The King of love my Shepherd is

St. Columba. Traditional Irish

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The King of Love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
and He is mine for ever.

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 for ever!

H.W.Baker (1868)

after Ps. 23

Added: 8 October 2020 for Sunday 27 of Ordinary Time, Year A

Organ: Little Waldingfield