The Lord is My Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep…”
John 10:14 KJV
About the Song
Words by James Montgomery (Based on Psalm 23), alt.
Music and additional text by Sally DeFord
There are a few hymns that I can’t remember ever not loving. This is one of them, though I’ve begun to realize it’s the words I love and not necessarily the traditional tune. This original melody begged to be written–though it does echo one line of the familiar hymn.
The accompaniments are nearly identical, but there are a few modifications in the choral version to accommodate the harmonies. The violin obbligato can be used with either arrangement. The solo score is provided both with and without the obbligato included. The choral score includes the violin, and a “vocal parts only” score which is just that—and only two pages long.
The recording uses the Eb-Gb version.
Sheet Music Downloads
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Recording featuring vocals by Heather Prusse:
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The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know
He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow
And safe in green pastures He maketh me rest
Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed
Through the valley and shadow of death though I stray
Thy rod shall defend me, thy staff be my stay
Since thou art my guardian, no evil I fear
No harm can befall with my comforter near
Thy mercy will follow me all of my days
And in thine own house thou preparest my place
With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er
Oh what shall I ask of thy providence more?
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