The Lord is my shepherd (Maurice Greene)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-19)  CPDL #65216:         
Editor: Mike Wallen (submitted 2021-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 26 pages, 478 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Choir voices use C-clefs. Figured Bass. SATB with 2 Contratenor solos. This is from the 1743 Forty Select Anthems.


  • (Posted 2009-12-17)  CPDL #20617:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2009-12-17).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by James Gibb. Opening verse section (a duet setting Ps. 23:1-3) arranged for SAB, mainly by extracting a bass part from the accompaniment. Revised files uploaded 23/01/19.

General Information

Title: The Lord is my shepherd
Composer: Maurice Greene
Source of text: Psalm 23 (variant on Book of Common Prayer), Psalm 145 verses 14-16 and verse 21 (Book of Common Prayer)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: Alto duo or Alto-Tenor duo, with full SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1743 in Forty Select Anthems, no. 34

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Original text and translations

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The Lord is my shepherd, therefore can I want nothing.
He shall feed me in green pastures,
and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul
and bring me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake
The Lord is my shepherd, therefore can I nothing want.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.

The Lord upholdeth all such as fall,
and lifteth up those that are down
The eyes of all wait upon thee O Lord
and thou givest them their meat in due season
Thou openest thine hand and fillest all things living with plenteousness
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy name for ever and ever.