My Shepherd will supply my need

My Shepherd will supply my need.Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).  Psalm 23 has always been a great comfort in life, and in the face of death (it is often used in funerals). By the time Watts wrote his version, it had attracted several versifiers, from William Whittingham* (‘The Lord is only my support’) and George Herbert* (‘The God of love my shepherd is’*) to Nahum Tate*/Nicholas Brady* (‘The Lord himself, the mighty Lord’) and Joseph Addison* (‘The Lord my pasture shall prepare’*). Watts provided three metrical paraphrases in The Psalms of David imitated in the language of the New Testament, and apply’d to the Christian State and Worship (1719), in Long Metre, Common Metre, and Short...

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