Latinised Hymns

The King of love my Shepherd is

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

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'll fear no ill
With thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy Cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And O 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 for ever.

H.W.Baker (Ps 23)

Est Deus pastor dirigens
perpetuoque bonus:
bene est dum illi sim cliens
et ille mi patronus.

Aquosa iuxta flumina
me ducit is redemptum,
cui laeta praebent pascua
caeleste nutrimentum.

Me saepe gradu devio
vagantem indagavit
suoque tulit humero
domumque me portavit.

Nil mortis valle metuam
te, Deus, comitante;
me virga fulcis, semitam
Cruce mihi monstrante.

Tu mensam mihi suggeris,
unguento tu beas me;
et o! quam voluptariis
calicibus rigas me.

Sic me beas, quot sunt dies:
est bonitas aeterna;
ut laudem, Pastor, usque des
in aede te superna.

MM 13–19.12.97