
What He is to me tongue can ne­ver tell;
On the cross He suffered, shed His blood, and died,
That I might ever in His love confide.


Following Je­sus ever day by day,
Nothing have I to fear when He leads the way;
Darkness or sunshine, whate’er befall,
Jesus the Sav­ior is my all in all.

Pastures abundant doth His hand provide,
Still waters flowing ever at my side;
Goodness and mercy follow on my track;
With such a shepherd nothing can I lack.


When I would wander from the path as­tray,
Then He doth draw me back into the way;
In the darkest valley I need fear no ill,
For He my shepherd will be with me still.


When the work is over and the journey done,
Then He will lead me safely to my home;
There I shall dwell in rapture pure and sweet,
And with all the loved ones gather at His feet.