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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Hymns Based on Psalms
 
Psalm XXIII
 
Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877)
 
 
THE KING of love my shepherd is,
  Whose goodness faileth never:
I nothing lack if I am his,
  And he is mine forever.
 
Where streams of living water flow        5
  My ransomed soul he leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
  With food celestial feedeth.
 
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
  But yet in love he sought me        10
And on his shoulder gently laid
  And home rejoicing brought me.
 
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
  With thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,        15
  Thy cross before to guide me.
 
Thou spread’st a table in my sight,
  Thy unction grace bestoweth,
And O! what transport of delight
  From thy pure chalice floweth!        20
 
And so through all the length of days
  Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
  Within thy house forever.
 

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