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Singing through the Year: The Lord Is My Shepherd

Singing through the Year: The Lord Is My Shepherd

We’re at one of the best weeks for hymnody outside of Advent and Christmas: the one with Psalm 23! How many wonderful settings of that Psalm are there? Uh, a lot. So today: three hymns for your listening and learning pleasure.

First, my 10 month old son’s #1 favorite hymn to listen to, the American folk hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Here are two versions to listen to—the early music ensemble Anonymous 4 singing a shape note version of the hymn, and a brisk, sensitive collegiate version of the American composer Virgil Thomson's arrangement of the hymn. Words and sheet music here >>>

Second, the setting of Psalm 23 that I’m learning this week: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” The American composer Dan Forrest has written a wonderful choral arrangement of the hymn which you can listen to here, and here's an a cappella setting. Words and sheet music here >>> (You'll see a couple tunes listed—these choral arrangements are of the tune ST. COLUMBA.)

Last but not least is the charming “The Lord Is My Shepherd" by Howard Goodall, which you’ll recognize if you’re a fan of the British comedy television show The Vicar of Dibley. It's not quite a congregational song, but still singable (and the choral music is available here).

I hope you enjoy listening to these and maybe learning one of the hymns!

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