The Lord is my Shepherd (song)

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"The Lord is my Shepherd" is one of the most famous hymns in England that takes its words from Psalm 23. Its first appearance was in the Scottish Psalter (1650). It is traditionally sung at funerals. Its beautiful words remind us that God is our guide and protector.


There are two well-known tunes associated with the hymn:

  • Crimond CM a melody by Jessie Seymour Irvine
  • Brother James Air CM a melody by James Leith Macbeth Bain


The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want

He makes me down to lie

In pastures green, he leadeth me

The quiet waters by

My soul he doth restore again

And me to walk doth make

Within the paths of righteousness

Even for his own name's sake

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale

Yet will I fear none ill

For thou are with me, and thy rod

And staff me comfort still

My table thou hast furnished

In presence of my foes

My head thou dost with oil anoint

And my cup overflows

Goodness and mercy all my life

Shall surely follow me

And in God's house for evermore

My dwelling-place shall be


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