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The King of Love my shepherd is

Irish traditional melody
author of text
based on Psalm 23

H W Baker, the Anglican clergyman who wrote The King of Love my shepherd is, was an editor of this significant hymnal, and his much-loved Psalm 23 paraphrase (with its startlingly anachronistic line ‘thy Cross before to guide me’) first appeared in it. The lovely Irish tune St Columba was first put to Baker’s words in The English Hymnal of 1906, just one of many inspired matches made by the hymnal’s music editor, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The melody came from the Petrie Collection of Irish folk tunes, published in 1855; it was doubtless drawn to RVW’s attention by his old composition professor Stanford, who was responsible for the distinctive triplet in the melody which is not there in the original.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


Rutter: O praise the Lord of heaven
CSCD522Download only
Sing, ye Heavens - Hymns for all time
COLCD126Download only


Track 2 on COLCD126 [4'08] Download only
Track 7 on CSCD522 [4'08] Download only

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