The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Words: • Henry Williams Baker (~1868), alt.
Music:ST. COLUMBA • Ancient Irish hymn melody, arr.



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
  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,
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,
  Thy cross before to guide me.


Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
  My head with grace bestoweth.
And oh! What transport of delight
  From Thy pure chalice* floweth.


And so through all the length of days
  Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
  Within Thy house for ever.

*cup, as in the Lord’s supper

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs n/a    
Songs for Worship and Praise n/a
Songs of Faith and Praise n/a
Praise for the Lord n/a
Hymns for Worship (Revised) n/a
Songs of the Church n/a
Sacred Selections n/a
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 n/a

This hymn is not commonly found in printed hymnals used among churches of Christ. However:




  • The English Hymnal with Tunes (1906)


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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15