The God of love my Shepherd is And he that doth me feedAuthor: George Herbert
Published in 29 hymnals
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1 The God of love my shepherd is,
and he that doth me feed;
while he is mine and I am his,
what can I want or need?
2 He leads me to the tender grass,
where I both feed and rest;
then to the streams that gently pass:
in both I have the best.
3 Or ifI stray, he doth convert,
and bring my mind in frame,
and all this not for my desert,
but for his holy name.
4 Yea, in death's shady black abode
well may I walk, not fear;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
to guide, thy staff to bear.
5 Surely thy sweet and wondrous love
shall measure all my days;
and, as it never shall remove,
so neither shall my praise.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #792
The God of love my Shepherd is. [Ps. xxiii.] Various versions of Ps. 23, each beginning with the same first line are in common use. These are:—
1. George Herbert's version, published posthumously in his Temple, 1633, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated in all subsequent editions of the same. The first stanza is:—
"The God of love my Shepherd is,
And He that doth me feed:
While He is mine and I am His,
What can I want or need?"
2. George Rawson's rendering in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 26, is based upon the above by Herbert, and the first stanza is:—
"The God of love my Shepherd is,
To watch me and to feed;
Since He is mine and I am His,
What can I ever need?”
This text was slightly altered by Mr. Rawson for the Baptist Psalms & Hymns 1858, and again for his Hymns, Verses and Chants, 1876.
3. G. Rawson has a second version of Ps. 23 in his Hymns, &c, 1876, the opening stanza of which is:—
"My Shepherd is the Living Lord,
So I can never need;
In pastures green
Still streams between
I lay me down to feed."
4. G. Rawson's third version in his Hymns, &c, 1876, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, begins:—
“The God of love my Shepherd is,
My gracious constant Guide;
I shall not want, for I am His:
In all supplied."
This was given in Thring's Collection, 1882, with a new verse by Prebendary Thring in the place of Mr. Rawson's stanzas v. The latter reads:—
"Thy grace astounds my demon foes;
True oil of joy is mine;
My cup of mercy overflows
With care divine."
Prebendary Thring's substitute is:—
"Thou spread'st my table 'mid my foes,
The oil of grace is mine,
My cup with mercy overflows
And love divine."
5. Mr. Rawson, not content with his original version, supplied us with the following in manuscript:—
"God is my host,
His welcome glows;
The festal oil is mine;
My board is spread, my cup o'erflows,
By care divine."
To our mind Prebendary Thring's version is the most acceptable of the three renderings of the fifth stanza.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 11 of 11)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #792||The God of love my shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert (1593-1633)||CM||Psalm 23||2013||Funerals and The Departed | ; Assurance | ; Comfort and Consolation | ; Death and Bereavement | ; God | Presence of; Providence | ; Trust and Confidence ||
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #707||The God of love my shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert||2008|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #587||The God of love my shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert, 1593-1633e||CM||Isaiah 2:16; Matthew 18:12; Psalm 23; Romans 13:11||2000||Funerals, Commemoration, Remembrance and All Souls ||
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #643||The God of love my shepherd is||The God of love my shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert, 1593-1633||CM||Psalm 23; Psalm 23:1-6||2000||Faith, Trust and Commitment | ; Grace and Providence | ; Year A | Easter 4; Year A | Proper 23; Year B | Easter 4; Year B | Proper 11; Year C | Easter 4|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #110||The God of love my Shepherd is||CM||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #43||The God of love my Shepherd is||The God of love my Shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert||1983|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #479||The God of love my Shepherd is||CM||1996|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #23J||The God of Love My Shepherd Is||The God of love my shepherd is||RIDGEWOOD||George Herbert, 1593-1633||220.127.116.11.||Psalm 23||2012||Assurance | ; Blessing | ; Church Year | All Saints' Day; Church Year | Maundy Thursday; Church Year | Transfiguration; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Daily Prayer | Evening Prayer; Daily Prayer | Night Prayer; Darkness | ; Discipleship | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Elements of Worship | Lord's Supper; Emmaus Road | ; Enemies | ; Evil | ; Fear | ; Freedom from Fear | ; God as | Shepherd; God's | Forgiveness; God's | Goodness; God's | House; God's | Love; God's | Name; God's | Presence; God's | Protection; God's | Providence; God's | Strength; God's | Way; Grace | ; Jesus Christ | Confidence in; Jesus Christ | Good Shepherd; Joy | ; Life Stages | Death; Love | ; New Creation | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Peace | ; People of God / Church | Citizens of Heaven; People of God / Church | Suffering; Rest | ; Temple | ; Trust | ; Year A, B, C, Easter, 4th Sunday | ; Year A, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 9-15 | ; Year B, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, June 17-23 ||
|The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #24||The God of love my Shepherd is||2006|
|The Cyber Hymnal #1864||The God of Love My Shepherd Is||The God of love my Shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert||CM||Published posthumously in <cite>The Temple</cite>, 1633|
|The New English Hymnal #77||The God of love my Shepherd is||UNIVERSITY||George Herbert, 1593-1633||CM||Psalm 23||1986||The Christian Year | Refreshment Sunday|