King of Love–high (download)

High voice and piano–4′

A setting of Henry Baker’s popular paraphrase of Psalm 23. A sacred song appropriate for worship or recital.

Listen to a performance (medium key) by Sahar Hassan, mezzo-soprano with DET, piano

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The King of Love–Psalm 23

High voice, piano
4′ duration
Text: Poem by Sir Henry W. Baker (1863), based on Psalm 23.
Commissioned by Kathleen and Mark Humphrey in honor of Bernhard and Irene Wegner on their 68th wedding anniversary.
8 pages
Published by North Star Music.

Voice range:
Also available a whole-step lower here.


The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine forever.

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 spredst a table in my sight;
Thine unction 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 forever.


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