The King of Love (download)
A song for voice and piano on Henry Baker’s beloved text: “The King of Love my Shepherd is”
Medium voice, piano
Text: Poem by Sir Henry W. Baker (1863), based on Psalm 23.
Commissioned by Kathleen Humphrey and Mark Humphrey in honor of Bernhard and Irene Wegner on their 68th wedding anniversary.
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 spreadst 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.