Scripture Verse

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Introduction

illustration
Christ the Shepherd
Bernhard Plockhorst
(1825–1907)

Words: J. C. Long, in Fount of Bless­ing, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Sta­ples (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1880), page 135.

Music: Shep­herd Ro­bert G. Sta­ples (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Long’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Robert G. Staples
(1833–1891)

Lyrics

My shepherd is the Lord,
Who rules the earth and skies;
He leads me thro’ His pastures green,
And all my wants supplies.

Beside the shaded brook
I lay me down and rest,
And in Jehovah’s watchful care
I am supremely blest.

No gloomy shade of death
Or valley dark I fear;
The Shepherd’s rod and staff I see,
And feel protection near.

To heed His loving voice
I never would refuse:
And where my living steps shall stray
I leave to Him to choose.

My heart shall be as calm
As any summer’s day;
I follow where He kindly leads,
And love His chosen way.