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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
“The King of love my Shepherd is”
By Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821–1877)
        “The Lord is my shepherd.”
—Psalm xxiii. 1.    

THE KING of love my Shepherd is,
  Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
  And He is mine for ever.
Where streams of living water flow        5
  My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
  With food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
  But yet in love He sought me,        10
And on His shoulder gently laid,
  And home, rejoicing, brought me.
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
  With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,        15
  Thy Cross before to guide me.
Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
  Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
  From Thy pure Chalice floweth!        20
And so through all the length of days
  Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
  Within Thy house for ever.

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