85. The Lord my pasture shall prepare

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, O Lord, art with me still:
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

Text Information
First Line: The Lord my pasture shall prepare
Author: Joseph Addison (1712)
Meter: L. M.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Creation and Providence; Providence; Easter Season, Thrid Sunday (1 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune #406 or #446
Tune Information
Meter: L. M.
Key: G Major
Notes: Composer from index: Rev. H. L. Jenner, 1861

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