Lord gouerns me (J. Guy Stalnaker)
- Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-26). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 128 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Richard Rolle's Psalter, Yorkshire, c. 1340 (The Psalter or Psalms of David. Ed. H.R. Bramley. Oxford, 1884.) Middle English Pronunciation Guide: https://mediakron.bc.edu/alliterativepoetry With thanks and appreciation to Sherry Reames, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Middle English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: Lord gouerns me
Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
First published: 2018
Description: An SATB setting of Psalm 23 from Richard Rolle's Psalter, Yorkshire, c. 1340 (The Psalter or Psalms of David. Ed. H.R. Bramley. Oxford, 1884.). This setting is melodically and harmonically similar to another edition on CPDL, The Lord is my Shepherd that sets the KJV version of Psalm 23.
Original text and translations
Middle English text
Lord gouerns me he nathyng sall me want;
in sted of pasture thare he me sett.
On the watere of rehetynge for he me broght;
my saule he turnyd.
He led me on the stretis of rightwisnes; for his name.
For whi if i. had gane in middis of the shadow of ded;
i. sall noght dred noght dred illes, for thou ert with me.
Thi wand and thi staf; thai haf confortyd me.
Thou has ordand in my syght the bord; agayns thaim that angirs me.
Thou fattid my heued with oyle; and my chalice drunkynand what it is bright.
And thi mercy shall follow me; all the dayes of my lif,
And that i wan in the hows of lord; in length of dayes.
Richard Rolle's Psalter, Yorkshire, c. 1340, (The Psalter or Psalms of David. Ed. H.R. Bramley. Oxford, 1884.)