The Lord himself, the mighty Lord (Stephen Jarvis)

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  • (Posted 2011-06-06)  CPDL #23682:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-06-06).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original order of staves is Counter - Tenor - Treble - Bass: the counter part is notated in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch. The vocal bass part is figured in the source: this figuring has been omitted from the present edition to facilitate the underlaying of the text. The first verse only of the text is given in the source: subsequent verses have been added editorially, on the basis of the title 'Psalm 23d. 1 2 3 & 6 Verses' in the source. Notes printed as small grace notes in the source have been written out in full in the present edition.

General Information

Title: The Lord himself, the mighty Lord
Composer: Stephen Jarvis
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1816 in Twelve Psalm Tunes and Eight Anthems, p. 5
Description: A setting by Stephen Jarvis of Psalm 23 in the metrical New Version. Hymn Tune Index tune number 18236.

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Original text and translations

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The Lord himself, the mighty Lord,
Vouchsafes to be my guide;
The shepherd by whose constant care
My wants are all supplied.

In tender grass he makes me feed,
And gently there repose,
Then leads me to cool shades, and where
Refreshing water flows.

He does my wand'ring soul reclaim,
And to his endless praise,
Instruct with humble zeal to walk
In his most righteous ways.

Since God does thus his wondrous love
Through all my life extend,
That life to him I will devote,
And in his temple spend.