The Lord my shepherd is (Thomas Purday)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2018-11-25). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 61 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The allocation of parts is not specified in the score in the source, but the preface to the work indicates that 'The air, or leading melody throughout the whole is placed next the bass for the accomodation of performers on the piano-forte or organ'. This air has been treated here as the soprano part, i.e. the original order of parts is treated as Alto - Tenor - Soprano (Air) - Bass. The alto and tenor parts are given in the source in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. The text is not given in the source: the only indication is 'Ps: 23' in the heading. The version is not specified, but of the commonly used versions (Old Version, New Version and Isaac Watts' paraphrases), this is the only one in Short Metre. Repeated lines of text are indicated with ://: markings in the source.
First published: 1807 in Harmonia Sacra Londinensis, London, p. 49
Description: This tune was compiled by Thomas Purday and published by the firm Purday & Button, of 75 St. Paul's Church Yard, in which he was a partner. This tune is attributed 'T. Purday' in the source: the tune name 'Button's' might be a reference to S. J. Button, Purday's partner in the publishing firm. Hymn Tune Index tune number 12152.
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 23.