The King of Love My Shepherd Is ~ Hymn

 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

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
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,
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,
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!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever
.

Words:  Henry W. Baker, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern (London: 1868). This hymn was sung at the fun­er­al of Di­a­na, Prin­cess of Wales, in West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Sep­tem­ber 6, 1997. Music: St. Columba, an­cient Ir­ish mel­o­dy

Barbara from Stray Thoughts sent me the lyrics to this hymn when a couple blogger comments mentioned Verdant on my Outdoor Post last week and I talked about learning a new word. She had recalled that this was the hymn where she remembered the word verdant from. Thanks Barbara.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “The King of Love My Shepherd Is ~ Hymn

  1. Another beautiful hymn that I have never heard. Have you ever read the book, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”? It’s one of my favorites and this hymn reminds me of it. I think I need to take that book off the shelf and re-read it!

    Have a lovely Sunday Ellen B.

    xoxo Cori G.

  2. These words are wonderful. “And so through all the length of days
    Thy goodness faileth never, Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
    Within Thy house forever”

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this Ellen! I love this hymn, though I haven’t heard it sung in a while, and don’t usually hear all the verses. I think the third stanza is my favorite, though all of it is good.

  4. Ellen,

    I love this hymn. While on a road trip a few years back, our family listened to this on Michael Card’s cd every morning. We were reading aloud “A Shepherd Looks At the 23rd Psalm” as a morning devotional and then trying to learn this hymn.
    Joyce

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