The King of love my shepherd is
The King of love my shepherd is. Sir Henry Williams Baker* (1821-1877).
This much-loved version of Psalm 23 was written by Baker sometime before 1868, when it appeared in the Appendix to the First Edition of A&M. It is notable for its skilful metre, and its well-managed rhyme scheme of single and double rhymes, which control and shape the emotion very beautifully.
It was bold of Baker to undertake a metrical version of a psalm that was so well known and frequently paraphrased: he had Herbert* and Addison* and Watts*, and many metrical psalters, as predecessors. His particular contribution was to give an Anglican slant to Psalm 23, interpreting it as a psalm of love and care, but...
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