1 The Lord is my shepherd, my guardian, and guide;
Whatsoever I want, he will kindly provide;
To the sheep of his pasture his mercies abound,
His care and protection his flock will surround;
If e'er from his fold they should wander abroad,
His care will recall them, and fix their abode,
Where himself, in the midst, with a provident eye,
Will regard all their wants, and provide a supply.
2 The Lord is my shepherd, what then shall I fear?
What danger can frighten me while he is near?
Not when the time calls me to walk thro' the vale
Of the shadow of death, shall my heart ever fail;
Tho' afraid, of myself, to pursue the dark way,
Thy rod and thy staff be my comfort and stay;
For I know, by thy guidance, when once it is past,
To a fountain of life it will bring me at last.
3 The Lord is become my salvation and song,
His blessings shall follow me all my life long;
Whatsoever condition he places me in,
I am sure 'tis the best it could ever have been;
For the Lord he is good, and his mercies are sure;
He only afflicts us, in order to cure;
The Lord will I praise while I have any breath,
Be content all my life, and resign'd in my death.
Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XXXVII