The Lord my pasture shall prepare (Henry Carey)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14). Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14). Score information: A4, 1 page, 79 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 111
Description: See Surrey for other settings using this melody. Descants to the hymn are available by Alan Gray and Andrew Sims.
Original text and translations
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.
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.
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.
Though in the paths of death I tread,
with gloomy horrors overspread,
my steadfast heart shall fear no ill,
for thou, O Lord, art with me still:
thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
and guide me through the dreadful shade.