The Good Shepherd

The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care

Author: Joseph Addison (1712)
Published in 546 hymnals

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1 The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
and feed me with a shepherd's care;
his presence shall my wants supply,
and guard me with a watchful eye;
my noonday walks he shall attend,
and all my midnight hours defend.

2 When in the sultry glebe I faint,
or on the thirsty mountain pant,
to fertile vales and dewy meads
my weary wandering steps he leads,
where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
amid the verdant landscape flow.

3 Though in a bare and rugged way
through devious lonely wilds I stray,
thy bounty shall my pains beguile;
the barren wilderness shall smile
with sudden greens and herbage crowned,
and streams shall murmur all around.

4 Though in the paths of death I tread,
with gloomy horrors overspread,
my steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
for thou, 0 Lord, art with me still:
thy friendly staff shall give me aid,
and guide me through the dreadful shade.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #798

Author: Joseph Addison

Addison, Joseph, born at Milston, near Amesbury, Wiltshire, May 1, 1672, was the son of the Rev. Lancelot Addison, sometime Dean of Lichfield, and author of Devotional Poems, &c, 1699. Addison was educated at the Charterhouse, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1691 and M.A. 1693. Although intended for the Church, he gave himself to the study of law and politics, and soon attained, through powerful influence, to some important posts. He was successively a Commissioner of Appeals, an Under Secretary of State, Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Chief Secretary for Ireland. He married, in 1716, the Dowager Countess of Warwick, and died at Holland House, Kensington, June 17, 1719. Addison is most widely known through… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care
Title: The Good Shepherd
Author: Joseph Addison (1712)
Source: The Spectator No. 441, July 26, 1712 (reproduced in The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq., Volume 3, 1721)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Ancient and Modern #798

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Common Praise #593

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #653

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CPWI Hymnal #238

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #111

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Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints #109

Spurgeon's Own Hymn Book #23d

The Baptist Hymnal #75


The Cyber Hymnal #3865


The New English Hymnal #458

The Sacred Harp #402

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