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
|First Line:||The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care|
|Title:||The Lord my pasture shall prepare|
|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)|